From the halls of Montezuma to Inchon to Fallujah, the United States Marine Corps have proved themselves to be the meanest, toughest, most resourceful warriors on the planet and it is an honor for me to be able to claim the title as I served from 1985-89.
Fortunately for us, Marines who use to work at and own Firestone Vineyards are continuing to meet the challenge of the tradition by producing “Jarhead Red.”
I flew down to Santa Barbara a couple months ago, rented a car and drove out to the wine country where I visited Fess Parker and Curtis Winery, which I had been to before many years ago. I brought back a few bottles of “Jar Head Red” and enjoyed on the following evening at dinner with some friends.
It is a tasty blend of Cabernet and Merlot made which use to be distributed by Firestone Vineyard’s own Adam Firestone, a former Marine Corps Captain (1984-91) and vineyard foreman Ruben Dominguez (SGT USMC 1979-84). However the winery has been sold and so now it is available only at Curtis Winery and at other wholesale distributors.
Jarhead Red was conceived in 1999 as a celebratory bottling for the annual Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Birthday Ball in Los Angeles. Since the founding of the Marine Corps on November 10, 1775, at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Marines have gathered on this date and toasted their comrades present and absent, and the future of the USMC. Over the years, the wine gained a following by word of mouth and was enjoyed at Birthday Balls around the country. To meet this growing demand, the wine was released for distribution, with net proceeds benefiting the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.