J. C. Somers vineyard with a dog

J.C. Somers

J. C. Somers
Havested grapes in a crate

J.C. Somers is the collaboration between Jay Christopher Somers and his longtime partner and wife Ronda Newell-Somers. Native to Oregon, Jay is not new to wine or the Willamette Valley; he has been making wine here for more than 30 years and established the J. Christopher brand in 1996. Ronda has always been a key part of the team, helping with every aspect of the winery from cellar to sales and marketing.

The philosophy at J.C, Somers is to produce wines in an old-world style that emphasizes focus, length and balance. As Jay puts it, “We do not make fruit bombs. We want wines that have a fine balance of fruit, acidity and texture. We want wines that give you more than just a big mid-palate blast — wines that are complete.” The key to this, Jay firmly believes, is patient winemaking — it is vital not to rush things and allow the wines to develop naturally. The wines should evolve at their own pace, with a minimum of intervention. He is taking inspiration from wines of the Old World and applying it to the terroir of the Willamette Valley.

​When Jay is not busy making wine he is usually playing guitar and composing new music for his band Portland Cement, check out their new album “The Road to El Groove” on your favorite steaming app. Meanwhile, Ronda has recently become a certified Peak Pilates instructor and will be opening a studio in the near future.

The label displays the New Moon which signifies a new phase in their winemaking adventures. After founding and developing the J. Christopher brand starting in 1996 they are returning to their roots producing small quantities of focused, elegant and terroir driven wines made from the best sites in the Willamette Valley.

Website: Jcsomers.wine

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