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THE VINE Blended, A Winemaker’s Studio By Larry J. Mickartz Something is happening here…here in our luscious winegrowing region. The Santa Clara Valley has a long history of wine growing. Guglielmo just celebrated their 90th anniversary and they are the oldest continuously family owned and operated winery in Santa Clara Valley. While Kirigin Cellars has had multiple owners it is launching it’s 100th anniversary! Lately the area as seen the influx of new wineries and younger winemakers like Lion’s Ranch, Ross, Miramar, Stefania, and Seeker. New energy can also be seen at Sycamore Creek Winery where Frank Léal is renovating the property. Another sign of newness in the local wine industry is out in the east foothills at the old Kruse winery… Blended, A Winemaker’s Studio. Tom Kruse sold his home and winery as a package. The buyer was interested in the home and farm and had little interest in the vineyards or winery. At this point enter Jeffrey Fadness and Blended. There is a little back-story on Jeffrey. After years of work in the local corporate world, Jeffrey needed some time off to sort out a few of life’s questions. Within a month of starting his sabbatical, Jeffrey was tasting some local wine at Bubbles in Morgan Hill. The owner asked him what he thought of a particular wine. Jeffrey gave his little reflective review. The owner asked if he would like to meet the winemaker! Jeffrey was then introduced to Jason Goetz from Jason Stephens… and the course of Jeffrey’s sabbatical and life for the next few years took an unexpected turn. Jeffrey offered to work for Jason for free for a year, if Jason would teach him about wine and winemaking! A friendship and a road map for Jeffrey was laid out. While learning and working at Jason Stephens, Jeffrey undertook the two-year Winemaker’s Certificate Program offered by UC Davis. Before long Jeffery, the compulsive planner, set-up a five-year plan for his winemaking adventure, which would culminate with him selling his own wine at his winery in 2019. Two years early in his scheduled winery ownership plans, the opportunity to lease the Kruse vineyards and winery came up. Jeffrey was already making wine but he was not ready to sell wine. Even so, the opportunity was a good one. A mix of opportunity and planning gave birth to Blended, A Winemakers Studio. Jeffrey needed a place to make and store wine until he could sell to the public. He found two partners who needed a place to make and store wine…and sell wine! Blended is the partnership of Jeffrey Fadness of La Vie Dansante Wines, Ted Madeiros of Medeiros Family Wines, and Ron Mosley of TASS Vineyards and Winery. The partners are all at different places in the world of wine but complement to each other well. Jeffrey’s wine will not be ready for a while but he needed a place to make wine and produce some income. Ted, who many locals might know from his work at Sycamore Creek 96 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MARCH/APRIL 2016 gmhtoday.com THE VINE Blended, A Winemaker’s Studio S By Larry J. Mickartz omething is happening here…here in our luscious winegrowing region. The Santa Clara Valley has a long history of wine growing. Guglielmo just celebrated their 90th anniversary and they are the oldest continuously family owned and operated winery in Santa Clara Valley. While Kirigin Cellars has had multiple owners it is launching it’s 100th anniversary! Lately the area as seen the influx of new wineries and younger winemakers like Lion’s Ranch, Ross, Miramar, Stefania, and Seeker. New energy can also be seen at Sycamore Creek Winery where Frank Léal is renovating the property. Another sign of newness in the local wine industry is out in the east foothills at the old Kruse winery… Blended, A Winemaker’s Studio. Tom Kruse sold his home and winery as a package. The buyer was interested in the home and farm and had little interest in the vineyards or winery. At this point enter Jeffrey Fadness and Blended. 96 There is a little back-story on Jeffrey. After years of work in the local corporate world, Jeffrey needed some time off to sort out a few of life’s questions. Within a month of starting his sabbatical, Jeffrey was tasting some local wine at Bubbles in Morgan Hill. The owner asked him what he thought of a particular wine. Jeffrey gave his little reflective review. The owner asked if he would like to meet the winemaker! Jeffrey was then introduced to Jason Goetz from Jason Stephens… and the course of Jeffrey’s sabbatical and life for the next few years took an unexpected turn. Jeffrey offered to work for Jason for free for a year, if Jason would teach him about wine and winemaking! A friendship and a road map for Jeffrey was laid out. 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