By Kori ~ June 29th, 2009.
Recently during Vintage Walla Walla weekend, we had the opportunity to sit down for a nice visit with owner/winemaker Dave Stephenson of Stephenson Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington. While Stephenson Cellars, founded in 2001, is located in the Walla Walla airport complex, Dave recently moved his tasting room to downtown Walla Walla.
Mom (LaGayle) and Dad (John) first discovered Stephenson Cellars when they visited Walla Walla on their cross-country road trip in the spring of 2008. Since then, we have had Stephenson Cellars wines on numerous occasions. We continue to be impressed with the overall quality of the wines, and most importantly in today’s economy, their high QPR ratings across the board. While Stephenson Cellars currently produces five wines (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Red Wine, and Viognier), Syrah is Dave’s specialty.
Dave was kind enough to answer our questions on a variety of topics, from how he got started to why he keeps his vineyard sources under wraps to why he moved his tasting room downtown. As you’ll see from the video, Dave has a laid back personality, but don’t let that fool you, he is a hard-working, talented winemaker. He knows how to identify great fruit and turn it into outstanding wine.
Here are some key clips from our interview:
Filed under: American Wine, Interview, Video, Washington State Wine