About J. Christopher

Sometimes one good thing leads to another. So it was that Jay Somers came into our life thanks to another of our close friends, Ernst Loosen. The two met more than a decade ago and realised they shared a love of Pinot Noir, which Erni has been making at J.L. Wolf since 1996 – the same year Jay established the J. Christopher brand. Their friendship led to a partnership, and in 2010 they built a winery and planted a vineyard in Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley, in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The winery specialises in Pinot Noir made using the traditional methods of Burgundy, including biodynamic practices in the vineyard. It’s also one of the few in Oregon to produce Sauvignon Blanc, modelled after the great wines of Sancerre. Jay’s wines are handcrafted in small batches and are sourced from some of the best vineyards in Oregon.

About Jay Christopher Somers

Jay Christopher Somers wanted to be a rock star. He looks like one and plays guitar like one, but in the end he went for wine. He gained experience with Don Kautzner at Adelsheim Vineyard in Oregon, Neil McCallum at Dry Creek Vineyard in New Zealand, and John Paul at Cameron Winery in Oregon. In his five years at Cameron, he adopted an Old World style of vineyard management and winemaking that yielded wines that tasted more like the Burgundies he loved to drink. With John’s encouragement, he bottled his first J. Christopher vintage in 1996.
After Jay’s third vintage of J. Christopher, he spent the next 11 years making J. Christopher alongside Holloran Vineyard Wines at the Holloran facility in the Willamette Valley. In 2004, Jay worked vintage at the Dr. Loosen winery in the Mosel. Over many bottles of wine after long days of work, he and Ernst Loosen discovered a shared passion for Pinot Noir. In 2010 they formalised their partnership, bought a 40-acre property on Chehalem Mountain in Newberg, Oregon, and began building a new J. Christopher winery.

Available Wines

2013  J. Christopher Sandra Adele Pinot Noir

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2013  J. Christopher Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir ‘Nuages’

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2012  J. Christopher Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir ‘Nuages’

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2010  J. Christopher Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir ‘Nuages’

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2014  J. Christopher Pinot Noir

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2012  J. Christopher Pinot Noir

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2011  J. Christopher Pinot Noir

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