Jay joined Rutherford Wine Company in 2017 with distinguished winemaking credentials in Napa Valley and Sonoma. For twelve years, Jay refined his skills as the Senior Winemaker at Franciscan Estate & Mount Veeder Winery, where he received recognition for crafting elegant Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and other Bordeaux varietals from Napa Valley’s diverse sub-AVAs. Jay was also with Gallo of Sonoma as an Enologist working with Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.
Along with his degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis, Jay has an outstanding breadth of knowledge and experience crafting premium California wines. Since joining the team, Jay has been a huge contribution to Rutherford Wine Company. As Director of Winemaking, he oversees winemaking for each brand within our diverse portfolio.