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Dewitt Family Wines Llc.

Winery

United States

07/08/2013

A passion for wine began in the 1970’s with producers such as; Lancers, Blue Nun and Mateus. As our wine experience moved into the 1980’s we began to enjoy wines from California like; Inglenook, RM-Robert Mondavi, Sebastiani and Paul Masson. However; our most memorable experience was with a 1976 Silver Oak, North Coast, Cabernet Sauvignon, made by the late, Justin Meyer. It was this experience that identified Cabernet Sauvignon as “King.”

Wine making, for the DeWitt’s, began in 1994. Our proximity to South Philadelphia, home of the Italian “home brew” provided us with resources for home winemaking. Mentored by Ed’s long-time Barber and friend, Francis Gigliotti, a passion for winemaking began. In addition, Ed took classes at the Philadelphia Wine School, operated by Keith Wallace, a well know wine critic and educator. Volunteer work, at two New Jersey wineries, added to the knowledge base with hands-on experience. These activities were followed by trips to N. Nevada, our current home, coordinated with visits to Napa and Sonoma County. Private tours and tastings with renowned wine makers helped us cultivate our skills. After moving to Nevada in 2006 and making two vintages, at a small winery in N. Nevada, we networked our way into California. With the assistance of our grape grower, Ron Siegemund (aCURE eSTATE) we were introduced to Michall Pendleton, owner and winemaker at Pendleton Estate Winery. Michall, graciously, welcomed us to the land of Artisan Winemaking. Michall, too, had learned his craft by working at local wineries and soaking up knowledge along the way. We produced our first three vintages at Pendleton.

We continue to control all aspects of our wine business. We work with our growers to maximize the quality of our fruit. We transport, at harvest, to the winery and oversee the entire fermentation process. We select our own commercial yeasts and nutrients to be used for each varietal. We select and buy our oak from Barrel Builders of St. Helena, CA. We use a combination of new and used oak. We use Pennsylvania American Oak for our aCURE wine, French Oak for our Pinot Noir and 26.4. We coordinate the bottling schedule with Medlock Ames, yearly. We buy our cork and capsules from Lafitte Cork & Capsule of Napa, CA. Our glass is American made and bottles are now silk screen printed by Monvera Glass Décor of Richmond, CA. Our wine is truly Artisan as we use no bulk wine or chemical enhancers. We will produce just over 700 cases for our 2017 vintage, with continued plans to grow yearly. We hope you continue to enjoy our wines as much as we have enjoyed making them for you.

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