Sonoma County Roots, Sonoma County Wines (mostly)

We at Jus Soli like roots. Roots music. The book and miniseries. The root language. Even root vegetables. But most of all we draw inspiration from our shared Sonoma County roots. Jus Soli – wines and people with a distinct sense of place.

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Current Releases

2008 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Gold Medal 2011 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

2008 Windsor Oaks Vineyard Zinfandel

Gold Medal 2011 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

2008 Madder Lake Vineyard Zinfandel

Gold Medal 2011 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Gold Medal 2011 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

2009 Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Silver Medal 2011 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

2008 Romano Vineyard Syrah

Best of Class 2011 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

2008 Roots Red

Gold Medal 2011 Sonoma County Harvest Fair

2007 Windsor Oaks Syrah

Gold Medal 2011 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

The Ties and Knots That Bind Us

Tom and Mike grew up next door to each other in Santa Rosa back when kids roamed the streets freely and enjoyed many an afternoon catching scorpions in the old barn at Tom’s family vineyard in Oakville. Mike is married to Jesse’s sister Cory. Then Jesse married Mike’s sister Judy. It’s all perfectly legal.

Jesse has also assisted Tom with his family label, Detert Family Vineyards, and various other consulting projects. Detert produces ridiculously good Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon from grapes grown on the aforementioned Oakville property.

In keeping with the changing mood of the times, Tom, Mike and Jesse’s kids are prohibited from catching scorpions.

Jus Soli Philosophy

We believe that the concept of terroir applies to people in addition to wine and, relatedly, we think of our wines as an expression of home. We believe in maximizing value while minimizing environmental impact. We enjoy Galileo's quote that "wine is a compound of light and humor". We don’t take kindly to wine culture snootiness but oddly enough, usually agree with beer snobbery.

We don't yet own our facility or vineyards or have a tasting room. We realize that makes us pretty hard to find so many thanks for helping us spread the word. And lastly, while we acknowledge that the Latin name thing is a bit obscure, who out there wants to argue with toasting a glass of wine with the phrase “Sanitas Bona”? More good mental health to us all...


Tom started his career in the wine industry at Wine Spectator magazine where he spent five years as the West Coast Tasting Coordinator. Aside from writing about the California wine industry and managing the tasting department, he also had the opportunity to taste nearly every wine being made in California.

After realizing that making wine is more fulfilling than writing about it, Tom left to work for Turley Wine Cellars in St. Helena. That began a five year apprentice tour which took him through Joseph Phelps Winery and Robert Mondavi Winery. Along the way Tom launched Detert Family Vineyards from grapes grown on his family's vineyard in Oakville. Then in 2002, the collective effort of Jus Soli Winery emerged.

Along with his winemaking duties at Jus Soli and Detert Family, Tom is also the assistant winemaker and general manager of Revana Family Vineyard in St. Helena. There he works under winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett, whom he considers the greatest of a string of great teachers/winemakers that he has worked with.

Jesse Wurtzel

Jesse thought long and hard about an appropriate title for himself. He recently came up with Winemonger, since that describes what he does for much of the year. Mong wine. He is also our assistant winemaker and might try out some paperwork this year. And did you know that Wurtzel means “root” in German?

Mike O’Donnell

General Manager, which means he is usually sequestered in a small office in his garage running day to day operations at incredibly high efficiency. If your order takes too long, that’s undoubtedly the shipping company to blame and if no one answers your e-mail promptly, well clearly the whole internet is down. Mike also maintains this website with his cohort Jeremy Britton and is an expert at cheerful-yet-ever-so-slightly-menacing letters to delinquent accounts.

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