Saturday, May 26
4:30 - 7:00
A New Yorker by birth, Jed moved with his family to San Francisco in 1950. Jed worked as a cellar rat for Stony Hill Winery in Napa Valley in 1968, and then went on to earn his MS in enology from U.C. Davis in 1974. From 1974 through 1982 he was the winemaker and vineyard manager at Edmeades Winery in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley. He went on to become head winemaker at Kendall-Jackson Winery taking them from 35,000 cases to 1 million cases in 9 vintages. He then decided to start his own brand in 1991. Jed’s vision had always been to make a number of different varietal wines in small lots, using minimally invasive winemaking techniques and allowing the vineyard and grape variety to dictate style. Today Jed continues his vision by crushing 22 different varietals and producing 40 different wines, most in lots of under 1,000 cases. Steele Wines owns five vineyards and leases three additional vineyards from the Dorn family, original settlers of Lake County. Jed also buys grapes from families he’s worked with for many years, from Santa Barbara County to Washington State.
Our good friend Greg Pfaender from Empire Distributors will be on hand Saturday to walk us through
five selections of Steele and Shooting Star Wines.
Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc
Lake County, California, 2016
Shooting Star Aligote
Washington State, 2014
Steele Wines 'Cuvée' Chardonnay
Steele Wines Cabernet Franc
Lake County, California, 2015
Steele Wines 'Pacini Vineyard' Zinfandel
Mendocino County, California, 2014