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10-12-12 - Harvest 2012 Update!

Greetings from the vineyards, where our J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet grapes are still ripening on the vine but are soon to be harvested (if you’re following our harvest shots posted to Facebook!). Because we carefully calibrate the optimal ripeness for each grape varietal, we concluded our Syrah harvest a couple of weeks ago with the grapes showing terrific color density. Merlot is looking promising, with slightly above-average yields. In the spectacular hills of western Paso Robles, we’ve harvested our first vintage of Rhône white varietals Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, with other Rhône Reds – Grenache Noir and Mourvèdre – to come. We’re still looking for a precise softness in our Pinot Noir berries from our Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highland vineyards in Monterey County, and Chardonnay is slowly ripening and most likely will be ready for harvest in early October. And while we concluded the pick of Sauvignon Blanc from our Carol’s Vineyard in St. Helena, Napa Valley almost four weeks ago, we’re hearing overall that the California wine grape harvest is trending a bit later this year.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Mother Nature will deliver no unusual weather events in the coming weeks to throw harvest off-course!

12-21-11 - Restaurant Wine Proclaims Excellence in Trio of Vineyard Series Wines

Just in time for the holidays, trade pub Restaurant Wine, issues #139 and #140, reviewed three wines from J. Lohr Vineyard Series with  ‘Four Stars—Excellent quality for its type, style and price. Among the very best of its type for its price. Highly recommended.’

These three wines will make a delicious statement at any gathering this season and beyond. Looking for a full-flavored Cab?  We’ve got two different expressions from the stellar 2007 vintage: Hilltop Cab from Paso Robles and Carol’s Vineyard Cab from our vineyards in St. Helena, Napa Valley.
“Hilltop is fleshy and rich in style; a concentrated Cabernet with velvety texture, intense blackberry, plum jam, pepper, toast, vanilla and spicy oak. Long finish.”
“Carol’s Vineyard is a firm, slimmer wine (yet still full bodied and richly flavored), with a very long finish, tasting of black currant, toast, blackberry jam, vanilla, cedar, and spicy oak. Excellent.”
Pinot lovers will rejoice if they are new to the 2009 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir: “A full, ripe style of Pinot…rich, full bodied, and long on the palate, with a finish redolent of strawberry, plum, red currant, toast, clove, and sage. Excellent.”
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11-10-10 - Jerry Lohr receives the ASEV Merit Award, their highest honor

MONTEREY, CA, Nov. 10, 2010… Jerry Lohr, president and owner of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, has been selected by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) to receive the prestigious Merit Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the wine industry. The ASEV Merit award, which has previously been granted to industry leaders such as Ann C. Noble, Robert Mondavi, Louis P. Martini, Ernest Gallo and Julio Gallo, will be presented during the ASEV’s National Conference on June 21-24, 2011, in Monterey, California, near the location where Jerry Lohr planted his first vineyard in 1972. Lohr was selected for the ASEV Merit Award on the basis of his many accomplishments in the industry, especially those that reflect his commitment to research and education.

“Highly respected by the industry for his vast knowledge and practice of California winegrowing, Jerry Lohr exemplifies the Society’s standards for the Merit Award,” said Lyndie Boulton, ASEV executive director. “His leadership, dedication and vision to cultivate an appreciation for wine – from vineyard to bottle – illustrate his passion for creating a sustainable industry.”

Jerry Lohr established J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines as one of the world’s great independent wineries, with an acclaimed 3,700-acre estate program spanning the Central Coast and Napa Valley. As a respected member of the industry, Lohr uses his extensive knowledge of the California winegrowing process to address the subject from a wide range of perspective – from scientific to agricultural.

“The ASEV’s leadership efforts have helped researchers, students and industry representatives advance the wine industry’s technical position worldwide, for the benefit of all,” said Jerry Lohr. “As a longtime California winegrower with a passion for wine education, I’m deeply honored to receive this distinction from ASEV.”

