Jean Edwards Cellars
Napa Valley AVA
Premium wines from some of California's most notable vineyards
The story behind Jean Edwards Cellars is not dissimilar from a number of small California wineries. The owners, John and Karen Troise (pronounced Tro-see) spent many, many vacations visiting and enjoying various California wine regions and became hooked on Napa Valley’s beauty and the ongoing ambiance of the wine industry. The New Jersey couple was so intrigued that they finally decided to do something about it.
"We first began in the late 1990’s by purchasing some grapes and having them sent to a small winery in New Jersey to process," admitted Karen Troise during a recent interview. "It was a case of getting our feet wet and the wine we made was mostly for our personal consumption and to be able to give to our friends."
Some seven years later, the Troises’ suddenly realized they possessed a good deal of wine, more than they could drink and give away. "We decided then to put a team together and enter the business for real. Jean Edwards Cellars became a reality and we began living our dream," she continued.
Noted Winemaker Kian Tavakoli was hired and Jean Edwards Cellars (a combination of John and Karen’s middle names) was off and running. A decision was made to limit their operation’s production to Cabernet Sauvignon, the couple’s favorite varietal, and one of their first bottlings earned a solid 92-Point rating from Wine Spectator - a fact that assured Jean Edwards Cellars' perpetuation. "We sold our existing inventory over the next two weekends and haven't stopped since then," Karen Troisi explained.
A chance e-mail from the Wine Spectator for a tasting sample led to an unexpected 92 Point rating, a fact that assured Jean Edwards Cellars’ perpetuation. "We sold our existing inventory over the next two weekends and haven’t stopped since then," Karen Troise explained.
The winery has expanded slowly and currently produces some 850 cases annually. They have also added new fruit sources with a wider selection of grape varietals to craft a variety of small-batch, limited-production wines from some of Napa and Sonoma's most highly regarded growers and vineyards. A new tasting room (called Wines on First, a tasting collective) has
afforded Jean Edwards additional national exposure.
The winery has also earned some rather prestigious accolades along the way, including being named the 2017 Best Boutique Winery by Napa Valley Life Magazine. Winemaker Kian Tavakoli was also named One of the Top Three Winemakers in Napa Valley by the same magazine in both 2017 and 2018. Wine Spectator named Jean Edwards One of Twenty New Cabernet Producers to Watch, and the wines are consistently highly rated by the press.
The Troisis' living dream is best summed up by their business philosophy: "The quality of wine in bottle, purity of fruit in the wines, and the wine's overall expression must be a reflection of what nature gives us." We are happy to present this outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon to our esteemed Diamond Plus! Wine Club members. Please enjoy.