JAQK Cellars is the creation of three people—Craig MacLean, Katie Jain, and Joel Templin—and an idea: do what you love.
When you follow your passion, you pour yourself into it wholeheartedly. Work ceases being work. It becomes something you enjoy, something that feels more like, well, play.
For Craig, there’s nothing he’d rather be doing than walking through vineyards, crumbling clumps of soil in his hands, smelling the air, understanding a particular harvest, and coaxing from it a nectar that’s wonderfully delicious. Katie and Joel share with Craig a passion for wine, but their first love is the world of graphic design. They were drawn to it at an early age and have immersed themselves in it ever since. At their firm, Hatch Design, they craft brand identities, packaging, and communications that not only further their clients’ goals, but make the world a little more beautiful a place for all of us.
And so JAQK Cellars was born. Not so much a business as a blank canvas. Not so much an enterprise for three colleagues as a way for three creative souls to indulge their passions. A way for them to slave away doing what they love till their hearts’ content.
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wait-tucked neatly in a gentleman's vest pocket or in the garter of an attractive gambling
house proprietress... more
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Fortuna, who might be persuaded to tip the scales of fate in your favor. Or not. If you honor
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rabbit's foot, an old coin, a four-leaf clover, a locket, a particular item of clothing, a Buddha
with a nice... more
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four-leaf clover. Ten thousand times more rare than the three-leafed norm, spotting one is an
indication of both luck and a keen eye. It just so happens that these two attributes can bring
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High Roller is JAQK's flagship wine. This delicately crafted Cabernet Sauvignon is made from
100% Napa Valley grapes, harvested by hand to allow our winemaker maximum control during
the crushing and fermentation processes. The wine is aged in French oak casks in the tradition of
the smooth,... more
Dice have been with us a long, long time. Early shamans tossed bones to divine the intent of
the gods. Homer's Iliad mentions Theban dice. The Roman legions passed the time in siege by
rolling dice on the backs of their shields, betting equipment and food. Richard the Lionheart
was a fan of... more