Field Reports

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation West Coast Gala

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Newport Beach, CA – – The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation reports that nearly $1.3m was raised during it’s 36th Annual West Coast Gala on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  The dinner, featuring a performance by the Marine Corps Band, San Diego, was a sellout and continued the long tradition of fundraising dinners. Jarhead founder Adam Firestone was honored with the Semper Fidelis Award for his contributions to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

Adam Firestone pictured after receiving Semper Fidelis Award.

 

We are proud to report that our new vintage of Jarhead Red was served at the dinner.  More updates will follow as Jarhead Red finds its way to Birthday Balls and other events across the country. 

 

Sincerely,

Peter Firestone

Currently on active duty at Jarhead Wine Company


36th Annual West Coast Gala

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

36th Annual West Coast Gala to be held at Pelican Hill on October 6th

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation will hold its annual dinner gala at the Pelican Hill resort at Newport Beach, California. Jarhead Wine Company founder and Company Commander, Adam Firestone, is to be honored with their Semper Fidelis Award. Naturally, Jarhead wines will be served.

For tickets contact SMJ@thefashionableevent.com or (949)933-9581

 

For more information on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation go to www.MCSF.org/westcoast

 

Sincerely,

Peter Firestone

Currently on active duty at Jarhead Wine Company


Iwo Jima Reunion

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

FIFTH MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION REUNION OCT. 16-21 BRINGS IWO JIMA VETERANS TO URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Fifth Marine Division Association is hosting Iwo Jima veterans to a reunion on October 16-21. Jarhead Wine Company was proud to be asked to help supply wines for the dinner.

For more information click here: http://rayelliott23.blogspot.com/

 

Sincerely,

Peter Firestone

Currently on active duty at Jarhead Wine Company

 

 


Vintage Update

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

I am pleased to report that while we have missed two vintages, there is a new vintage in process.  The wine is currently being blended and new vintage labels are ordered. Jarhead needs the kind attention of winemaker Andrew Murray and slotting in this additional work right during harvest is no small sacrifice.  

There are 120 cases forecasted in this lot and we are planning on bottling in mid-September.  More when we know.

 Meanwhile, don’t forget that since 1962, their Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation mission has continued unbroken helping fund the education for the children of fallen Marines and other service members.  The MCSF is unmatched in their efficiency and their award of scholarships has impacted the lives of thousands. Please keep them in your mind (and wallet!) when enjoying Jarhead Red by donating directly at www.MCSF.org.

 

Sincerely,

Peter Firestone

Currently on active duty at Jarhead Wine Company

 


Introducing Peter Firestone of Jarhead Wine Company

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Pictured is Peter Firestone and Nicholas Firestone (CAPT USMC ’11-’15)

 

I am Peter Firestone, the son of the founder of Jarhead Wine Company, Adam Firestone.

As some may have read, our winemaking took a hiatus when our founder became distracted by his beer making ventures.  Meanwhile, my older brother, Captain Nick Firestone, USMC was swallowed up by business school at Berkeley. That means it has fallen to me to pick up Jarhead Red’s pack and keep marching.  So for the past year, I have been working on reviving Jarhead Red wines and merchandise. This effort is made in tribute to my godfather, Lt Col. Peter Nicholson USMC. Uncle Pete and three fellow Marines were killed when their UC-35D crashed in a training mission for Operation Enduring Freedom.  I was still pretty young then, but his memory lives long.

More importantly, I hope this will continue to keep the conversation alive about The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.  Since 1962, their mission has continued helping fund the education for the children of fallen Marines and other service members (including each of Uncle Pete’s four children).  The MCSF is unmatched in their efficiency and their award of scholarships has impacted the lives of thousands. Please keep them in your mind (and wallet!) when enjoying Jarhead Red. You can donate directly at www.MCSF.org.

 

Sincerely,

Peter Firestone

Currently on active duty at Jarhead Wine Company


Teeing Up The New Year

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Chuck-and-JosephPictured here is Jarhead liaison Chuck Carlson (at left) with Joseph Franzia, owner of our distributor Bronco Wine Co. / Classic Wines of California, at the company’s recent annual sales meeting in Ceres, California.

Joseph served as a USMC Captain of Delta 1/7 in Vietnam and received a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. As you can imagine, he his a big fan of our wines, and the feelings are mutual.

For Chuck, the meeting was an opportunity to connect with around 70 Classic Wine representatives from around the nation, including those who sell our wines to military bases on the East Coast. He tasted them on our latest releases and filled them in on the latest news in the world of Jarhead Wine Company. Chuck is also a winemaker, so he was able to share details about our vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

A new year is upon us, and a meeting like this makes sure that our wines remained deployed as far and wide as possible!


Introducing Nick Firestone of Jarhead Wine Company

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Nick-Firestone-MarinesAs they say, like father like son…

Indeed, Nicholas Firestone (CAPT USMC ’11-’15), son of Jarhead Wine Company founder Adam Firestone (CAPT USMC ’84 – ’91), is currently transitioning from the Marine Corps and becoming more actively involved in Jarhead wines.

