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Jeremy Weintraub

Jeremy Weintraub's winemaking credo, "Energy follows intent," helps explains how he got to where he is. In his youth, Weintraub spent a summer giving tours and tastings at a Long Island winery. The winemaker there, who had a doctorate in microbiology, became a wine role model of sorts. But then Weintraub returned to Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, finished his degree in Political Science and worked in an office job for eight years.

Growing up on Long Island, it never occurred to Weintraub that a life as a winemaker was possible. After college he went to work for a prestigious think tank in Washington, D.C., and then on to New York to write for magazines.

But on his 30th birthday he'd had enough. He quit his job, gave up his apartment and drove a tractor on a Long Island vineyard. The next year he moved west and enrolled in Fresno State to learn about winemaking. A year later he transferred to UC Davis, where he earned a Master's Degree in Viticulture and Enology. Throughout his education and afterward, he interned at some of the best-known wineries in the world, from Italy to New Zealand to Napa Valley and the Central Coast.

In a few short years he became a well-known and sought-after winemaker. When someone was needed to take the helm of Adelaida Vineyards & Winery, Weintraub fit the bill. Weintraub is a soft-spoken and thoughtful winemaker. His approach is to listen to the vineyard, with no expectations or impositions.

In 2012, Weintraub started his own label, Site Wines, sourcing grapes from the best vineyards on the Central Coast. It has already won accolades from critics and gives him the ability to experiment and push boundaries of style and process.
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