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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


Long Run Nets Big Funds

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

We are excited to report that the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s team of 100+ runners (including Team Jarhead) raised more than $150,000 in scholarship funds at the recent Marine Corps Marathon. Mark your calendars for next year’s marathon!


The Growing Season Begins

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

The new growing season is upon in the Santa Ynez Valley as as we head into the “bud break” period in the weeks ahead.

Bud break occurs when the little buds on the vine break open with the first new growth of the season. From the buds come the shoots that will produce leaves and fruit. Later in the spring, little “flower” clusters appear on the young shoots, initiating a process called “flowering,” whereby the young buds self-pollinate and set the fruit for the upcoming harvest.
It’s almost hard to believe that these tiny leafing buds will, in the span of just six months, yield a large canopy with ripe clusters, and ultimately delivery a hearty, robust red wine like Jarhead Red. Such is the annual magic of winegrowing.