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April 8th, 2021

Jay James Appointed Vice President Sales

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is pleased to announce the appointment of Master Sommelier, Jay James to Vice President, Sales. Mr. James will also join the Joseph Phelps leadership team and in his new role assume responsibility of strategic sales positioning and growth both in the United States and internationally.

Most recently, James served as Vice President and General Manager at Larkmead Vineyards, after serving as Director of Sales at Chappellet Winery for several years. James brings an extensive background in wholesale management, wine education and hospitality to his new Vice President, Sales role.

“We are elated to welcome Jay,” stated Clarice Turner, President of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. “His knowledge and experience within the wine industry are a strategic match for our winery.”

A Master Sommelier since 1997, Jay James was the opening Director of Wine for The Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, which he led to become the world’s most successful hotel wine program of that time. Often featured in national print and broadcast media as well as many wine and food events, James serves as Co-Chairman of SommFoundation (The Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation), aiding sommeliers and other wine professionals with educational advancement. Jay studied Organizational Psychology at Georgia Tech and Jazz Performance (guitar) at Georgia State University.

Please join all of us here at Joseph Phelps Vineyards in welcoming Jay to the team!

Jay James Appointed Vice President Sales