JaM is short for John and Michele. The business was founded by John and Michele Truchard and Rob Lloyd. John was raised in the vineyards as his parents Tony and JoAnn were developing Truchard Vineyards. In 2003 Michele and John started john Anthony Vineyards and then later JaM Cellars along with Rob. Co-founder, Rob Lloyd, obtained his Masters Degree in Enology at UC Davis in 1999. After working with LaCrema Rob eventually became the winemaker at Rombauer Winery in Napa where he helped them become named Wine Spectators Top 100 Wines in the World in 2007.
The brand was created in 2009 with the idea of giving wine lovers of all ages something that is easy to appreciate and afford.
Our first release was in 2009, with our 2007 JaM Red Blend, which was joined in 2010 by our aptly named Chardonnay, Butter.
Butter, a California Chardonnay, was created with the same idea in mind as JaM, giving white wine lovers of all ages a rich fruit, buttery, reasonably priced wine.
Today our wines are crafted by winemaker Jeff Kandarian. Jeff joined the company after being a winemaker with Beringer’s luxury brands and leading the winemaking efforts at King Estate in Oregon for 5 years.