I am LIVING the DREAM by
having an opportunity to create and share quality wines that promote the NCW wine-growing region.
The wine spark was lit after dining with Robert Mondavi at one
of his hosted dinner/jazz concerts at Mondavi Winery in 1983. Buoyed by his suggestion to pursue an education in winemaking,
I earned a degree in Fermentation Science/ Enology from the University of California, Davis. From there, I have had the blessing
of spending over a decade working in wineries throughout Washington and California, including Arbor Crest Wine Cellars in
Spokane, WA.. For 18 months I had the unique opportunity of researching the production of wines and brandies while living
in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, one of the oldest wine making regions in the world. This brought me a joy of understanding
the value of wine as an essential element of lifestyle.
Two experiences enhanced my passion for wine and the stylistic
possibilities. Firstly, for nearly 4 years, I managed the wine program at the highly acclaimed Canlis Restaurant in Seattle.
The wine menu's breadth and diversity in domestic and international wines introduced me to a world of flavors I would otherwise
not be able to afford. Secondly, as Director of Winemaking Operations of the Monterey Wine Company, I learned new techniques
of winemaking from over a dozen high profile clients and from our own introduction of high technology approaches.
Thank you for sharing my dream....
Alan Yanagimachi, Winemaker/Owner