Tracey Reichow, Winemaker and Founder of BCV, brings to the table almost three decades of winemaking expertise. Tracey is a first-person farmer whose “boots on the ground” philosophy takes her through the vineyards daily. This personal relationship guides her viticultural decisions, ultimately leading to wines that express the distinct character of the grapes and their vineyards. After a dozen years on the bond trading floor and two successfully launched children, she discovered a new passion for viticulture and winemaking in the Napa Valley. Her passion gained momentum throughout her education at UC Davis and Napa Valley College. What started with the planting and farming of a home vineyard, quickly grew into a love for winemaking and her establishment of the BCV brand in 1999. In the almost 30 years since it was founded by Tracey, the BCV brand has garnered numerous awards and notoriety: Award winning Napa Valley Winemaker & Napa Valley’s Best Hidden Gem Winery. Tracey crafts the wines of Black Cat Vineyard by hand, with a passion for perfection. She develops an intimate sense of each wine, from soil to cellar to bottle, with keen observations, an experienced hand, and a highly personal relationship with the wines.


Samantha began her career as a CPA for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, later managing real estate investment funds in the private and public sectors. She officially joined the family business at Black Cat Vineyard in 2016. Running a family business requires wearing many hats, and Samantha manages everything from hospitality and wine club, to compliance and financial reporting. And it’s always all hands on deck come Harvest!


Rick and Tracey have been married for over 40 years. Rick spent many years in the C-suite and later as a Business Consultant, then retired to discover that Tracey had built a successful and fast-growing wine business. In 2010, Rick designed and built a production facility to meet all of the needs of Tracey’s growing winery business. Adept at everything from forklift operation to brand consulting he is an indispensable member for the team.