Stephanie Jacobs

Cakebread Cellars was the manifestation of a dream for Dolores Cakebread, who co-founded the Rutherford winery with her husband, Jack, in the early 1970s. She was active with the winery until 2005, when she stepped back from day-to-day involvement. Julianne Laks expanded the female leadership when she joined in 1986, eventually becoming Cakebread’s third winemaker.

Stephanie Jacobs worked closely with Laks for 13 years before succeeding her in 2017, becoming only the fourth winemaker in the winery’s nearly five decades. Jacobs serves as a “true north” for Cakebread Cellars, defining the essence of both the wines and the winery. She joined the winery as an enologist in 2004 and rose through the ranks to become Director of Winemaking, continuing a tradition of female leadership at the family-owned winery.

Jacobs blends the traditional with the cutting-edge to produce truly extraordinary wines with bright acidity and fresh fruit flavors that complement a variety of cuisines. She pushes the boundaries with innovative approaches, such as her use of concrete eggs for Cakebread’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines, adding complexity and mouthfeel. Jacobs also launched the winery’s Pinot Noir program using native yeast and grape-stem fermentation.

In her current role overseeing all winemaking operations, Jacobs upholds the winery’s consistent style of richly flavored, elegantly balanced wines that pair well with good food and good friends. Her stated mission at Cakebread Cellars is to “craft remarkable, ageworthy wines, bringing pleasure and comfort to every table that’s host to a good life.”

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