Santa Barbara-bred Tyler and Napa Valley-native Kim launched Halcyon Wines in 2013 after Tyler discovered an intriguing Cabernet Franc vineyard in Paso Robles, California—a varietal he always dreamed of working with. Tyler assisted in creating some of the most critically acclaimed wine as Assistant Winemaker at world-renowned Tablas Creek Vineyard. Tyler is now Assistant Winemaker at Provenance in Napa Valley.
His wife Kim is a digital marketing and public relations expert with nearly a decade of experience serving celebrity, hospitality, and food/wine clients throughout the Bay Area and beyond—most notably managing Bob Weir's (Grateful Dead) recording studio, TRI Studios in Marin, California for several years. Kim now works full time with a boutique integrated marketing agency, The James Collective, in Sonoma.
Together the Elwell’s combine their deep-rooted love of wine with expertise in both the creation and marketing of Halcyon Wines, a nouveau take on California Cabernet Franc.
The myth of Halcyon and the "Halcyon Days" is a tender story of love and commitment that takes place along the coast of ancient Greece.
Halcyon is a name for a bird in this Greek legend generally associated with the kingfisher. There was an ancient belief that the bird nested on the sea, which it calmed in order to lay its eggs on a floating nest. Two weeks of calm weather were therefore expected around the winter solstice. Thus, the phrase 'Halcyon Days' signifies prosperity, joy, liberation and tranquility.
The Kingfish in Oakland, California was where Tyler and Kim first met (now pouring Halcyon). Both of their birthdays occur during the winter solstice—which is also referenced in the myth.
Halcyon is also a small township located just south of Arroyo Grande on the 101. Founded in 1898 as a Theosophical intentional community, Halcyon is the home and headquarters of The Temple of the People.
Halcyon Wines is inspired by Kim and Tyler’s love of California and the Loire Valley.