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.