Jim Sr. has been making wine since 1980. His first experience was making California Red Zinfandel in the basement of his father-in-laws basement (his back still hurts from hauling cases of grapes).
John brewed his first batch of beer in 1987 while a college student. Since that time he has become a beer and wine devotee. He regularly brews 5-10 gallon extract and all-grain batches of beer. He is a Nationally ranked beer judge in the Beer Judge Certification Program and conducts beer and wine making classes. He is also an avid winemaker and loves big California reds. He regularly makes wine from kits, fresh California juice and frozen California grapes. He won a bronze medal in the Winemaker 2003 winemaking competition with his Meritage style wine made from Sonoma valley Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In spring of 2004, he won a gold medal for his Central Valley, California Cabernet Sauvignon at the HWBTA wine competition held in Woodland Hills California. In 2008 and 2009, he won a gold and silver in the HWBTA national wine compitition. In 2009, he took three third place medals and one second place medal in the AHA national homebrew compitition in the Eastern Region. He is currently working on a Napa county Cabernet Sauvignon and an Italian style Super Tuscan (Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon) and working with California grown Amador county grapes.
Dave is an avid all-grain brewer who loves to tinker with gadgets. He has perfected a recirculating all-grain mash system. He also dabbles in winemaking. He is currently working on a Super Tuscan style wine using Central Valley, California Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mary and Jimmy run our winery and wine-on-premise operation. Mary is a ice wine enthusiast and is available to assist in wine-on-premise wine making and tasting. She loves to assist in making wine for weddings and other events. Jimmy has been making wine and beer since 1992. He is a big fan of porters and stouts and likes to experiment with many different wine styles including flower wines.
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