Contact: Kamlin Fasano
4350 Thomas Dr
Kelseyville CA 95451
In 1968, Jed started as a Cellar Worker for Stony Hill Winery in Napa
Valley and then went on the get his Master degree from UC Davis.
From 1974 - 1982 he was the founding winemaker/vineyard manager at Edmeades Winery in Mendocino. He then went on to become head winemaker and VP in charge of production at Kendall Jackson from1983 - 1991. During his tenure Jed took the brand from 35,000 to over 1 million cases. He was instrumental in creating the Cambria Brand while at KJ.
In 1991 Jed started his own winery in Kelseyville, Ca. In 1996 he expanded by buying the existing growers co-op Mt. Konocti Winery. Jed had a vision to make several different varietals, but to do it in small lots. He launched Steele and Shooting Star in 1991, then created Stymie in 1999 and launched Writer’s Block with his son Quincy in 2002.
Today he has attained his vision working with 14 different varietals, making 38 wines with many under 1,000 cases each. Jed owns 5 vineyards totaling 70 planted acres: Catfish (Zinfandel), Jacobsen(Syrah and Counoise), Stymie (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Malbec, Petite Verdot), Pacini (Zinfandel, Petite Sirah) and the winery vineyard (Touriga Nacional). He leases and manages 5 others owned by the Dorn family, one of the first settling families of LC. He does not buy bulk fruit, but chooses to work with the same families year end and year out.
After 45 years in the business, 23 of which in his winery, Jed is still the head winemaker running the day to day operations at Steele.