Malcolm Jolley talks to J. Brix’s Emily Towe about their California wine projects…
Emily and Jody Towe make wine at J. Brix near San Diego in Southern California. They make wine from local vines, but also from vineyardss in Central California, seeking small plots of interesting grapes to make small lots of non-interventionist wine. Their agent in Ontario is Kari Macknight Dearborn of the Drink Better agency who connected me recently with three of their many unique wines that are available this summer:
- The 2019 J. Brix Coloborum Kick On Ranch Reisling Pettilant Naturel: a racy Pet-Nat, bone dry and citrussy – very refreshing in a hot summer night;
- The 2019 J. Brix Coucou Counoise: a light juicy red full of red cherries and a touch of oak on the finish; and
- The 2019 J. Brix Nomine Amoris Skin Contact Pinot Gris: a deeply pink rosé that spends 12 days on the skins and bursts with maraschino cherry and a whiff of vanilla.
All three wines were great fun and unusual, so I wanted to know more about what happens at J. Brix. Kari connected me with Emily Towe, one half of the winery’s ownership with her husband Jody, and she agreed to sit for the Zoom video interview below.
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