President of Medlock Ames
Born in New York City, Jim quickly escaped to a small town north on the Hudson River where he spent his formative years fishing, exploring, and trying to get lost in the woods. At 11, his family moved to the New Jersey suburbs where, no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t get lost in the woods; they were not big enough. He spent the second half of his youth playing sports and longing for his version of Walden Pond.
At 21, while traveling through the west with everything he owned packed in a lime green AMC Hornet, he ran out of money in Healdsburg in 1976. As fate would have it, among the vines of Alexander Valley and starry nights, Jim found his Walden Pond and lived for the next twelve years. He has managed Restaurants and Inns including Souverain, Madrona Manor, and Domaine Chandon as well as managing multiple Direct to Consumer operations, including Mumm Napa, Gary Farrell, Buena Vista, and Clos du Bois. His experiences tasting, selling and making wine, planting and tending vineyards, hospitality, and management led him to his current position as President of Medlock Ames. Life has turned out even better than he expected. Jim found his Walden Pond again on his wooded vineyard property near Mark West Springs Lodge where he raised two great kids, Alyssa and Justin, and lives with his wife of more than 30 years, Donna.