After taking root in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County and Paso Robles, Lohr has built a notable portfolio of wines over the decades, which includes J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series and J. Lohr Gesture. He has helped to build the reputation of both regions, cementing Monterey County and Paso Robles as significant winegrowing regions in California. But Lohr’s dedication goes beyond J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. His work on behalf of the entire industry has included posts as director and chair of the Wine Institute and chair of the Monterey Winegrowers Council. He is also one of the founding members of Wine Vision, a group that promotes a long-range view of the wine industry. Additionally, Lohr founded the National Grape and Wine Initiative, a coalition representing winegrowers, wineries and academic institutions committed to improving the industry. In 2007, the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science at UC Davis honored Lohr with its Award of Distinction; in 2008, the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance named him Wine Industry Person of the Year; in 2010, the New York Institute of Technology awarded him its Professional Excellence in Oenology distinction; and most recently Wine Enthusiast Magazine named J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines 2010 American Winery of the Year.

The ASEV National Conference was established in 1950 as an annual meeting by a committee of industry and academic representatives that included founding leaders such as Maynard Amerine, James Guymon, Joseph Heitz, Louis P. Martini, Harold Olmo, Andre Tchelistcheff, A.W. Webb and A. J. Winkler. The event serves as the wine and grape industry’s platform for progress, offering a unique combination of continued professional education in regard to scientific rigor and fundamental practice. The diverse and comprehensive program includes seminars addressing topics of daily experience in the winery and vineyard as well as reports and updates on original research, and enology and viticulture work in progress. Open to all industry and academic representatives, the National Conference provides an ideal opportunity for networking among members of all U.S. wine and grape regions as well as respected international experts and professionals. Visit for the latest information.

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We Want Your Corks!

ReCORK by Amorim: A Wine Cork Recycling Program

Here at J. Lohr, we are thrilled to participate in ReCORK, a new cork recycling program run by Amorim and SOLE, two organizations that promote sustainability through cork recycling. The goal of ReCORK is to collect used wine corks and find as many ways as possible to recycle and reuse them, and to help communicate the value that cork forests have as a sustainable natural resource that must be protected!  Natural cork wine closures, unlike those made of plastic or aluminum, can be remanufactured into shoe soles, flooring, gaskets, bulletin boards, sports equipment, and can even be used as a soil amendment in compost! But in order to make all of these useful products, we need to gather used wine corks! This is where you come in.

The idea is simple: after enjoying a bottle of wine, just save the cork instead of throwing it in the trash. After you’ve collected a few, drop them off in one of the handy ReCORK bins on display in our tasting rooms in San Jose and Paso Robles. Your wine corks will then enjoy a second life through recycling!

Why recycle wine corks?
There are 13 billion (yes, billion!) natural cork wine closures sold into the world market each year. But at present, the majority of them end up in landfills instead of being reused! While natural cork will degrade over time, landfills in most communities are already at critical capacity. Cork is ideal for recycling because it is biodegradable, renewable, energy efficient, sustainable, 100% natural, and useful as a material in a wide variety of products.


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Jerry’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) has given Jerry Lohr - president and owner here at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines – a lifetime achievement award for his many and ongoing contributions in the California wine industry. He was honored during CAWG's 37th Annual Meeting held in Sacramento on Tuesday, January 25.This award recognizes that, among other achievements, Jerry was a wine pioneer of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County, planting vineyards in an area which at that time had yet to establish its reputation as a world class wine growing region. Jerry wishes to express his thanks to CAWG, and is honored by this recognition. 

The new UC Davis LEED Platinum Winery houses the J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Fermentation Science Room.

Last fall, the University of California, Davis, launched the most technologically advanced winery in the world, and J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines was proud to support it. Jerry Lohr was actively involved in the planning as well as the funding of the new project, reflecting J. Lohr’s continual commitment to sustainability. This massive educational winery, which has a goal of net-zero carbon emissions, and which had its first crush in October, will be key toto better understanding the impact of winemaking on the environment.

