Widely acknowledged as a true wine pioneer, David Ramey’s efforts over the years have helped raise the bar for all American winemakers, and brought California to the forefront of the international wine world. His groundbreaking work with indigenous yeasts and malolactic and barrel fermentation techniques yielded a new California wine style that was richer, more lush and silky smooth – creating a benchmark now emulated by winemakers throughout the state.
David helped establish a number of wineries now considered exceptional: Chalk Hill, Matanzas Creek, Dominus Estate and Rudd Estate. Today, David makes his own wines under the name Ramey Wine Cellars and continues to consult for a number of wineries. “Working with Tom Klein and the Rodney Strong team is such a pleasure because of their total dedication to wine quality,” he says. “Couple that with their outstanding vineyards in the eastern hills of Alexander Valley and you have a truly winning combination.”