Jeff Ames was born in West Germany, but his youth was soundly rooted in the Memphis blues, and to this day he retains a Southern accent. In the mid-90s, while working on a PhD in History, Jeff caught the wine bug. He had a summer job working in wine retail, and he found he not only liked wines, but wanted to know what made them taste different from year-to-year and vineyard-to-vineyard. It was not long before he had tasted a vast number of great international wines, and began working in every aspect of the business: sales (WineBid.co), writing (Decanter), travel (and tasting with Claude Dugat and other greats in Burgundy), finally settling into his first crush in Oregon with vintner Rex Hill. In 2001, Jeff moved to the Napa Valley to work with veteran winemaker Thomas Brown, who became his mentor. Along the way, Jeff has worked as assistant winemaker at Schrader, Maybach, Outpost, and yes, Tor Kenward Family Wines, alongside Thomas. Jeff's attention to detail, skills, knowledge, and experienced palate made him the ideal choice as head winemaker for TOR Kenward Family Wines in 2003.