Last week, we profiled a lovely couple who discovered J. Lohr, and each other, at a wine event in 2010. They were married on September 21st. This week we are pleased to share another story of a love for J. Lohr that began on a honeymoon 35 years ago and continues to endure today.
Thank you to Robert and Carol Dresser from Monrovia, California for sharing their touching reflection of the importance of wine over clothes…
I have an interesting and amusing story about J. Lohr. My wife and I honeymooned in San Francisco and then in Carmel at the Highlands Inn. It was back in February 1978. At dinner, I ordered a local Mirassou wine and the sommelier informed us that he was out of that particular wine. However, he suggested that he had a J. Lohr wine that he was sure that we would like.
We enjoyed the wine so much that we decided to visit the winery, so we drove back up to San Jose. Wow, reflecting back on the early days of J. Lohr! The winery was very quiet when we walked in. I had the opportunity of meeting with the winemaker, who had just had his first child. He was checking on the wine and made the time to visit with me and discuss the wine that we had enjoyed at dinner. We tried “Jade”, a new wine he was designing that is no longer produced, but which has many happy memories for those of us who discovered J. Lohr in the 70s and 80s. We loved it, and bought four cases of various J. Lohr wines.
Our car was a Mercury Fordor, mid-size, with not a lot of room. I asked my wife if we could ship her clothes back and keep the wine in our car for transport. After all, it was our honeymoon and she wouldn’t need them, and I didn’t want to risk shipping the wine!
Obviously, this story has been told hundreds of times over the past 35 years. It remains one our most vivid memories of that time and place when we discovered J. Lohr and had to make the easy decision of wine taking precedence over clothes. We can’t help but smile whenever we open up a bottle today and reflect back on that first bottle!
Cheers to you, J. Lohr, as you celebrate your 40th! For us, J. Lohr is not about wine. It’s about people, celebrations, and memories.