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Jack Tar

Jack Tar Paso Robles

From the hills of Paso comes this tale, a journey of time and space
It speaks from the vineyards that give it life, creating fruit that has found its place

Among a landscape of life and toil, this wine will surely command
Attention thanks to its thoughtful grace and crafted with a tender hand

Though by no means condemned, we wander the world, telling our story of the vine,
expressing the wonders that come from the sun and bestow upon land its shine
We imbibe, we dine, we share in this life, as it beckons to us from the deep,
And this liquid that hails from the Central Coast is one that we pray you keep.

Jack Tar is a journey of time and place told through the tale of the bottle. An homage to Samuel Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, our wines are a tribute to the time-honored tradition of stewarding the land and braving the elements to produce wines of character that are rooted in story. Every vintage is its own adventure, and every wine tells a tale that we hope to be etched in the memory of those that revel in its message.

Britt Richards

Britt Richards Winemaker

Britt (Nichols) Richards has always had her sights set on winemaking. After graduating from CSU Fresno in 2007, she made her way to Napa to do an internship at Chappellet Winery where she met her now husband Ry Richards. From there, she did stints at Jordan Winery and Keller Estate before settling down at Peter Michael Winery.

After several years, Britt decided to expand her winemaking knowledge, working at St. Clement, Ledson Winery, and with acclaimed consulting winemaker Philippe Melka. She rejoined forces with Phillip Titus in 2014 to work on Coho for several years. As winemaker for Altruria, Jack Tar and Recoltant wines, Britt takes a minimalist approach to winemaking.

"It’s so exciting for me to make wines from myriad California terroirs," Britt says, "from the dense and lush Recoltant Napa Cabernet, to the structured and powerful Altruria Sonoma Cabernet, to the luscious Jack Tar Cab from the rolling hills of Paso. These vineyards and fruit couldn’t be more distinct. In general I have a firm belief in the purity of the wines, and enhancing what is already there, which allows the fruit to shine."