Jason is the newest partner of Scale Wine Group, having joined the team after spending nearly a decade working with some of the world’s most highly-regarded California producers, including Harlan Estate, Bond Estates, Promontory and, most recently, Dana Estates as Director of Sales and Marketing.
His career with wine began in Hawaii, where he first tasted an older bottling of Domaine de la Romanée Conti and gained experience working for both Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants as well as restaurants in Honolulu.
In the early 2000’s, Jason moved to Napa Valley, where he managed the beverage program at Thomas Keller’s one-star Michelin bistro, Bouchon, and later took over as the wine director for Redd just down the street in Yountville, Calif.
Jason earned the coveted title of Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2011, and since then he has become one of the most respected sommeliers and wine educators in the world. While working his way towards this achievement, he was recognized as the Top New Somm at TOP|SOMM in 2010 and Best New Sommelier by Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2009. He was also awarded the Rudd Scholarship and the first-place prize at the 2009 National Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Sommelier National Finals.
In addition to his role with Scale Wine Group, Jason is also a partner in Band of Vintners, a Napa Valley wine project producing Cabernet Sauvignon founded by seven of the county’s most notable tastemakers.
Before immersing himself into the hospitality industry, Jason graduated from Hawai’i Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Marketing.