James St. Clair
James earned his M.S. in Viticulture and Enology in 2006, winning a full teaching assistantship from Washington State University, Tri Cities campus. Starting at Silver Lake Winery as Lab and Viticulture Technician in 2009, James worked his way up to Enologist & Viticulturist, then on to Assistant Winemaker. In 2012, James became the Winemaker for Leone, Glen Fiona, and Roza Hills Vineyard labels and in 2013 he became head Winemaker for the entire line of Silver Lake wines, while maintaining his role as Viticulturist of the 265 acres under the Silver Lake umbrella. With the desire to explore his own creativity in winemaking, James teamed up with family and handful of close friends in 2011 to form a wine-making cooperative called “The Clusters”, focusing on Red Bordeaux varietals and sourcing the best grapes from the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. And in 2017, James and Jaime partnered to form GFW, LLC (Good Friends Wine) and produced their first Vinocluster Chardonnay from Jaime's Conley Vineyard in the Columbia Valley AVA. James also managed 6 acres of Chardonnay grapes in the Roza Hills Vineyards for Charles Smith's winemaker, which goes into their Sixto label dedicated exclusively to making world class Chardonnay.