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Jarhead Red – Santa Barbara, California

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Jarhead Red was conceived in 1999 as a celebratory bottling for the annual Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Birthday Ball in Los Angeles. Since the founding of the Marine Corps on November 10, 1775, at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Marines have gathered on this date and toasted their comrades present and absent, and the future of the USMC. Over the years, the wine gained a following by word of mouth and was enjoyed at Birthday Balls around the country. To meet this growing demand, the wine was released for distribution, with net proceeds benefiting the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

Jarhead Red was conceived by Adam Firestone (CAPT USMC 1984-91) and vineyard foreman Ruben Dominguez (SGT USMC 1979-84). It is a robust, Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine with rich black fruit flavors.

What is Jarhead Red?

Jarhead Jarhead Red is a wine made by Marines, for Marines on Californiaís Central Coast. The current vintage is a robust, full-bodied 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers flavors of plum, cassis and black currant with fine tannins on the finish. It is aged in French oak barrels for eight months. Follow-on vintages will be Bordeaux based (i.e. principally Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.)

Is there a Jarhead rosé?

No. While Marines might drink a rose’ they aren’t likely to admit it.

Net proceeds from Jarhead Red benefit the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, which provides educational assistance to children of U.S. Marines, with special attention given to children of fallen Marines. Visit for more information.

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2 Responses to “Jarhead Red – Santa Barbara, California”

  1. C. W. Hormell (Sgt) Says:

    Served June’68 to June’72
    Our local VFW had a celebration
    on the 10th for the Marines. Nine
    of us Marines shared a bottle of your wine. First time we had heard of your
    product. Enjoyed it very much. Keep
    up the fine work.
    OOH RAH, Semper Fi.
    C.W. Hormell
    ( Mid West. Ohio)

  2. Josh Says:

    What store locations carry this brand in souther California?

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