Jigar Patel (Winemaker)
Born in Toronto and raised in Chicago, it was college stints in fine dining that initially brought Jigar into the world of fine wine. After college, fascinated by wines and winemaking, Jigar spent several harvests helping friends in the Sonoma County wine industry. He was enthralled by their passion for making wines but he also became enamored with the farmers who worked tirelessly to insure quality fruit. He could see that great wine required quality winemaking, but more importantly required great fruit. It became clear that if he was going to make wine, then it would be only with growers that had the same passion for their fruit. Whether working in the cellar or walking the vineyards with growers, Jigar's commitment to crafting fine wine is evident in his hands-on approach.