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Awards

J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines showed brilliantly at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! Of the 1,200-plus  wineries who submitted wines for judging, J. Lohr was the only producer to earn three Double Gold medals and a Best of Class, in addition to several Gold, Silver and Bronze medals!

Some of our award-winners were:
           Best of Class - 2008 J. Lohr Tower Road Petite Sirah             
           Double Gold - 2007 J. Lohr Cuvée PAU                                 
           Double Gold - 2007 J. Lohr Cuvée POM                                 
           Double Gold - 2007 J. Lohr Cuvée St. E                                  
           Gold - 2009 J. Lohr October Night Chardonnay                                 
           Gold - 2008 J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon        
           Gold - 2008 J. Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot                                    

We had the privilege of pouring these wines to fans at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Tasting on Feb 19th in San Francisco, where members of the Lohr family were present to celebrate the outstanding showing at the competition. 

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Named 2010 American Winery of the Year


J. Lohr to be honored among leaders and legends of the wine and spirits world at the 11th Annual Wine Star Awards presented by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

SAN JOSE, Calif – October 27, 2010 – J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has been named the 2010 American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, in an announcement released Monday. This award will be accepted by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines President and Founder Jerry Lohr at the 11th Annual Wine Star Awards gala, which will be held on January 24th at the New York City Public Library. In receiving this honor, J. Lohr joins an esteemed list of past American Winery of the Year winners that includes Harlan Estate, Beringer and Chateau Ste. Michelle. J. Lohr was selected as the winner of the 2010 American Winery of the Year Award by the editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine for its ongoing contributions to the wine industry.

Wine EnthusiastMagazine Editor and Publisher Adam Strum commented on Monday’s announcement, saying, “J. Lohr has been a continual force in the California wine industry for nearly four decades, passionately championing the Central Coast winegrowing regions of Paso Robles and Monterey County, and offering great leadership within the wine industry. In addition, the people at J. Lohr have dedicated themselves to producing high-quality wines, while making significant contributions in the areas of sustainability, education and social responsibility. We are thrilled to acknowledge them as our 2010 American Winery of the Year.”

“As a family-owned business, we are honored to have been named American Winery of the Year,” said Jerry Lohr, founder and president of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. “This award is the result of the continual dedication of everyone in the J. Lohr extended family, from our Director of Winemaking Jeff Meier, who has been with us for over a quarter century, to our salespeople, distributors, vineyard workers and winery staff, many of whom have also been with us for decades.”

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has been in operation since the early 1970s, when founder Jerry Lohr, a South Dakota native, began to search for a site for his first vineyards. One of the early pioneers of high-quality Central Coast winemaking, Jerry Lohr was among the first to realize the vast, untapped potential of this now-acclaimed region with the establishment of his original 280-acre vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County in 1972. As J. Lohr’s Monterey County estate program has grown, the focus has remained on cool-climate varietals, including Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. In 1988, J. Lohr began planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and other red varietals in the Paso Robles region, while working toward the creation and development of an adjacent winery and barreling facility. Today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has almost 3,700 acres of estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey County and St. Helena, with two fully operational wine centers in San Jose and Paso Robles, and is sold inover 30 countries worldwide.

In addition to J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines’ long history in Central Coast winemaking, recent developments have further set the winery apart as an industry leader. As part of its commitment to sustainability, last year J. Lohr unveiled a 3-acre photovoltaic solar tracking system (the largest of its kind in the industry), which provides approximately 85 percent of the annual power used at the J. Lohr Paso Robles Wine Center and Winery. Other achievements in sustainability have led to the winery being one of the first 17 to earn the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing distinction, offered by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). 

The winery’s commitment to innovation and sustainability extends beyond its own vineyards to the industry at large, and is reflected in the company’s support of the world’s first LEED-Platinum teaching winery and vineyards at UC Davis. This facility, part of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, will feature both the J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Fermentation Room and the J. Lohr Sensory Lab. Other socially conscious commitments include fair employment practices, a partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to donate 500 mammograms for women in need, and support of organizations devoted to the health and well-being of children and families.

