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Does anybody really know what day it is?

Well it’s about 10:00 pm; I am still at the winery and have been here since 4:00 am! I seem to be living off Diet Dr. Peppers, peanut butter out of the jar and an occasional bottle of wine and, oh yeah, some smoked almonds to boot! Thank goodness for the Mexican Restaurant Nido next door. I swear, if I eat another slice of pizza I promise I will explode, with pepperoni and mozzarella going everywhere or if I eat another Subway Sub, I just might go under!

Tonight we opened a 2002 Rhodes Zinfandel after work. It is, of course, …



Bam! Squeeze! Crush!

Holy Bat Clusters Robin!

I’m not sure if I can fend off all these grapes coming at us from all directions. Yesterday we faced the mighty old vine Zinfandel from the Hayne Vineyard of St Helena. This Zin created a tag team duo when the Bedrock Petite Sirah sneaked in the back door to prove that his fruit is the darkest and most Bad-Ass of all.

We saw, we conquered and destemmed! With just a few moments to let the berries settle, all of a sudden from around Oak Street, hurtling towards us, the old vine Zinfandel from Andis Vineyard in Amador, …



Harvest 2013

Harvest is about to happen! Oh yeah it is! A big harvest for sure! Our largest to date. We will be working with about 160 tons of glorious goodness from California. When will this happen you ask? Well I know that our first fruit will be coming from the England Shaw Vineyard in Solano County. This was a vineyard I use to make amazing Syrah from while at Rosenblum. We hope to bring some old day magic back with this vineyard. Then we have some Viognier from Paso Robles coming up next week. At that point we …



What a week I have had…

Yes, it has been an incredible week! To start off with we have been putting the 2012 The Impostor blend together using 16 different vineyards and 7 different varietals. In my eyes this will be the most complex and fruit driven Impostor we have yet made.
This week we just received our Amphora from Italy. We plan aging 350 liters worth of wine in which is about 38 cases. I’m sure it will be used for a Zinfandel blend. This will prove to be a very limited, but incredibly special wine. I look forward to the future.

I …



Gone, History, Adios, Farwell and just plain over!

Gone, History, Adios, Farwell and just plain over!

As nice as it is to have visitors, it sure is nice when they leave and so is the story of harvest. This year was truly abundant with fruit. I mean really abundant as in very large crops. Now most of you may be concerned that this would thin the concentration of the wines, but not so here at JC Cellars. Our wines are rich, concentrated and at this point very exotic as they go through malolatic fermentation.

This harvest we brought in some amazing new vineyards, such as Cassata, Rosendin, Bedrock, Saitone and …



Rain, rain go away…

Yesterday as I looked up to the sky, I felt the first rain drop of the season. It was cool, wet and yes the beginning of what would become a downpour. Have no fear my trusty JC Cellars wine drinkers because I had brought my last fruit in no more then 12 hours earlier.

The Landy Petite Sirah came in just perfect at 26.3 Brix with great flavors and textures that come from the juice and skins that drip a dark purple when the berry breaks.

Yes, 2012 is going to prove to be one of the greatest vintages …



Someone has to try them…

So you ask what have I had lately to drink? Well, during harvest I try to taste a lot of other winery’s wines, plus a beer or two. You got to stay fresh you know. The other night I had an Andis Mourvedre from Amador, which I felt showed a lot of the Amador character of spice and pepper, along with that touch of black cherry and barky component. This year we are getting some older vine Zinfandel from them, and I look forward to making this wine. We had a Turley Ubberoth Zinfandel 2009, one of my favorite Paso …



Shssssss……

Shsssssss, can you hear it?  Come a little closer to the computer, can you hear it yet?   Yeah, it’s a little stressful, a little noisy at times and at times a little confusing. That’s right you have entered the Crush Zone.

Now that you have be complexly drawn into the computer, you will become part of all the crazy e-mails that fly back and forth during this time of year and just for the fun of it, we’ll let you  be part of the cell phone and land line craziness. It’s non-stop and trust me; the phone calls keep coming all …



Come on down…

Good day to all our JC Cellars faithful fans,

This weekend we are holding our Open House the Grand Illusion. Not only will you have the chance to try all our new releases for one day only, we are also introducing the new The Impostor and Smoke & Mirror labels, under the Jeff Cohn Wines brand. This brand is allowing me the opportunity to showcase my blending experience and passion. Come sample 12 new wines, tasty appetizers, desserts, chocolates by Truffle Gateau, nuts by Oren’s Kitchen, Olive Oil by Calivirgin, Smart Water, Weaver’s Coffees and Illusions by Magikai.

Both The Impostor and …



What a great trip I’ve been on…

Over the past couple of months, my life has been a bit of a whirl wind.  Starting with my trip to New York in late March.  I did an amazing dinner with the Girl and the Fig restaurant (Sonoma) at the prestigious James Beard House.  When you have the opportunity to work with not just a restaurant but true friends who own and operate the restaurant and truly understand your wines, you get a very symbiotic courtship of wine and food (or as many say, a match made in heaven).

I then spent some time walking around the Chelsea area of …