Stephanie Jacobs was appointed Cakebread Cellars winemaker in 2017, becoming only the fourth winemaker in the winery’s nearly five decades.
Stephanie became interested in wine as an exchange student in France. After graduating from the University of California at Davis, she worked at a small winery in the Sierra Foothills, learning about cellar operations and lab analysis, then she moved on to a position in enology at Bogle Vineyards. In 2004, Stephanie joined Cakebread Cellars as an enologist, and was soon promoted to assistant winemaker. In 2012, she became project leader for pinot noir, which remains her favorite varietal of the Cakebread Cellars wines. Today she oversees all winemaking operations, upholding the winery’s style of consistent, balanced, age-worthy wines that pair well with good food and good friends.
Stephanie is active in the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group, and enjoys cooking and working in her vegetable garden with her daughter, Mae.