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The Story of Screaming Chief

Screaming Chief is the pride of Jeff and Denise Bowman. Jeff, who  retired as Fire Chief of Anaheim and then San Diego, is now “Co-Chief”  with Denise of the Bowmans’ estate JD Vineyard in the gentle, rolling  hills of northwest Escondido, where the long, mild growing season and  mineral-rich soil provide ideal conditions for Malbec and Cabernet Franc  to thrive on the vines. The grapes are tended by hand, and after  harvest, the wine is handcrafted just a stone’s throw away at Belle  Marie Winery, a family-run boutique operation that is one of Southern  California's most respected wine producers.   The name, “Screaming Chief,” is a tribute to firefighting in the 19th  century. Without the luxury of radios and other modern electronic tools,  a fire ground commander of the period would shout his orders through a  “speaking trumpet,” so he was referred to as a “Screaming Chief.” With  the Grand Cuvée, however, the only scream is that which comes after  the joy of finishing a glass of this exquisite wine… when Screaming for  more Chief!   Screaming Chief is our passion. We put our hearts and souls into the  vineyard, sparing neither time nor expense to ensure that our grapes  ripen to their fullest potential, The same care and passion continues at  the winery, where Mick Dragoo and Jeff Lazenby craft wines that are  among the finest we have ever enjoyed.    
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