His involvement at Cal Poly eventually led to an invitation to develop and manage the Cal Poly pilot winery which opened in 2008.As Cellar Master, Winemaker, and Lecturer for the new campus winery, Jim instructed students on procedural operations of all winery equipment, demonstration of lab analysis and interpretation of results.
Energy Star rated and pre-wired for surround sound. Luxury finishes include a granite cook's kitchen, Knotty Alder cabinets, stainless gas cook-top, built-in oven, microwave and under cabinet lighting.The large master suite opens to the covered patio with a french door.The spacious master bath has granite counters and double sink, a walk-in shower for two and adjoins the over-sized walk-in closet with shelving and built-in’s.From 1999 to 2008, this full-service processing facility afforded Jim the opportunity to work with a wide range of varietals, styles and volumes – from small, high-end lots to several-thousand-case productions.While making wine for Templeton Wine Services, Jim was also busy working toward a degree in Enology at Cal Poly University.The area's Association of Radio Managers with the region's law enforcement agencies, reacted by developing a program to promptly distribute information when a child is abducted.
They called the program the AMBER Plan in memory of Amber.
Unlike other gems, Amber cannot be found naturally in the Underground or Cavern layers.
Each Silt/Slush block fed to the Extractinator has a 1.05% chance of returning Amber (higher with Desert Fossils).
Additionally, Jim co-taught advanced enology classes, operated and repaired all winemaking equipment, and established a new bottling line for the campus winery.
After several vintages of hands-on teaching from fruit to bottling, Jim took the position of Winemaker at Pomar Junction in July, 2011.
A native of Southern California, Jim's first wine job was working in the barrel room at Meridian Vineyards, where his budding career was greatly influenced by legendary winemaker Chuck Ortman.