Sophie Gray tells the love story that created everyone’s favorite wine tribe

Last Updated on October 10, 2020 by Kristen

Sophie James Wine

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The idea for Sophie James Wine was a seed planted on Sophie and James Gray’s first date even though they didn’t realize it. That night as James discussed his dream of owning a ranch, moving to the boonies, and creating an off-the-grid community, Sophie fell in love with the idea and him, too.

Little did they know that nearly a decade later, Sophie would have made an extreme career switch from scientist to co-founder (with James) of a wine company and club with a miles-long waiting list—oh, and that they’d also be married with two children.

Sophie James Wine

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The path was not easy and definitely not straightforward, but Sophie’s grateful that she followed advice she’d recently heard and couldn’t stop thinking about: that to accomplish extraordinary things requires extraordinary risk.

Quitting a promising career in science and turning down a coveted job at Stanford may have sounded insane at the time, but as you’ll discover in the podcast, the risk was most definitely worth it.


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Lundberg Design (architect)

Cello & Maudru (contractor)

Shelter Co.


Lord Stanley

Kendra Smoot

Marigold Flowers

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