Doug & Nancy Beckett
In 1988 Nancy and Doug founded Peachy Canyon Winery in Paso Robles, California, as a 500 case venture. Today, Peachy Canyon wines are currently sold in 48 states, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Canada. The senior Becketts now run the daily operations of along with their sons and partners Jake and Josh.
Douglas P. Beckett was born January 1, 1946 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Born into a navy family, he traveled most of his early years. He settled in San Diego where he met and married Nancy Thibodo in 1971. In that same year Doug graduated from college with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He earned his Masters degree in Psychology in 1975.
Between 1970 and 1979 Doug taught multi levels of school ranging from Kindergarten to the University level and ending his teaching career as a high school counselor. Prior to leaving education, he became involved as a full partner in a small chain of convenience stores, which lasted until 1981 when he and his family, wife Nancy and their two sons, Josh and Jake, moved to Paso Robles.
Doug's first job in Paso Robles was a carpenter, which he held for a number of years, working exclusively on barns. At the same time he started making wine with friend, Pat Wheeler. Over the course of 18 years he also developed land, sold real estate, taught school as a resource specialists and started his own import-export company specializing in art glass from Eastern Europe.