Winemaker Consultant


Jac SLO WINE 2013In my 30 harvests working in the wine industry, 27 of those have been in management positions, and 25 as Head Winemaker. I have worked with numerous varietals in a variety of appellations from cool to warm climates.  Working at wineries that range from 2,000 to 100,000 cases per year has given me a wide range of experience with equipment, personnel restrictions and responsibilities.

I started at Sylvester Winery, now Le Vigne Winery, in 2003.  In the years since that time we have improved the wines and the reputation of the winery to the point that we now have distribution in 10 states. The wine club has grown from 24 to over 1000 members and we are recognized as a major destination spot for the Central Coast.

In the 12 years at Topolos Winery, I specialized in Old Vine Zinfandels, Ports and small custom lots. I worked with a wide variety of grapes with a great degree of success.   As a result, one of our Zinfandels was even poured at a White House State Diner.

For 6 years at Konocti Winery, the Sauvignon Blanc Shootout rated us as one of the top 10 Sauvignon Blancs in the world every year.  We were part of the organization that created the Meritage Association.

At Mark West Vineyards we were leaders in the production of Russian River Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Late Harvest and Sparkling Wine.

I would love to meet and discuss the possibility of working together.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Please contact me for my list of refrences.
Jac Jacobs

Two Golds At Tasters Guild

by admin May 15, 2013
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Both the 2007 Nikiara Meritage and Petit Sirah took gold at the 2013 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition. Below are the two wines that won and insight into how it was done.  To see full results please visit Le Vigne 2007 Nikiara Meritage: 2007 was a beautiful and warm growing season. The Bordeaux varietals used […]

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Guess what I’m making now?

by admin February 9, 2013
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I’m the new Winemaker for Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards in Avila! I’m really enjoying the opportunity to make small lot, high quality, hand crafted wines and hard cider! The tasting room reminds me of Topolos Winery  in Forestville, but they have Peacocks to entertain the guests instead of the bats that were at Topolos. And I traded […]

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The Cork Dorks Anniversary Party

by admin November 29, 2012
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  The Cork Dorks Anniversary Party November 16, 2012 Over a dozen wineries and their winemakers took time away from a busy harvest to share their local wines, laughs, and experiences at the Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach for the The Cork Dorks reunion and anniversary party. The Cork Dorks, a local wine show on […]

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West side 5 tons of Cab/1 ton of Zin… Yum…

by admin November 9, 2012
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Started at 9:30am. Delicious Cab, 10% raisin, clean, very ripe fruit. Zin was gorgeous, pink berries, ripe fruit and 20% raisins all in the same cluster. Wish I had more than 1 ton of this. I have the privilege  of making Carl and Juliane’s  first Estate Vintage 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.

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New Client on West side of Paso

by admin November 4, 2012
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Wednesday I’ll be crushing for the Old Diamond Jem Vineyard off of Vineyard Dr. So this is what really happened on Wednesday…..  because this vineyard had contracts with Oso Libre, Tobin James and Pelaton wineries. those contacts were fulfilled  first. I readied the new Lab and crush area for a early crush tomorrow.    

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My Introduction to the Wine Industry

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My first job in the wine business was at Mark West Vineyards in Forestville, CA in 1982. I was hired to work on the bottling line for 1 week.  During the first day’s bottling I noticed how much passion Bob had for working with the wines, even though I would learn later that bottling is […]

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A Lifetime of Loving Rose Wines

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I am a big fan of Rosé wines and I have been since I started drinking them as a teenager. I grew up enjoying the wines from the Anjou region of France. They were fresh, fruity, dry wines with a crisp acidity. Very pleasant and not real complicated. A great date wine because it paired […]

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