Winemaker & Viticulturist | 2017 vintage
Jada Vineyard and Winery is honored to introduce Eric Jensen as our head Rhone Winemaker. Jensen grew up outside of LA following a career in the music business before coming to Paso Robles to pursue his dream of farming vineyards. Eric started out by studying under Justin Smith and his Father at Saxum Vineyards, as well as Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure. After 5 years of learning and working in this industry, he purchased 100-acres in 2001 and launched Booker’s first vintage in 2005. It all begins in the vineyard. Eric’s method is to farm to the highest level, cut no corners and spare no expense. “The canopy and year dictate the crop. When the fruit meets the winery, it is important to understand what the vineyard gave you and to extract all the good that was created naturally”. This is Jensen’s philosophy for producing a round, soft wine with texture, balanced acid and velvety tannins…and most importantly, delicious wine!
Anthony aka “TONY” Biagi
Consultant Winemaker | 2017 vintage to present
Called a "tour de force" in the northern California wine scene by none other than Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, "Tony" has been a winemaker and consultant for a host of award-winning labels, including Duckhorn, Cade, Plumpjack, Hourglass, and now his own label, Patria. He has crafted numerous 95+ rated wines and brought that pedigree to Jada in 2017 where he began crafting wines for Jada with Eric Jensen and now continues to work with Joshua Harp, our head winemaker. We are ecstatic to have such an acclaimed winemaker working with us.
Winemaker | as of January 2019
Jada Vineyard & Winery is thrilled to announce the promotion of Joshua Harp from Assistant Winemaker to Winemaker. Josh will continue to work closely with Tony Biagi, one of our consultants from Napa, as we embark on our 2019 vintage.
Josh Harp just completed his 9th harvest. His interest in winemaking began all the way back in 4th grade, when his family moved Cottonwood, CA and where his neighbor was a black-smith and co-owned a winery. Harp began working for Jim Tomasini and Tom Burnham on their 10-acre vineyard as a jack-of-all-trades, getting to experience every aspect of winemaking. While contemplating a transfer to CalPoly’s Wine & Viticulture program to deepen his interest and understanding in winemaking, Josh was offered a position by Steve Martell at Sextant Wines in Paso Robles. He went on to complete 5 harvests as Cellar Master (with Martell) and in 2015, we welcomed Josh to the Jada family, where he worked under and with David Galzignato (current General Manager & Senior Winemaker at Rutherford’s Provenance Winery) during the 2015 and 2016 vintages.
In 2017, we welcomed consultants, Anthony (aka Tony) Biagi and Eric Jensen, to the Jada team to head our winemaking efforts, during which time Josh continued his role as Jada’s Assistant Winemaker. Over the course of the 2017 vintage, Josh worked closely by their side, observing and learning from two of the top winemakers of their generation, and together, Eric, Tony, and Josh developed the viticulture and winemaking programs that we currently use today to craft the Jada wines.
Coming off perhaps the best vintage in Jada’s young history, Josh is more than deserving of his ascent to Jada’s Winemaker and we have no doubt Josh will be part of the next generation of great winemakers to come out of Paso Robles.
Nathan Hall just completed his 6th harvest, making wine. He graduated from Cal Poly in 2006 with a degree in Ecology & Systematic Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology. After working at Sextant with Josh Harp for 2.5 years, Hall was named Assistant Winemaker at Kukkula. He joined the Jada team in 2017 where he and Josh worked under the tutelage & guidance of Tony & Eric Jensen to craft that's year's vintage of outstanding wines.