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27 Mar 2012

Debra Meiburg MW Meets the Winemaker 117 Stephanie Jones Bailey, Jones Family Vineyards

Debra catches up with Stephanie Jones Bailey, of Jones Family Vineyards located in Calistoga, one of Napa Valley’s newest AVAs. Recently nicknamed “accidental vintners”, Stephanie tells Debra how and why the family got into the wine business, and how the support of Napa’s super palate, Heidi Barrett, provided a push to make the leap into the business. They also muse about the humorous story of how Stephanie met her husband and dragged him into the family business too.

Stephanie and Debra discuss the locale of the winery, which faces south to San Francisco Bay, receiving full sun exposure, which makes for some very hot days, but is also ideally located to capture the bay breezes. It also gives them a special head start come harvest time over their Northern Californian winemaking neighbours. Finally, Stephanie tells Debra which grape varieties and wines her two young daughters could be compared to, as well as sharing her hopes for the future of Jones Family Winery.

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