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Jazz Cellars Winery created from love of wines, music by partners

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Jazz Cellars Winery created from love of wines, music by partners

Owners Bob Smith and Joe Lazzara stand in front of Jazz Cellars tasting room in Murphys.

Enterprise photo by Noah Berner

Jazz Cellars Winery created from love of wines, music by partners

Jazz Cellars Winery created from love of wines, music by partners

Owners Bob Smith and Joe Lazzara stand in front of Jazz Cellars tasting room in Murphys.

Enterprise photo by Noah Berner

In September of 2016, friends and business partners Bob Smith and Joe Lazzara opened Jazz Cellars tasting room on Main Street in Murphys. It is stocked with bottles of wine produced at their San Francisco winemaking facility, which they established in 2005.

Since then the winery has received over 110 awards, producing a variety of single vineyard California wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Barbera, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir. And, true to its name, the winery frequently hosts musical performances on its front patio.

Here, the business partners talk about their wines and all that goes into Jazz Cellars.

To me, winemaking means:

Smith: Both Joe and I spent most of our careers in the tech industry, which is a very intense, highly competitive, specialized (industry). When you go to a cocktail party, and somebody that isn’t in the industry says, “What do you do?” you kind of go, “Oh, how am I going to explain it?” But if you go to a cocktail party and say, “Oh, we make wine,” everybody’s like, “Oh, tell me about your winery!” It’s kind of a universal language, right, everybody understands wine.

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