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Mostly because Adrian was born and raised in Humboldt County and has a great love for the area. The beautiful rugged landscape, redwood trees, the Lost Coast. There are only 150 acres of grapes planted in the whole county. The main reason for this is the rugged mountains do not have lots of shelves and benches to plant on, and where they do, giant trees grow. Adrian noticed at a young age that there are several different climates throughout the county, which is similar to the home of JJW--Sonoma County. There is a persistent fog that enshrouds the Humboldt Bay in the summer, which is quite similar to what we see here in Bodega Bay. That fog is rolls slowly up the broad banks of the Eel River each day, and it...

2012 Dry Creek Valley Grist Vineyard Zinfandel This wine could be exhibit one in an argument that site matters as much as vine age when it comes to growing great zinfandel.  The vines aren’t particu-larly old in the context of California zin. They were planted in 1974 on a hilltop that looks down on Dry Creek Valley on one site and toward the rugged, often impassable ridges of the Coast Range in the other. In 2012, the vineyard’s red volcanic soils nour-ished a wine with unmistakable purity: vivid and tart, with lifted hibiscus and sumac aromas drawn out by the delicate touch of winemakers Micah Wirth and Adrian Manspeaker.  Tasted over four days, this wine continued to evolve without flagging in the least. It builds toward a woodsy red-berry flavor that’s...

Event Calendar   July 3rd – Grist Vineyard BBQ Party! We get the fireworks going early for the 4th as we spark up the grill and break out bottles of the Grist Zinfandel. For more details, contact the tasting room. July 14th – Forestville Chamber of Commerce Mixer! From 5:30-8:30pm we toast our hometown in the tasting room. July 19th – Forestville Farmers Market featuring Joseph Jewell Wines! Come down and enjoy a glass with us from 4:00-7:00pm in downtown Forestville. July 23rd – Sunset Winemakers Dinner in Starscape Vineyard! We are teaming up with local favorite Backyard to bring you this unique dining experience in the vineyard. A gourmet meal paired with wines from our library, as well as one new release wine! This extremely limited engagement promises to be the highlight of our...

This month, our elegant Shiloh Hill Vineyard Chardonnay gets the spotlight. Co-Founder and Co-Winemaker Adrian Manspeaker shares the history of the Shiloh Hill Vineyards and celebrates the release of the 2012 vintage.   With the release of the 2012 Shiloh Hill Chardonnay, I am once again reflecting on Joseph Jewell’s past and the relationships which inspired us to produce a Chardonnay.   Some time after our garage winemaking days, during the summer of 2011, Micah and I were hosting a winemaker dinner at the amazing Scopa Restaurant in Healdsburg. We love these events because they provide an opportunity to showcase our wines and mingle with the patrons. During this particular dinner, we struck up a conversation with Les and Jo Lesniak, a couple found sitting at the bar enjoying our Sauvignon Blanc. We engaged...

This month, our elegant Grist Vineyard Zinfandel gets the spotlight. Co-Founder and Co-Winemaker Micah Wirth tells us about this particular property and the story behind it. Read on for details about this Dry Creek Valley vineyard as well as our very first vintage.   In 2007, while on the hunt for fruit for our budding winery (pun intended), I tagged along for a vineyard tour with the winemaker Gary Farrell (my employer at the time). Gary always had an eye for extraordinary vineyards, and when we arrived at Grist Vineyard, it was no exception. Gary Farrell Winery has produced Grist Vineyard Zin for 15+ years. We hope to say the same some day. About 1000 feet above the valley floor with pungent, red volcanic soil, the Grist Vineyard was home to vines that were...

For our first annual Joseph Jewell monthly newsletter, Co-Founder and Co-Winemaker Adrian Manspeaker shares the history of Appian Way Vineyards  and celebrates the release of the 2011 Appian Way Pinot Noir with a special 5-vintage vertical offering. Learn more about this special vineyard in Russian River Valley and the wines produced from it.   Back in August of 2007, Joseph Jewell was just getting off the ground and my partner Micah and I were on the hunt for quality Pinot Noir for our new venture. Pinot Noir was a hot commodity; it was extremely hard to find quality vineyards with fruit to spare. After exhausting all of our options, I turned to Craigslist. Craigslist!  Surprisingly, I found an ad for one ½ ton of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, or about one barrel. We quickly inquired about the ad and set...

In the Winter 2014 issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2012 Joseph Jewell Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was selected as one of the Best Wines of the Year!   Of the 14,600 wines that Wine & Spirits blind tasting panels sampled in the past year, the magazine made recommendations for 4,200 wines. Of those, they narrowed the list to the 100 best wines.   We were also selected among 12 producers as a "Winery to Watch".   "[Micah Joseph Wirth and Adrian Jewell Manspeaker] continue to do all the cellar work themselves, bottling unfiltered wines that stand out for their delicacy and restraint in a region that sometimes pushes Pinot Noir in a ripe and showy direction. Try their 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir: It's fantastic, firm, and bright with dazzling woodland aromas." –L.S., Wine & Spirits, Winter 2014, p. 30  ...

One of our favorite vineyard sites, the Floodgate Vineyard is located in the northern part of the Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County. ...