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Do yourself a favor and google “J Maki Winery Reviews.” They are all scathing and eerily similar. Here is mine: RUDE RUDE RUDE!!!! I COULD HAVE BEEN MUGGED AND FELT LESS LIKE I WAS STOLEN FROM!!!!! We were here several years ago, and had an “okay” experience with the woman. At the time, she was at least friendly to us, albeit pompous. This past weekend we were on our way back from Pittsburgh and figured we would stop in since it was on our way back home. The view is amazing, but as you pull in the first sign of rudeness is the sign that says “Private Property: Wine Buyers Only.” I got a bad vibe and we should’ve left then!!!! Now when we visited several years ago we remembered they had had a dog in the tasting room. We had our dog in the car with us. Considering we had just drove in from Pittsburgh and considering we had seen a dog IN the tasting room before, and considering we were about to spend money, we figured a little explanation would at least allow us to stand inside with our dog long enough to taste some overpriced wine and decide which one we were going to waste our money on. WRONG! I waited outside with the dog and sent my husband in to try to talk to the owner and see what we were allowed to do. The man was there this time, and he wouldn’t even look up at or acknowledge my husband when he walked in because his pompous self was too busy talking to other clients – so I waited out in the car with the dog since it was literally 90 degrees. I left my dog outside and went in for a second to use the restroom – again, I had just spent 5 hours in the car – and the owner literally glared at me the whole time. By the time he finally acknowledged my husband he said no we were absolutely not allowed in the winery with the dog. Don’t know if he’s just pompous or has social anxiety disorder. He then tells my husband that their dog is only allowed in their because he’s their “worker dog” and he chases all the deer away. Okaaaay – so a “worker dog” means it magically doesn’t shed in the tasting room??? WTH does that have to do with anything? And let me tell you – I sat outside and pet that dog when it slowly meandered/limped outside and then plopped down on the sidewalk and didn’t move . . . that dog is a sweetheart alright, but I can’t imagine that dog chasing deer away with any more efficiency than a snail! So they don’t tell you the prices of any of the wines that you are tasting, but they DO tell you you have to pay an outrageous $20 for the tasting if you don’t buy anything. Well their wines are so gross I’m SURE no one would buy their wines if they didn’t have this dumb rule! Hard to tell if you like their wines or not since they pour you less than one drop of wine to taste. So my husband “tastes” some wines, has to CALL ME on my cell phone as I’m standing outside because remember I’m not allowed back inside now, decides to buy 2 wines he’s barely tasted just to get the heck out of that awkward and uncomfortable situation, only to find out at check out that it’s 80-freaking-dollars. My husband paid it – you can be sure I was NOT thrilled with him when he came back to the 90 degree car and told me that! DO NOT GO HERE!!!! We get home that night and he gives me the white to try – I literally almost spit it out it was so gross. We spent the rest of the night drinking a $4.99 bottle of wine that was imported ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN from Australia and was exponentially better than the wine from J. Maki.
Well, my wife and I just left that winery, I won’t even dignify them by mentioning their name, and it now costs $30.00 to taste their lousy wines. Yes, the thimble amount of wine that the “man with the personality of a slug pours”, you can’t tell if the wine is good or bad. Yes, we bought a bottle of wine just so we did’t feel like we were being robbed! We used to love this winery when it was French Creek Winery, now they are pompous and pretentious, bragging about how they ship wine to California and Florida. Are you kidding me, we have been to Napa and Sonoma and New York also, we never paid $30.00 to taste anywhere. And those wineries have personality and GOOD WINE! Don’t worry, we will never go back!
Could not agree with the other reviews more! I just wish I read them before I went to this craphole and save myself 60 bucks! My husband and I met up with another couple there and packed a picnic basket which is normal for a winery… at least so we thought. The pour size could not have been smaller if they tried and I had to laugh several times as the wine wench quickly pulled the wine bottle back upright after about 2 drips. They didn’t even have a pourer, my guess is because it might have given more than 1/2 a teaspoon of wine. The amount they give you is not even enough where you have to swallow. Who does this?? Well, this is the first winery I have ever been to where they charge you an arm and a leg to try wine that you really don’t get enough of to even sample if you like it or not. Pathetic! Anyhoo, after we were ripped off we figured we might as well enjoy our picnic snacks with our expensive crappy wine to find out we not only aren’t allowed to open the wine bottle on the premises, but also we couldn’t sit down to enjoy our munchies. What an effing rip off! The only thing we walked away with is a story which I hope saves someone a trip. From there we went into town to the village to a sampling room which was fantastic! Not only was she personable and gave the pour you expect, but she genuinely enjoyed what she was doing. Will be back there for sure!
Don’t waste your time. The owner is rude. The wine is .way overpriced.
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