Welcome to WineSmith. We Smiths offer you skillfully crafted wines which explore traditions outside the mainstream. We've chosen to present ourselves a little differently than most winery websites, because our tiny production interests us in close personal relationships with a limited and knowledgeable clientele who are thirsty for a real connection. Our wine is our personal artisanal expression, not a commodity we mass market.
Yes, we have no Merlot.
We refer to our winemaking philosophy as Practicing GrapeCraft. Our family business, Vinovation, is a school of winemaking cuisine. We are part of a worldwide team of winemakers and vineyard enologists dedicated to spreading innovative winemaking techniques in California and throughout the world.
Wine is something ancient and venerated, recognized as sacred since Roman times. But 20th Century ideas have riven the soul from wine and rendered it a bland commodity. Now we're getting back to what the ancients knew: that living soil matters, that wine integrates its flavors through refined structure, that when it possesses a soul, wine is (as Ben Franklin observed) "proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
GrapeCraft seeks tools that respect the soul of wine. We believe that wine is imbued with visceral power through structural refinement. WineSmith wines strive to speak with a focused voice, to deliver a visceral experience. Our goal is "an opera in the bottle."
WineSmith is where we showcase our best successes. We make almost no wine: always less than 1,000 cases per year.
Much of our wine we share with our winery clients to demonstrate techniques and styles. We sell the rest (mostly in Manhattan) to a small and savvy clientele who enjoy an exclusive window on post-modern winegrowing.
Please: We invite you to become our ally in something unknown in today's world: an honest relationship between consumer and winemaker. Despite the media pressure to conform with some fanciful portrayal of the "traditional" vintner, we are fundamentally opposed to dissembling or hiding our techniques in order to conform to some cartoon image. We dish the dirt! Please visit www.winecrimes.com for a writer's forum on winemaking technology.
Tasting is believing. WineSmith wines always harken to European style goals: plush, velvety structure, aromatic integration, mineral depth. When your guests taste WineSmith, the first sip should carry them away, like pressing the DOWN button on the elevator.
Many California wineries try to "knock your socks off" with wine styles which eschew grace in favor of impact. Not us. After the first taste, you'll probably remain fully clothed. But prepare yourself to be sorry when it's all gone.
Thank you for visiting our site. We invite your comments.