Welcome

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.

Our winemaking philosophy is aligned with the principles of Postmodern Winemaking. We are part of a worldwide courageous cadre of winemakers and growers thoughout the world dedicated to exploring its mysteries. Wine is something ancient and venerated, recognized as sacred in Roman times and long before. But 20th Century ideas have riven the soul from wine and rendered it into 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."

Solution chemistry does not account for wine’s appeal.  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. We look at wine as “liquid music” and our goal is "an opera in the bottle."  At the same time, we have developed many new tools. We are actively engaged in promoting open conversation and full disclosure for practices we employ. 

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 our blog on winemaking technology and leave us your comments and questions.

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 to a small and savvy clientele who enjoy an exclusive window on postmodern winegrowing. 

Tasting is believing. WineSmith wines always harken to European style goals: plush, velvety structure, aromatic integration, mineral depth. When your guests taste WineSmith, we hope the first sip will 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 to be sorry when it's all gone.

Thank you for visiting our site. We invite your comments.