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
Jada Vineyard and Winery is honored to introduce Anthony (Tony) Biagi as our head Bordeaux Winemaker. Born and raised in California, Biagi studied fermentation science at the University of California at Davis and graduated in 1995. He joined the winemaking team at Duckhorn and was named winemaker in 1998. In the early 2000s, he was the Winemaker and General Manager at Neal Family Vineyards, followed by Winemaker at the PlumpJack Group. Needless to say, we are ecstatic to have Tony on board with his extensive experience.
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 is entering his 7th harvest with the 2019 vintage. He graduated from Cal Poly in 2006 with a degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology. After working at Sextant with Joshua Harp for 2.5 years, "Nate" was named Assistant Winemaker at Kukkula and joined the Jada team in 2017. Nate is a tireless Cellar Master and our in-house expert when it comes to understanding the science behind winemaking. He has an amazing winery dog to boot!