KR was born in 1963 in Escondido, California, however he spent most of his early years in the Dallas, Texas area where his father was a pilot for Braniff Airlines. In 1972, when KR was nine, the family moved to the Napa Valley close to the town of St. Helena. KR attended public schools in the area through high school. His first hands-on experience in the wine industry came in 1978 at age fifteen when his parents became partners in Conn Creek Winery. KR worked in various capacities during construction, working the harvest and in the wine cellar.
After high school, KR attended California State University at Fresno where he earned a degree in Business Administration. While KR was in college his parents began construction of the Rombauer Vineyards’ winery. He assisted in many aspects of the construction and development of the new business during his time off from college. Upon graduation KR returned to work at the family winery, primarily in production related areas.
In 1990, as the winery became well established and the needs of the business evolved, KR moved from production to marketing and sales. There he gained valuable experience working in the national marketplace.
He currently serves as the General Manager for the winery, while continuing to consult with staff in the areas of viticulture and winemaking.
KR and his wife Laura became the proud parents of a daughter, Ransome, in 1998. He shares his father's interest in flying and holds his commercial pilot’s license. One of KR's personal pleasures is enjoying the great abundance of Napa Valley’s fine foods and wines with family and friends.