Jim Schwabe, Founder and Winemaker.
After more than 25 years working for technology companies, it was time to let the passion for wine loose. Jim and Doug started making amateur wines in the philosophy of the Garage Wines, focusing on creating distinctive red wines. Starting out with a few friends they bought some Cabernet grapes from a local vineyard. Their first amateur vintage won a silver medal at the Orange County Fair Wine Competition. Over the years, they honed their skills with the help of other vintners, developed new techniques and launched a professional winery, Baccarossa.
Doug Aumack, Founder and Winemaker.
Doug, a native Californian, shares the passion for red wines, and has a natural instinct for winemaking. A Stanford grad, Doug worked for 25 years as a mechanical engineer for IBM in south San Jose, as part of the team who developed the original hard disk drive.
Jennifer Sommerness, Baccarossa Chef.
An educator by day, an avid cook by night…Jen wishes her two passions could be aligned! Her love of creating food for family and friends started many years ago, and developed through private classes, reading and cooking her way through increasingly challenging recipes from around the world. As much as she loves to spend an entire day in her kitchen, she also loves the ease of producing fabulous food quickly, based on an understanding of how ingredients, layering of flavors and use of basic techniques play together to make a delicious whole.
Special thanks to all our significant others, kids and friends who have encouraged us, and helped in so many other ways.
We really appreciate it!
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Baccarossa means Red Berry in Italian, and celebrates our love for wine. Baccarossa is owned and operated by two families. We strive to make delicious wine using traditional techniques, minimal additions, and oak barrel aging. With an annual volume of only about 200 cases, we are very attentive to the winemaking process, and our wine can be somewhat hard to find. We sell to local wine bars, restaurants and on-line directly to you (California residents only).
We work directly with select vineyards in Northern California, and source premium quality grapes to handcraft wine in small lots, using minimal automation. Our wines are aged in American and French oak barrels, usually for a period of two years. Our wines are not filtered, to bring out the most natural flavor, truest to the terroir of the grapes.
Baccarossa Winery is a micro winery located in the hills above beautiful Los Gatos, California. Unfortunately, we do not have a tasting room, and are not open to the public.
Baccarossa. Los Gatos, California