Services have been held for Jacob Raines, who died in an off-road vehicle accident on his family’s Dubost Winery property in California’s Central Coast region earlier this month. He was just 34.
According to Wine & Vines, three passengers sustained mild to moderate injuries in the accident, which occurred on Aug. 20.
Raines was the original winemaker at Dubost, founded by his mother Kate and stepfather Curt on a 320-acre ranch in the Adelaida district where the Dubost family settled more than 90 years ago.
Originally, the Dubosts developed a walnut orchard and planted several hundred olive trees in order to produce olive oil. Raines began planting winegrapes in 2002, and made his first wine in 2003 in a sustainable, straw-built winery.
It was all about artisan winemaking for him, as the winery produced a mere 2,500 cases per year.