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New Winemaker at Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards


Wednesday 2 March, 2022 (Pittsburg, TX.) — We are pleased to announce that have found the person that we believe will take our wines to the next level and beyond. He was selected from a list of candidates from Argentina, France, Italy, Chile, Portugal, California, Washington, and Oregon.  Every candidate brought unique skills and insights in our discussions, but our selection melded both what we were looking for in the future as well as a passion for winemaking that fit perfectly with our vision.  Our winemaker is a Texas native, born and raised in Dallas and moved to Napa Valley where he perfected the craft for the last 20 years before bringing that knowledge back home to Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards.

We would like to introduce Jason Moore from Modus Operandi Cellars as our new Winemaker!

Jason was born and raised in Dallas, TX where he fell in love with wine in his teenage years while working as a waiter in the city’s fine dining restaurants.

After a quick year in real estate at the age of 21, Jason realized that his passion was in wine, and more specifically, his lofty aspiration was to become a winemaker in Napa Valley. With the approval of his girlfriend, they eloped in secret, sold everything they owned, and drove cross country to pursue Jason’s dream of attending UC Davis’ Oenology & Viticulture program and starting a winery. However, after living in Davis for a few months and meeting and talking with students in the program, he realized that Davis wasn’t a good fit for him personally. It was too theory based as his learning style was “hands on”, like his father who was a carpenter… a tradesman. So, he took it upon himself to teach himself, reading every winemaking book he could find. So, at that point, he had the theory, he had just never actually made wine… 

So, with no formal education in winemaking, Jason honed his craft in the garage of an elderly vineyard owner in Napa that he had fortuitously met at a wine tasting. He grew the grapes, Jason made the wine, and they split the wine on bottling day. 

In 2004 at the age of 26, Jason officially started his professional winemaking career by launching Modus Operandi Cellars & Vicarious Wines with 200 cases of Napa Cabernet. Since then, Jason has grown the winery to over 3,000 cases selling 90+ percent direct to consumer with little to no advertising. 

His wines have been poured at a historic White House State Dinner, they’ve been written into a Michael Connelly novel The Black Box and have consistently scored in the mid to high 90’s by Parker, Dunnuck, Galloni, Suckling, and other major critics. 

We could not be happier to have Jason join the team and continue to build on our 20+ year success as a Texas Winery and help take us to the next level of wine.

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