Women in Business 2013: Melissa Stackhouse, J Vineyards & Winery

Melissa Stackhouse

Vice president of winemaking, J Vineyards & Winery, 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg 95448; 707-431-5226; jwine.com

Age: 46

Residence: Santa Rosa

Professional background: I Apprenticed at Robert Mondavi, Sterling Vineyards, Joseph Phelps, Peter Michael Winery and Alexander Valley Vineyards prior to accepting an assistant winemaker position at La Crema in 2001. Shortly thereafter, I was promoted to winemaker and stayed with La Crema for 10 years. In spring 2011, I accepted the vice president of winemaking position at J Vineyards & Winery.

Education: BS in viticulture and enology, University of California, Davis

Staff: I have a great production team: Assistant Winemaker Scott Anderson, Production Director Martin Guzman and viticulturalist John Erbe.

Tell us about yourself and your company: J Vineyards & Winery is an exceptional family-owned winery in Russian River Valley founded on the idea that great sparkling wine can be made in this region. Our founder, Judy Jordan, is the daughter of Tom Jordan, who owns Jordan Winery. The J brand has evolved into not only sparkling wine but also expressive pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris table wines.

I came to J with the intent of amplifying the quality of the pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris programs, while continuing the legacy of J sparkling-wine production.

I grew up in Lansing, Mich. and attended Calvin College from 1984--1987. After studying psychology then nursing, I dropped out after three years because I wasn’t feeling passionate about either choice.

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