Jeff Kandarian
Executive Winemaker

Jeff was born and raised in the agriculturally-based San Joaquin Valley, California and knew early on that he wanted to make wine. At California State University of Fresno he studied Enology and Chemistry earning his Bachelor of Sciences degree.

Jeff honed his winemaking craft at both large and small wineries in the Paso Robles AVA, notably including Justin, Meridian, Eberle and Shandon Valley Partners. Eventually, the northern, cool, coastal climate in Oregon called to him and he landed there as Winemaker with Del Rio Vineyards and Winery.

In the summer of 2008, Jeff joined King Estate, taking the mantel of Director of Winemaking and Viticulture in 2010. His energy and passion for winemaking translated to exceptional wines for King Estate. Jeff also established himself as a respected voice in the industry, speaking at wine industry symposia on his approach for making outstanding Oregon Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. During his tenure, King Estate received “Winery of the Year” on three separate occasions from Wine & Spirits Magazine.

In 2014 Jeff connected with John Truchard, relocated to the Napa Valley and took over winemaking for John Anthony Wine & Spirits. Jeff makes wine across the signature collection of John Anthony Vineyards, Napa Valley; all-occasion Californian wines JaM Cellars; the Burgundian-varietal portfolio Weather Wines; and Serial’s series of wines showcasing Paso Robles—where Jeff started his career.

For Serial, Jeff sources grapes from our Deseo Estate and several small vineyards across the region—growers that are friends of Jeff’s, or friends of friends that he met during his early career.

As John Anthony Wine & Spirits Executive Winemaker, Jeff continues to add to his career collection of over fifty 90+ points ratings from Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits, Wine Spectator, and Wine Advocate—confirming his skill as a world-class winemaker.