Meet the Winemaker
In 2004, after over twenty-three years in the Pharmaceutical / Biotech sector, serendipity played a significant role in Jim's life. Upon being relocated to Washington from California, Jim's new team, knowing he loved wine, presented him with a basket of fine Washington wines to show him that superior wines were indeed produced "outside" California.
It just so happened that one of the selections in that basket was an excellent Pleasant Hill Cellars 2001 Columbia Valley Cabernet, which Jim thoroughly enjoyed. Asking where he could acquire more of this excellent wine and as chance would have it he was told that Pleasant Hill Cellars was having an event the following weekend and that he could not only pick up another bottle, but spend time at the winery and meet Larry Lindvig; owner and award winning winemaker.
Long story short, Jim began helping Larry at the winery, learning cellar operations and how to make small lots of fine wine. After gaining further training from UC Davis, Jim became an alternating proprietor with Larry at Pleasant Hill, establishing and opening Icon Cellars in the Spring of 2010.
With a focus on Rhone varietals, Icon's first white wine, a 2010 Viognier, won a Silver medal at the 2011 Seattle Wine Awards. Since that time other varietals and other vintages have won Double Gold and Platinum awards in northwest wine competitions.