About Us

Owners

Angela Jacobs

The Winemaker

WineGirl Wines was founded in 2006 by our winemaker Angela Jacobs chasing the kite strings of a wine dream. In 2010, she made her wine home in the Lake Chelan Wine Valley where she saw the wine growing potential of Lake Chelan to be the greatest in all of Washington State.


Todd Link

The General

Todd Link joined WineGirl Wines with the harvest 2016. He has been The General Manager and militant Trivia Host for several seasons cracking the whip while waving his hand in grand welcome to everyone passing by in town. He can be found giving piggy back rides to his daughters or smoking a cigar around the booming fire pit.


Brooklyn Link

The Boss

Baby Brooklyn joined the team in 2016. She was the greatest gift of that Harvest and learned the tricks of the trade at the bosom of her mother from the baby Bjorn. She continues to learn the trade voraciously, prefers driving the forklift, and dreams of someday driving her very own tractor.


The Winemaker

Make me good God, but not yet.

– Nurse Jackie

More Punchdowns

Angela Jacobs is an ambitious winemaker and entrepreneur, who played a little roller derby in a past life. Angela’s path to becoming an award-winning winemaker began in 1998 when she tried her first Pinot Noir while working at an Italian restaurant in college. Since then, her every waking moment has been dedicated to the rhythm of pursuing all aspects of fine and expressive wines. 

 

After graduating from the University of Washington in 2003 with degrees in Biochemistry and Cell & Molecular Biology, she began a world-tour following the grape harvests and learning winemaking skills from renowned winemakers. In 2006, she ventures to Oregon for a position as Enologist in the Willamette Valley. There, she developed a state-of-the-art, quality control laboratory and managed several interns. But haunted by the need to materialize her own wines under her own label designs, she returned to Seattle and purchased two tons of ultra-premium grapes from Red Mountain, WA.

Because one cannot live off wine alone, she continued her scientific pursuits at a pharmaceutical company in the formulations department studying stability and shelf-life of chemical compounds purposed for FDA studies. Meanwhile in 2007, Angela licensed her first winery in Seattle where she produced her debut vintages of WineGirl Wines including Viognier, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.

Searching for more business skills, she completed an MBA from the Foster School of Business in 2010. And because Lake Chelan has the most potential in the state of Washington to be a world-class wine destination, she moved her wine operations and tasting room to the Village of Manson. Angela, Baby Brooklyn, Todd, Kenai and Quincy, the wine dogs, have recently celebrated eight years showcasing “story-worthy wines” on the North Shore of Lake Chelan. She also serves as the Past President for the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance and served six years on the board of the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce.

When not spinning donuts on her forklift or on top of a barrel, she can be found enjoying the sun with her daughter Brooklyn, practicing yoga, running, or spending time with her fur kids Quincy and Kenai.

Inspiration

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Winemaking Style

Cleanliness is next to Godliness. And then some. Angela prefers to let the grape express itself. She views her responsibility as winemaker is to guide the grapes into the wine they will become without serious manipulation. My goal is not to make a grocery store wine, but to tell the story of the vineyard and the season from which it came. A serious wine taster should be able to identify certain clues of the wine’s story by it’s taste. A vertical of five Chardonnays from the same vineyard, should not be expected to all taste the same.

Note from WineGirl:

Wine tells a story. It tells the story of the vineyard and the vineyard manager, the climate and the watering schedule. A wine then is passed into the hands of the winemaker at which point it tells the story of wine handling, manipulation, storage, aging and filtration. All these components of the process are affected by the human touch that goes in to it. I am the first to say that my wines are a direct reflection of my decisions, my beliefs, and my life. If I am going through a big change, my wine reflects my struggle as it reflects my successes. Each wine is a story of my life. I invite you to come share in my wine and let’s share a little of our worlds together.

The General

True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done.

– John Wayne

 

Born in East Wenatchee, Todd Link was an Eastmont Wildcat until 8th grade when his family moved to Redmond, WA. During his junior high and high school days, he excelled in track and field and football. After graduating high school, he followed in his father’s footsteps joining the Navy as an air traffic controller during Operation Desert Storm. After four years of service in the armed forces, he chose to return home to Washington and start a career in hotel and restaurant management. He worked for various restaurants in the Seattle area before being promoted to General Manager at the Four Seasons in East Wenatchee.

After the sale of the Four Seasons, he completed his locomotive engineer examination and spent over 17 years working as an Engineer for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. After retiring from the railway, he can be seen spending his retirement days at WineGirl Wines helping to manage employees, events, and daily sales operations. Todd’s communication and networking skills in the community have been invaluable in promoting the growth of the winery. In his spare time, he can be found driving tons of grapes or smoking a cigar around the fire pit.

Todd Link has two speeds. A-head and back-up.

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The Boss

And though she be but little, she is fierce.

– William Shakespear