October 19, 2011 2 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

30 Minutes with Jacqueline Bahue (Girard Winery)

Jacqueline Bahue in the "Club House" aka Lab

I had the pleasure of spending some time with Jacqueline Bahue, an assistant winemaker at Girard Winery’s winery location in Sonoma. We walked amidst barrels and tanks, along the catwalks, and ended up in the “Club House,” which is really the lab where one may geek out on the science of wine, and is encouraged to do as such.

Girard Winery is known for making Chardonnay and Cabernet-based wines. They are also expanding their focus to Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grown on century-old vines that dot the Napa countryside. Their tasting room is in Yountville a stone’s throw from The French Laundry.

I’m a fan of all their red wines, which for me are bold and possess a generous mouth-feel with a lingering finish. Dark fruit aromatics will hypnotize you and before you can say anything you’re back in the hotel room with three cases by your side — but please wait to drink until you get home because who knows how they got to your hotel room and what kind of bottle shock they went through.

T’was wonderous of Jacqueline to spend time during harvest to talk to me about the finer things in life, so listen, enjoy and be elevated: click here to listen or download.

On July 14th, 2011, The Noble Rot and Stag Dining Group partnered to host the “Anti” Bastille Day Party with Jacqueline as our guest wine-start of honor.

On the Catwalks...

Jacqueline barrel sampled me on every single barrel. Only took us seven hours. (I'm lying, ya know?)

So she actually wrote her name across the barrel with a barrel smith coaching her along the way. #classy.


  1. Ed Thralls


    Great post and great subject. We love Jackie here at Girard and think she does a tremendous job. Thanks for visiting our facility! We working on a video of Jackie taken earlier this harvest, so be on the lookout for that shortly on our blog: http://blog.girardwinery.com


    1. Jonny Cigar Author

      Monsieur Ed! Thanks good sir: we had a great chat and it made for a fantastic Noble Rot Talks episode. She was also amazing at our event on Bastille Day in San Fran. I’ll keep checking back at the Girard blog, thanks for the link. Harvested, Jonny

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