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Navarro Vineyards

Jim Klein has been the winemaker at Navarro Vineyards since 1992. The Southern California native began his career in accounting after getting a Business Degree from California State University Northridge. It was the winemaking hobby of his father that led him from crunching numbers to crushing grapes. After studying at UC Davis, he joined Brander Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley and then spent four years at Charles Krug Winery in Napa Valley. Klein then decided he needed a new winemaking adventure and found it in Israel where he launched the country’s first Méthode Champenoise sparkling wine. Returning to California from Israel with his wife, Rinat, Klein found his permanent wine home at Navarro. He strives to craft wines that allow the expression of the fruit, without being overly fruity or sweet. His Pinot Noirs, along with Alsace-style Rieslings, Gewürztraminers and Muscats, have earned Navarro countless medals in international wine competitions.