JR Storey Winery
Unique wines with a sense of place that represents the true vineyard identity
John Ross Storey has two great loves in his life: photography and really good wine. While previously working as a photojournalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, John was also busy as a founding partner and co-winemaker at the successful Eric Ross Winery since its inception in 1994.
John’s dream of building his own winery became a reality when he accepted a buyout from his photojournalist day job in the fall of 2005. Far from a newcomer to producing premium wines, John was anxious to demonstrate his unique winemaking skills and vision with California wines. He decided on the name J.R. Storey Winery (after his own name, John Ross Storey), and began seeking out small family vineyards throughout California from which he could source vibrant, flavorful fruit. His goal has remained since the first vintage in 2005: to make unique wines with a sense of place that represents the true vineyard identity.
John currently works with two carefully selected vineyards in Paso Robles and one in Sonoma County that express his range of styles in communicating varietal character. Framed by his collection of extremely small production, medal-winning wines, John’s endeavor with J.R. Storey Winery is proving to be just the beginning of a rather intriguing story.