Fortunate life experiences are what led Lang & Reed’s Sales and Marketing Director, Megan Skupny, into the wine industry. The motivated fitness instructor with a degree in Sports Business from the University of Georgia fell in love with a budding winemaker (Reed Skupny) and fire-damaged bottles of Peter Michael wines, earned by buffing glassware at a bar during college, and suddenly found herself soaking up France’s Loire Valley. In a post-college Hail Mary to follow a dream, Reed and Megan sold everything they owned and moved to Chinon to find their own passion for Cabernet Franc to potentially follow the family footsteps. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, as her soon-to-be husband harvested vineyards for Domaine Bernard Baudry, Megan visited various wineries and farmers’ markets, learning about their new home through her sense of taste, smell and sight. While being in France to study Cabernet Franc, it was actually Chenin Blanc that caught her eye. Eventually marrying in Chinon and hosting a reception in Vouvray, Reed and Megan not only deepened their love for each other in France, but also became smitten with the complexities and stylistic multitudes of Chenin Blanc. This inspiration fueled the desire to bring her newfound adoration for Chenin Blanc back to Lang & Reed in Napa Valley.
Upon her return to California’s Wine Country, Megan cut her teeth in wine sales with the Hall Family at Long Meadow Ranch. With the endless support to continue learning and growing, she learned the ins and outs the wine industry, quickly working her way up to manage their national sales program.
Now leading the Sales & Marketing efforts for Lang & Reed while raising two young children, she still finds time to teach several fitness classes a week and fondly reminisces on their days in France through date nights at Bouchon and glasses of her favorite Domaine Huet Haut Lieu Moelleaux. A self-proclaimed Champagne devotee, Megan not only prefers bubbly, but exudes it. Sparkling and vivacious, she is over the moon about the opening of Lang & Reed’s new tasting salon. No longer relying solely on distributors to tell the story of Lang & Reed, she is excited about the opportunity to share the family’s passion for Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc with others. Face to face, she looks forward to meeting those whose life experiences lead them to Lang & Reed.
Believing in moderation and the importance of trusting your instincts, Megan understands that there is always more to learn - especially when it comes to wine. In addition to her work with Lang & Reed, Megan is a recent graduate of Sonoma State University in their Executive Wine MBA program. This is an accelerated program that aims at producing the next leaders in the wine industry.
Meet Megan at these Harvest Wine & Food Festival events:
Lang & Reed Wine Dinner at Wild Olives - 10.19.23
Harvest After Dark - 10.20.23
Grand Tasting VIP Tent presented by Brad Dahler of Scenic Sotheby's and Emerald Coast Magazine - 10.21.23