Shirley Dean is the co-proprietor of Spiriterra Vineyards, a small, family-owned vineyard located in the Napa Valley. She is originally from Dearborn, Michigan and completed her B.A. at Michigan State University in 1966. She and her husband, Paul, met and married during Paul’s Harvard years while she was working at Boston University. Together they raised four children in Greenwich, CT before moving to the Napa Valley in 1996.
In the fall of 1997, forces aligned to bring Shirley and Heidi Kuhn together at the State of the World Forum in San Francisco. Bonding over their admiration of Princess Diana and her demining leadership, Shirley and Heidi became close friends. Shirley and Paul have been strong advocates and financial supporters of Roots of Peace ever since. In 2011, they sponsored a tree at the Roots of Peace Grove on 11-11-11 at the California Veterans Home in Yountville, and, in 2012, helped fund a historic landmine removal project in the Holy Lands of Bethlehem. Each year Spiriterra Vineyards donates a barrel of its Cabernet Sauvignon to the Roots of Peace Wine Club and continues to support Roots of Peace’s demining programs.