30 winemakers under 40 to watch (part two)

9th January, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

15. Jesse Katz (29) 

Not only was Jesse Katz the youngest ever hired head winemaker in the US when he joined Lancaster Estate in 2010 by way of Screaming Eagle, he also counts singer-turned-actor Justin Timberlake among his friends, helping the curly-haired crooner craft a wine for his wedding to actress Jessica Biel last year. To celebrate the nuptials in southern Italy, Katz created Blue Ocean Floor 2009, a red blend from Sonoma County.

Katz has opted to work exclusively with Bordeaux varieties at Lancaster Estate in California’s Alexander Valley, and, over the last four years, has received 90+ Parker points for every wine that he’s made. He developed a passion for wine at an early age while travelling around some of the world’s key wine regions with his photographer father. Graduating with a degree in oenology, before joining the winemaking team at Screaming Eagle, Katz learnt the tricks of the trade in Argentina under the guidance of Paul Hobbs and Hans Vinding-Diers.

One Response to “30 winemakers under 40 to watch (part two)”

  1. john Rogers says:

    One of the most arrogant winemakers around! Boring High and mighty attitude from someone born into it rather than working for it!

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