Friday, March 20, 2009

Jacob Kauffman, RIP

It's been reported that Winemaker Jason Kauffman died suddenly last week, aged just 34. A former Cellarmaster and Assistant Winemaker at David Bruce, he had been the winemaker at Muccigrosso Vineyards since 2001, crafting award winning wines including a Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir, two Zinfandels and a Syrah/Sangiovese blend called Table Two. His 2005 "Stan's Zin" from the Moniz Vineyard in Santa Clara Valley received a gold at the recent Chronicle awards.

There is an official announcement on the Muccigrosso Vineyards web site and an obituary on


Anonymous said...

I am an old friend from Jake's days in Santa Barbara. Does anyone know what happened. All his old friends are at a loss and looking for some answers. He was a great guy. Please if there is any info about what happened, we are in need of some closure. I can be reached at