We caught up with Nick to learn what he’s been up to–and what lies ahead:

What are you doing for Jarhead Wine Company?

-What I am doing for Jarhead is telling its story and getting the word out. The Jarhead Wine Company is unique and special in that it offers affordable, great-value wines made by Marines to be enjoyed by Marines, and with an added bonus that we can give something back. So, I look forward to continuing to tell the story of Jarhead Wines.

You are currently transitioning from the Marine Corps. Tell us a bit more about your career in the Marines…

-While I grew up in a winemaking family, I am also a third generation Marine. My grandfather was a Marine Major who flew Corsairs in World War II and in the Korean War, and my father was a Marine Captain who served in Desert Storm when I was a toddler. With a strong Marine Corps’ tradition, I have served all over the world for the last four years as an Artillery Officer with 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment including in Thailand, Korea, Mongolia, and Afghanistan. It has been a wonderful, life-changing experience.

You recently helped winemaker Andrew Murray with the harvesting and “crush” of Jarhead grapes—what was that like? How does the fruit look this year?

– Andrew is a wealth of knowledge with infectious enthusiasm who is sort of like a big brother to me. Having grown up in a wine family and well used to pitching in during harvest, it was great to join him this year as there is lots of work to go around. It seems as though this year will be a unique challenge for Andrew and other valley winemakers, as this harvest began somewhat early and yield is slightly low. I look forward to hearing more about the creative angle that Andrew will take to approach making wine this year.

You grew up in a winemaking (and brewing) family. What is your fondest or earliest memory of the winemaking life?

– Growing wine in my family prepared me well for life in the Marine Corps, as dedication, strong work ethic, passion, and early mornings are staples of both. For us, there is a strong emphasis on family, and there always has been. My fondest memory is one of our picking contest that we had when I was 12. At one point, my father, grandfather, and I were all shearing grape clusters together, and there’s nothing cooler than picking grapes with your heroes!

Net proceeds of Jarhead wines are donated to USMC-based charities, primarily the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. What makes the foundation such a great cause?

– The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is an incredible organization that provides scholarships to military children, giving special consideration to the children of fallen Marines. It’s hard to think of a better way to honor the legacy and sacrifice of these Marines than by educating their children. We have worked alongside the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for many years now, and their cause is near and dear to our hearts.

Nick_Crushing


Headlong into Harvest

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The harvest season in the Jarhead Nation always begins with Chardonnay, which is the earliest-ripening grape variety in our family of wines. And this year, the harvest is happening even earlier than usual…

In a so-called “normal” year, we would expect to begin harvesting Chardonnay in early to mid September. This year, however, we will begin picking before the month of August is over.

Indeed, we expect to start harvesting fruit for the 2015 Jarhead Chard within a few days at the Firestone family’s Curtis and Kingsley estate vineyards in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley.

We are not alone. Across the Central Coast, the 2015 harvest is notably early.

So why is that? There are several factors. A mild winter brought a slightly early bud break, which got the growing season going sooner rather than later. Also, after abundant yields over the past several years, the crop loads are smaller this year. And the less grapes the vine has to ripen, the more quickly things go.

The word from the vineyard is that the fruit is nevertheless looking and tasting great. The grapes seem balanced in terms of physiological ripeness, and smaller yields typically translate to rich, concentrated flavors.

So off we go, headlong into the harvest a bit early this year. We look forward to sharing the fruits of our labors with you.


The New Jarhead “Case Card”

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

JHR_CardHere’s something to keep an eye out for at your neighborhood market or wine shop: the new Jarhead Red display card, hot off the presses this week.

Known in the trade as a “case card,” it is designed to slot upright into wine case boxes for in-store display. We kept the main message simple: “A robust red wine made by Marines.” No need to get fancy about it, right?

The card also lets people know that every bottle supports a worthy cause, with net proceeds of all sales going to USMC-based charities, primarily the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

We wanted the design of the case card to be bold yet elegant, just like the wine. We hope you agree that it hits the mark.


Jarhead Red at Camp Pendleton

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Vineyard WestIn addition to being an iconic Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton in California’s San Diego County is home to many Marines who support Jarhead Red.

Indeed, the base is home to several stores that stock our wines, including Beverages, Etc., Seaside Square and Vineyard West.

“Vineyard West is a gorgeous store, it’s something that would fit just fine in Napa Valley,” says John Bagley, the Classic Wines of California sales representative who represents Jarhead Wine Company on the base. Pictured above is a Jarhead endcap display at Vineyard West.

At these stores and others, John finds that buyers and customers alike are intrigued by the Jarhead story, most notably our Marine-centric mission and history.

“I try to spread the word about Jarhead’s substantial support of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation,” John says. “There are a lot of brands out there that bill themselves as charitable, but only some of them really deliver, and Jarhead is one of them. When local Marines and their families learn that Jarhead Red goes to a good cause and raises a lot of funds every year, they really respond to it.”

If you’re ever at Camp Pendleton, keep an eye out for John at one of Vineyard West’s tastings that run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

“I periodically pour Jarhead wines at Vineyard West’s tastings, and it’s an honor to share them with the U.S. Marines there on the base,” he says.