Dutcher Crossing Winery
With movie star good looks and charisma to match, Kerry Damskey could easily be the leading man in a movie about wine and winemaking (now, there's an idea!), but he simply chooses to "live the life." When asked what he does for fun he replies "I work - that's what I do."
Dutcher Crossing Winery in Healdsburg's Dry Creek Valley is just one of Kerry's clients and I can tell you first-hand, the wines are fabulous (and the tasting room and surrounding grounds are pretty spectacular, too!). I had the pleasure of tasting a handful of Kerry's carefully handcrafted wines at Dutcher Crossing and my favorites were:
2007 Chardonnay, Stuhmuller Vineyard, $34: Aromas of baked apple, cinnamon, lemon cream and a hint of buttered toast delight the nose and continue as flavors through the plush, juicy mouth. Long, delicious finish. Kerry has been making wine with grapes from the Stuhmuller Vineyard for many, many years.
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Taylor Reserve, $41: This wine is a luscious mouthful of yum! Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, black cherry and cigar box meld perfectly and linger through the finish.
I first met Kerry and Daisy about 15 years ago at the Healdsburg Boys & Girls Club. Our boys are the same age, so we ran into each other frequently doing the kid-drop-off-and-pick-up thing. They are the sort of couple with a smile and a hug for everyone, and it seems that they know everyone in town! That's a lot of smiles and hugs! Kerry and Daisy have always been involved in local charity work, and were on the Geyserville school board for many years.
Kerry is an international wine consultant (International wine man of mystery?). Through his winemaking consulting practice, Terroirs, he supervises custom winegrowing, winemaking and vineyard acquisition. In addition to California and Washington, Kerry consults for wineries in India, China and Bulgaria. Along with the international man of wine mystery stuff, he and his lovely wife Daisy own and run Terroirs Artisan Wines in downtown Geyserville. He's a busy guy. And he absolutely loves what he does.
With more than 25 years of winemaking experience, a B.S. in fermentation sciences from the University of California, Davis and having graduated from the intensive program for small business at Stanford University School of Business (not to mention crafting scads of gold and silver medal winning wines), Kerry Damskey is the real deal as a winemaker and consultant. And he's a really nice guy.
For more information about Kerry Damskey and Dutcher Crossing Winery, visit www.dutchercrossingwinery.com