Winery Tasting and Club Pick-up

Happy New Year from Bottle Jack!

To kick off 2014, we’ll be opening the winery on January 25th from 12:00-5:00 for wine tastings and our Winter Wine Club Release. Come check out the newest winery in town!

Taste what is left of our current wines, sample upcoming wines to be released later this year and barrel samples of our recent vintages.

Wine Club members can also pick up their Winter Club packs during the day.

Here are some more details – but the basic message is that you should come share some wine with us!

  • Tasting flights for $5 per person, refunded with wine purchases or joining the Wine Club.
  • Wine Club members get 4 Free tastings so bring some extra friends and family.
  • Parking and space is somewhat limited so we ask for a RSVP with the number of people in your group and an approximate arrival time.

Bottle Jack Winery is located at 1088 La Madrona Drive, Santa Cruz 95060. For directions, and a map, click here:


San Francisco Winemaker Tasting July 26th at RUBY WINE

Bottle Jack Wines and winemaker John Ritchey will be making a guest appearance at Ruby Wine in San Francisco. From 5:00 – 8:00 pm we’ll be pouring our current wines plus a some surprises with cheeses and charcuterie. Ruby Wines is located in the Potrero Hill area at 1419 18th St, San Francisco, CA 9417 (phone: 415-401-7708).

email for more information.

Award Winning!

Bottle Jack Syrah and Firenze Super Tuscan Blend are Silver Medals winners at the 2012 California State Fair Competition!

Head on over to the “purchase” tab to place your orders while supplies last – only 20 cases of Syrah and 40 cases of Firenze are left.

Hungarian Oak Barrel Stave Smoked BBQ’d Salmon – Awesome!

Just tried a killer way to cook Salmon the other night using a barrel stave. Give it a shot and you won’t be disappointed

Get an old barrel or barrel stave from your friendly local winemaker.  I used an old Hungarian barrel once filled with fine Pinot, but any type works well. Cut it into planks slightly larger than your your Salmon steak. Soak the planks in a water for 1-24 hours & use a brick or stone to keep them submerged. Season Salmon with your favorite seasonings (I used salt, olive oil, pepper, dill and garlic) and marinate for 15min-1hr. When the BBQ is heated, place the planks directly over the coals, close the lid and heat for 5 minutes. Stop, have some beer, or maybe wine and enjoy the awesome smokey aromas. After 5 min. move the planks to indirect heat on the grill and place the marinated salmon directly on top of the plank with the skin side down. Close the lid and grill until its cooked through – about 15-20 minutes. Don’t forget to pair with some killer wine!

Barrel Plank Salmon

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Nick’s Thoughts…

Here is what our good friend and Assistant Winemaker of Benovia Winery, Nick Finarelli thinks of the Syrah;
“Digging the wine. Like the leather and plum. Tannins are supple. Reminds me a lot of a Rhone Syrah.”
I’ll take that from someone who’s email prefix is “rhonelover”!

By The Glass @ Vino & Freinds

Bottle Jack is now being poured by-the-glass at Vino & Friends in Fresno! This is the same shop where John worked with owners Chuck & Jen Van Fleet who helped support him during his winemaking studies at Fresno State. They have a great wine store, bar & bistro and carry our Zinfandel and Firenze Super Tuscan Blend.  We’re happy to be in place where wine is shared with family, friends, laughter and love everyday.  Thanks Chuck & Jen!

Bottle Jack in Shoppers

Exciting news!! Bottle Jack is now available at Shopper’s Corner – A great local grocery store with a wine selection that’s tough to beat and a huge supporter of Santa Cruz wineries. Look for the 2008 Santa Cruz Syrah and Zinfandel next time you’re in the store. Thanks Shopper’s!


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Bottle Jack In Chicago

Our first out-of-state distribution – SWEET! Bottle Jack is now sold in the great area of Chicago. All of our wines can be found at WineStyles, the same shop John worked at years ago before making the leap into winemaking. If you are in the area, visit our good friend, Sean, and pick up a bottle (or more) of Bottle Jack.
(847) 486-8900