Majestically seated at the southern gateway to the Napa Valley, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards welcomes guests with award-winning wines, sophisticated cuisine, and jaw-dropping vista views. In the mid-1800s, the 300-acre property was part of General Mariano Vallejo’s Rancho Suscol. Today, miniature horses and cattle graze on the gently rolling hills, and sheep tend to the weeds in the terraced vineyards.
First-time guests often remark on the beauty of the property, which provides unrivaled views of the Napa Valley and San Pablo Bay. They’re equally impressed as they sample the small production wines. Recently, The Tasting Panel awarded the 2014 Jamieson Ranch Double Lariat Cabernet 93 points, and the 2013 Reata Three County Pinot Noir received 904 points from San Diego Wine Competition. Some guests who watch the Today Show mention that they heard the winery’s 2012 Light Horse Pinot Noir is one of the best on the market.
To complement its impressive portfolio, the winery offers several tasting experiences. Guests with a bit of an appetite have three fun options. The JRV Wine Pairing Experience is a guided food and wine pairing that teaches the essentials of creating and enjoying food with wine; the JRV Veranda Cheese Pairing is a guided cheese and wine pairing overlooking the winery’s rolling hills; and the JRV Experience takes guests on a guided food and wine pairing, plus a tour of the winery. All pairings require an appointment in advance.
There’s something about the grandness of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards and excellence of its wines that makes guests want to plan an event. From food and wine pairings to educational events, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards is an ideal choice, offering three elegant and unique venues: the Overlook Veranda, the Estate Ballroom, and the Observation Gallery. As the region’s southernmost winery, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards is an ideal first or last stop on the savvy wine tourist’s next visit to the Napa Valley.
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T&T: After a few years as president of Jamieson Ranch, you fulfilled a longtime dream last fall when you bought the winery. What is your vision?
BL: To create wines that compete in quality/value with any wines in the world. It is always most important to me to produce great wine whether it sells for 15 or 115 dollars per bottle. I want to always exceed the consumer’s expectations. This happened to us when Robert Parker gave the 2013 Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Double Lariat Cabernet Sauvignon, which retails at 65 dollars, 94 points. The score was wonderful, but better yet, the wine description ended with, “This is an irresistible wine and at this price point a no-brainer.”
T&T: In your 43 years in the California wine industry, you’ve been involved in some impressive projects. How will this breadth of experience benefit Jamieson Ranch?
BL: My goal is to apply what I’ve learned to create “The Jamieson Ranch Vineyards Experience,” built on three pillars of success: craft, sharing, and delight. We want our guests to feel comfortable in a warm winery environment, linger for a while, sit on our veranda, and enjoy our splendid views and spectacular wines. My wife and I agree that when we welcome a guest at the winery, it is as if we were welcoming them into our home.
T&T: Beyond branding, you spearheaded founding the Light Horse Foundation to help and inspire autistic children at Jamieson Ranch. Please tell us more!
BL: In my early days at Jamieson Ranch, we decided to have miniature horses at the winery. I didn’t know anything about them, and so I studied up on them. I learned that miniature horses were being used as certified therapy animals specifically for individuals with autism. My youngest son is on the autism spectrum, so I thought, “Yes, this is what I want to do!” We have three horses: two are certified therapy horses, and we believe the third will also pass the test. Our minis are now regulars at the veteran’s home, hospice, schools serving autistic individuals, and more. Our minis are house-trained, and it’s not unusual to meet them in the winery elevator or elsewhere on the grounds. Wherever they go, they bring light into people’s lives.