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Jess Koehler

Jess Koehler

I’m the co-owner and winemaker at La Finquita Winery & Vineyard. The team calls me “boss lady,” but you can call me Jess. When I’m not in the winery or vineyard, you’ll probably find me with family and friends, playing at Disneyland or listening to music with delicious food and a glass of bubbles. Say hi the next time you’re at the tasting room. But be forewarned, if you strike up a conversation about a good book, music or a universe like Star Wars or Buffy, we may talk for hours.

Perfect Pairings: Girl Scout Cookies & La Finquita Wine

It’s that wonderful time of year – no, not Christmas (though that’s one of our favorites too!) – it’s the season of Girl Scout Cookies! Now, just about everyone loves these delightful treats, after all, they’re so delicious and who can tell those adorable little girls outside the store “no” when they ask if you’d like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies? We sure can’t.

You’ve probably seen Girl Scout Cookie pairing guides for all sorts of beverages pop up in your social feeds, because believe it or not, cookies DO pair well with things other than milk! We happen to think they pair perfectly with wine…and with this in mind, the La Finquita Team gathered around the center island of the winery house with half a dozen boxes of cookies and 15 bottles of La Finquita wine to painstakingly taste test and experiment on your behalf to create the best La Finquita wine and Girl Scout Cookie pairing guide for your tasting pleasure. A true sacrifice…really.




Needless to say, it was a delightful evening for the team and our tastebuds…and as you might imagine, plenty of shenanigans and laughs ensued. We hope you enjoy these pairings as much as we enjoyed putting them together for you.

As an added bonus, we have some fabulous Girl Scouts who will be at the winery THIS WEEKEND to help supply all of your wine and cookie pairing needs. You can drink wine AND support our local Girl Scouts – it’s win all around! Come try them out and let us know your favorites!


Girl Scouts at La Finquita for all your cookie needs

Saturday, March 2nd: 1p – 4p

Sunday, March 3rd: 12p – 3p


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Cheers and love from #TeamLaFinquita!

Why “A Modern Romance of Wine”?

We’re often asked where our winery tagline comes from, why “A Modern Romance of Wine”? To kick off this month of hearts, chocolate and wine (and our very first blog post!), we thought we’d reveal the story behind the tagline.

It all goes back to a road trip home from Paso Robles with our dear friend Christine after a conference we’d all attended. We were chatting about the conference and marketing, and how we wanted to have some sort of tagline or catch-phrase for the winery, which led to a delightful conversation about our relationship, including how we met and how our love of wine developed.

Wine has had a presence in so much of our relationship, from our 6-month date up to Julian, to our introduction into the industry, to Charlie proposing with etched bottles of tawny port, wine really has been a part of our story. Together, we share a passion for the rich history and tradition of wine and believe that it is integral to the romance of wine.

We came into the wine industry at young ages for anyone who wasn’t born into it, and have the distinction of being the youngest winery owners and winemakers in the Ramona Valley AVA – and among the youngest (if not the youngest first generation at least) in San Diego. This along with our backgrounds in technology and belonging to the infamous “millennial” generation gives us a truly unique and modern perspective on wine and the wine industry.

As the conversation continued, it became clear that we had woven our passions and perspectives together at La Finquita to create our Modern Romance of Wine, and thus our tagline – truly a reflection of our way of life – came to be.