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Wine Making


At AuburnJames, we produce small quantities of artisan California wines. Most of the processing is done by hand under the meticulous care of our winemaker, Jim Frost. There are many elements that determine the quality of a wine, and the utmost of care is taken to ensure that each step of the winemaking process is executed to the highest possible standard. From vineyard care to fruit selection and careful hand sorting, our goal is to deliver a very high quality product while trying to maximize what a particular AVA, vintage, and varietal has to offer.

French Oak is used for 100% of our barrel aged wines, while Jim manages the ratio of new, second fill and neutral barrels that enable our released wines to deliver the AuburnJames signature.

AuburnJames winemaking facility in St. Helena, CA houses the entire operation. It is here that each vintage of AuburnJames wines is crafted. Typically each harvest is conducted during the early morning hours so that the fruit is still cold from the overnight fall harvest breezes in the valley. When Jim decides it is time, relatively small blocks of fruit from each vineyard are harvested and processed by those (and you know who you are) that can best be described as a fabric woven together from the hearts & hands of many AuburnJames friends and family. Crush is an event at AuburnJames!  It is a memory filled snapshot in time that we are ALL able to relive and enjoy about 2-1/2 years later at release.

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