Just three years after his move from Jordan to the Napa Valley in 1990, Al Jabarin’s lifelong passion for all things wine implored him to make a leap of faith and become one of the first entrepreneurs to sell wine on the Internet. Armed with a background in economics and a common sense approach, the concept that became known as Calwine.com was launched in 1993 as one of the original websites for wine ecommerce.
In 2006 Jabarin opened Calwine’s brick and mortar location, leasing a building on the Silverado Trail in Napa. Four years later, his vision expanded to include a wine-centric dining destination in Downtown Napa that would ultimately become 1313 Main.
Over the years, Al and his team have cultivated vast and long-lasting relationships with producers and importers, each year tasting thousands of wines to select the range, depth and breadth of 1313 Main’s wine list that marries perfectly with the restaurant’s locally-sourced, seasonally-focused food offerings.
“I’ve enjoyed so many wonderful and prosperous years in the wine industry,” says Al. “Now I am finally realizing my dream of sharing the joys of wine paired with food in a new way with our community and visitors at 1313 Main.”