Your Walla Walla Washington specialist
You freed a powerhouse Washington winemaker – Dave Harvey is quite the catch.
With your backing, he's combing the state – from the Columbia Valley river basin to southern Walla Walla – to make Northwest classics (and seriously shocking red blends, too... like his signature GSMmm Syrah!)
He's already clinched a Decanter award for the “Best Rhone varietal wine in the world.” Mark our words - now that Dave has Angel funding, that’s just a drop in the bucket.
I was born and raised in Eastern Washington, where I live and make wine today. My parents were both musicians, so by default I spent much time playing my trombone. In college I studied retail management, and of course played in several musical groups. After college I dabbled in winemaking as a side job until I was able to land a full-time position in 1994.
I think I became a winemaker because my Dad made wine as I was growing up. I found that making wine and making music aren’t really that different. Both require a similar approach and thought process. By working nights and weekends early in my career I found I had a very, very good palate and some natural ability at making wine. I also enjoy the outdoors, so I've never (ever) minded being paid to spend my day in a vineyard.
I have always worked in small wineries, so “hands on” is an understatement. I only spend time in the office when it’s a requirement (and thanks to Angels, that requirement is less and less!)
What I love about winemaking is the fact that no two days are ever the same. Making wine requires a variety of skills in a small winery, from chemistry to marketing, and there's never a dull moment – just exciting challenges.
A long time ago, a winemaker I was working with told me “Dave – it’s a Chardonnay/Merlot world out there." With that attitude... I just had to start working with Rhone varietals like Syrah. And I never stopped.
I couldn’t do any of this without Angels' help, so thank YOU.
...and get ready. It’s time to paint the world in Washington wine!
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