Jennifer Hoage

Jennifer Hoage

TH Estate Wines (Winemaker & Proprietor)

Jennifer Hoage’s passion for food and wine was instilled early in life while she was growing up in New Orleans. Her mother, who worked in several prestigious kitchens there, introduced her to the restaurant scene. Jennifer’s artistic passion – she was one of the first graduates of the New Orleans Center for the Arts High School – led her to Paris at age18 to study corporal mime under master mime, Etienne Decroux. While living in Paris, she was exposed to wines from her host family’s Bordeaux property, which cemented her love of food and wine.

When she returned to New Orleans, she took a position with New Orleans Magazine to head its food and wine division and immediately developed the wine section to include educational material as well as meaningful reviews. Jennifer’s knowledge and expertise have been experientially learned and are based on a hands-on approach to cooking and winemaking.

In 2002, Jennifer and her husband, Terry, purchased their property on Arbor Road in Paso Robles, and Jennifer was once again immersed in artistic creativity. She runs the blending and oak programs for their winery, pulling from her experiences growing up in New Orleans, her first experiences with French wines, and her extensive experiences guiding the food and wine selection for New Orleans Magazine.

Her approach to winemaking is one of minimalism, tying her passion for old-world wines with the unique and powerful terroir of the Paso Robles AVA. Her wines show a wonderful balance of old-world complexity with the exuberance and concentration of new-world possibilities. Robert Parker extended an unwittingly meaningful compliment to Jennifer upon reviewing her first cuvee submitted for his review by stating if he had not known the origin of the wine, he would have thought he was tasting wines from a premiere property in Chateauneuf du Pape. Among other wines and varietals, Jennifer produces Grenache and Syrah. New to the TH Wine Estates portfolio is the Decroux label, also vinified by Jennifer, which will be introduced in 2016. Decroux wines, named in honor of the French corporeal mime Etienne Decroux, not unlike their namesake, will seek to exhibit finesse and elegance in the essence of existence.