Dutcher Crossing wines are meticulously handcrafted. From the selection of special blocks of choice grapes within a vineyard to their small open-top fermenting tanks, their wines receive the hands-on attention required to produce wines of the exceptional quality that exhibit the intense flavors and character of each varietal. Their wines are then aged in American, French or European oak barrels until they are ready for bottling.
Dutcher Crossing’s wine-maker Kerry Damskey specializes in small-lot wine production, his goal is to maximize the assets and uniqueness of each vineyard. At Dutcher Crossing Winery, he and proprietor Debra Mathy have established relationships with esteemed growers in Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys for the winery’s vineyard designated wines—all made from hillside fruit. “It’s the winemaker’s job to articulate a definable style for a wine, but you don’t create an identity—that must come from the grapes,” says Kerry.
A strong advocate of blending, Kerry is advancing a new category in California with his Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah wines. Although the blend has been done for decades in Australia, it is a new concept in California. “The brightness and aromatics of Syrah are the perfect complement to the rich denseness of Cabernet Sauvignon,” said Kerry.
For the sixth consecutive year Los Angeles wine lovers rejoice as LA WineFest the finest grape festival returns June 11-12. But this year has expanded in every way possible for the purpose of audience enjoyment. The two-day festival will feature over 550 wine, spirits and brews, along with multiple classes to learn about your favorites from the masters, music, entertainment and more foodoptions to balance your palate.