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Our Winemaker, Dave Harvey

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 isn’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!