003.JPGIf you have visited the Tasting Room lately, you may have noticed a flurry of activity in the winery. This is not just some cellar rat, this is Jeremy Weintraub, our new Winemaker.

Jeremy joined us at Edward Sellers in early June and has gone through every barrel and walked every row in the vineyard preparing him and us for our upcoming bottling and a very interesting 2011 harvest. (More from Jeremy on that later!)

Jeremy grew up on Long Island, New York drinking mostly French wine with his family. In the summer before he left to study at the University of Edinburgh, Jeremy took a job giving tours at Lenz Winery on Long Island. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Clark University, Jeremy worked at a think tank in Washington, D.C. He then moved to New York, where he wrote articles for a number of magazines. As he approached his 30th birthday Jeremy quit writing and listened to his heart, and began interning at wineries and vineyards on Long Island.

In 2002, Jeremy moved to Davis, CA and earned his Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis, where his awards included the American Society of Enology & Viticulture Scholarship and the Wine Spectator Scholarship. He followed his academics with stages on the North and South Island of New Zealand and at Italy’s famous Tenuta Tignanello Estate.

On return from Italy, Jeremy became assistant winemaker at Tantara Winery in Santa Maria, CA. In 2006 he became winemaker at Shadow Canyon Cellar in Paso Robles, where he started his appreciation for the Paso Robles, AVA and Rhône varietals. Since 2008 Jeremy has been the winemaker at the highly acclaimed boutique winery in St. Helena named Seavey Vineyards. At Seavey, Jeremy was responsible for the winemaking decisions from vineyard to bottle, with assistance from consultant Philippe Melka. While at Seavey, Jeremy has received luminous accolades from Robert Parker and the Wine Spectator.

Our goal at Edward Sellers is to continue the tradition of making some of the finest Rhône wines in California and we are proud to have attracted a winemaker of Jeremy’s caliber. His winemaking style captures the essence of our past while infusing new energy into our future.

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