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  • J. LOHR VINEYARDS & WINES NAMES BRENDEN WOOD RED WINEMAKER

    Brenden Wood

    San Jose, Calif. – May 8, 2019 – J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines is pleased to announce the pro­mo­tion of Bren­den Wood from assis­tant wine­mak­er to red wine­mak­er, the posi­tion for­mer­ly held by Steve Peck, who was pro­mot­ed in Sep­tem­ber 2018 to direc­tor of wine­mak­ing. Cel­e­brat­ing his 15th anniver­sary with J. Lohr this year, Bren­den will be respon­si­ble for all tiers of red wine in the fam­i­ly-owned-and-oper­at­ed winery’s port­fo­lio, and will con­tin­ue to work along­side the wine­mak­ing lead­er­ship group that includes Direc­tor of Wine­mak­ing Steve Peck, Wine­mak­er, White Wines Kris­ten Barn­his­el, Pro­duc­tion Wine­mak­er Karl Antink, and President/​COO Jeff Meier. 

    Our team has nev­er been in a bet­ter posi­tion to deliv­er the excep­tion­al qual­i­ty and con­sis­ten­cy that J. Lohr is known for,” said
    J. Lohr Direc­tor of Wine­mak­ing Steve Peck. Bren­den has long been relied upon for his thought­ful design and deliv­ery of the wine­mak­ing plan that leads to the suc­cess­ful house style found in all of our red wines. This well-deserved pro­mo­tion rep­re­sents a nat­ur­al evo­lu­tion of his responsibilities.” 

    Bren­den cul­ti­vat­ed an inter­est in wine and beer as a stu­dent at Cal­i­for­nia Poly­tech­nic State Uni­ver­si­ty (Cal Poly) while pur­su­ing his B.S. degree in bio­chem­istry. Armed with sci­en­tif­ic knowl­edge and an appre­ci­a­tion of fer­men­ta­tion sci­ence, Bren­den began craft­ing his own small lots of wine as a stu­dent. As his pas­sion for wine grew, so did his trav­els, which led him to explore the great wine­grow­ing regions of France and Italy. After work­ing two har­vests in Paso Rob­les to gain prac­ti­cal wine­mak­ing expe­ri­ence, Bren­den joined J. Lohr in 2004 as a lab tech­ni­cian, where he ran dai­ly qual­i­ty con­trol analy­ses while help­ing to devel­op sev­er­al lead­ing-edge tools for col­or and tan­nin analy­sis. In 2007, Bren­den was pro­mot­ed to enol­o­gist and began work­ing close­ly with Steve Peck and Jeff Meier to fur­ther enhance qual­i­ty in every aspect of J. Lohr’s red wine­mak­ing pro­gram. Rec­og­nized for his deep foun­da­tion in the tech­ni­cal aspects of wine­mak­ing — cou­pled with his appre­ci­a­tion for the artistry of the blend — Bren­den was pro­mot­ed to assis­tant wine­mak­er in 2010

    Bren­den has keen sen­so­ry skills and a very friend­ly, authen­tic demeanor in addi­tion to his wine­mak­ing acu­men.” said President/​COO Jeff Meier. With the impor­tance of the red wine­mak­ing pro­gram to J. Lohr’s port­fo­lio, we couldn’t be more pleased to ele­vate Bren­den to this piv­otal posi­tion, and look for­ward to his con­tin­ued lead­er­ship and wine­mak­ing contributions.” 

    About J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines

    Found­ed forty-five years ago by Jer­ry Lohr and still fam­i­ly owned and oper­at­ed today, J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines crafts a full line of inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized wines from its 4,000 acres of cer­ti­fied sus­tain­able estate vine­yards in Paso Rob­les, Mon­terey County’s Arroyo Seco and San­ta Lucia High­lands appel­la­tions, and St. Hele­na in the Napa Val­ley. Offer­ing an expres­sive range of styles that show­case its estate fruit, J. Lohr pro­duces five tiers of award-win­ning wines: J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vine­yard Series, J. Lohr Cuvée Series, J. Lohr Ges­ture and J. Lohr Sig­na­ture Caber­net Sauvi­gnon. The J. Lohr Wine Cen­ters in Paso Rob­les and San Jose wel­come vis­i­tors dai­ly, and the company’s online home is jlohr​.com.

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