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About J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines (

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines was founded in 1972 by Jerry Lohr, who was raised on a South Dakota farm, and has spent six decades actively farming—experience that informs J. Lohr’s respect for the land and focus on sustainability. J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines makes a full line of internationally recognized wines from nearly 3,700 acres of estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey County and the Napa Valley. Offering an expressive range of styles, J. Lohr produces four tiers of signature wines: J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series and J. Lohr Gesture. J. Lohr also produces an array of flavorful wines under its Cypress Vineyards, ARIEL (non-alcoholic) and Painter Bridge labels.

About Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Wine Enthusiast Magazine is a leading wine publication that educates and entertains readers about wine and the wine lifestyle in an accessible and user-friendly way. Published 13 times per year, the magazine’s readership is more than 700,000. The magazine and its Buying Guide with more than 100,000 ratings and reviews are available online, at

“Touching 500 Lives” – promoting Breast Cancer awareness

In October 2009, in correspondence with Breast Cancer Awareness month, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines launched a national campaign in partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to help provide 500 mammograms to women who would otherwise be unable to afford them, by donating $2 from every bottle sold of our 2005 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Called Touching 500 Lives, this effort was designed to call attention to the importance of mammograms for early detection, and to raise awareness for breast cancer issues and education. We designated the 2005 J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet a commemorative release in Carol Lohr’s honor.

This year, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has expanded Touching 500 Lives to include both the J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, with $2 from the sale of every bottle of either wine going directly to provide another 500 mammograms for women who would otherwise be unable to afford them.
And this year, we celebrate the stories of hope and survival of five women in the J. Lohr extended family by ‘Inspiring Hope.’ These stories of cancer survival are personal to us as a company and us as a family. We invite you to read these stories and ask that you support the cause in one of several ways. By purchasing our Carol’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, by supporting loved ones and friends who are fighting breast cancer, and spreading the word about the need for early detection, you can help make the difference in someone’s life. To read to the stories, visit our website. To learn more about how you can help, become a fan of the National Breast Cancer Foundation on Facebook at

2009 J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir released

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines is proud to announce the release of the debut vintage of its J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir. Part of the winery’s award-winning J. Lohr Estates tier, which features such category-defining wines as Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Osos Merlot and Riverstone Chardonnay, the new J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir is crafted from cool-climate Monterey County fruit, with an emphasis on grapes from J. Lohr’s acclaimed 1,360-acre estate program in the Arroyo Seco and the Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. For the inaugural 2009 vintage, J. Lohr produced 12,400 cases of its J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir, and the wine will be rolled out nationally beginning in September at a suggested retail price of $17.


“Releasing this wine has been part of a patient, thoughtful journey,” says Director of Winemaking Jeff Meier, who has been with J. Lohr since 1984. “Our J. Lohr Estates Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir builds on what we began in the J. Lohr Vineyard Series with our Fog’s Reach Vineyard Pinot Noir.  It is the product of years of research and experimentation with different clones of Pinot Noir, and different viticultural approaches. And even though this is a wine that’s designed to reach a larger audience, it still benefits from remarkable attention to detail. In the vineyard, yields were kept under 3 tons per acre, with individual sides of the vines picked in multiple passes weeks apart. In the winery, we worked in lots as small as 5 tons, did whole-berry fermentation, and did both light pump-overs and punch-downs—all of which underscores our commitment to quality, and our desire to make a vineyard-driven wine that captures the purest varietal expression of Pinot Noir from Monterey County.”


Falcon’s Perch takes its name from the falcon that lives in the lone pine tree overlooking J. Lohr’s Pinot Noir vineyards, and the many birds of prey that keep watch over the vineyards from the bird boxes J. Lohr has installed. The name was chosen to reflect J. Lohr’s commitment to sustainability—a focus that has included establishing the largest solar tracking array in the wine industry, and culminated with J. Lohr becoming one of the first wineries in California to achieve California Sustainable Winegrowing Certification for its two wineries and its estate vineyards in Arroyo Seco and Paso Robles.


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