Winemaker

Make me good God, but not yet.

– Nurse Jackie

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Angela Jacobs, an ambitious winemaker and entrepreneur who played a little roller derby in her spare time, now owns and operates WineGirl Wines of Lake Chelan. Angela’s path to becoming a bad-a** winemaker, began in 1998 when she tried her first Pinot Noir while working a part-time job in college. After that, every waking moment was dedicated to the rhythm of pursuing fine wine, from her German language study-abroad touring the vineyards of Austria, Greece and Italy to her undergraduate project entitled the “Wine Levels of Hell” inspired by an Italian class on Dante’s Divine Comedy.

After graduating from the University of Washington in 2003 with degrees in Biochemistry and Cell & Molecular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Botany, she began a world tour following the fall grape harvests and learning winemaking skills from renowned winemakers. She returned to the Pacific Northwest for a job as a Laboratory Manager in the Willamette Valley. There, she developed a state-of-the-art, quality control laboratory and managed several harvest interns. But haunted by the need to produce her own wines under her own label designs, she returned to the Seattle area and made some phone calls to purchase 2 tons of ultra-premium wine grapes from Red Mountain, Washington.

Because one can’t live off of wine alone, she continued her scientific pursuits with a short stint at a Seattle pharmaceutical company in the formulations department studying stability, shelf-life, and degradation of chemical compounds purposed for FDA studies. Meanwhile, Angela licensed her first winery in Seattle where she produced her debut vintages of WineGirl Wines including Viognier, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Searching for more leadership skills, she entered the MBA program at the Foster School of Business in 2008. Graduating in 2010 with an MBA in marketing and entrepreneurship, she started commercial production and distribution of her award-winning wines in Lake Chelan, Washington.

When not in the tasting room or in the winery, she can be found enjoying the sun, riding her Harley, spinning donuts on her forklift, training for marathons, practicing yoga, or spending time with her furry kid Quincy.


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 a wine by it’s taste. A vertical of five Chardonnays from the same vineyard, should not 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 time 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 admit, that my wines are a direct reflection of my personal life and my decisions. If I am affected by my family, my wine is affected by my family. If I am overcoming a big life change, my wine reflects my struggle. Each wine is a story of my life. Come share my wine and share in a little of my world.