Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Whitcraft Winery in Wine Enthusiast

Based out of Santa Barbara, Drake Whitcraft of Whitcraft Winery has been making benchmark wines from single vineyard sites around the Central Coast. Matt Kettmann, writing for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, has published a number of outstanding scores, as well as designating two of Whitcraft's wines as "Editors' Choice."

When Drake Whitcraft took over the family winery in 2007 (the winery was founded two decades before, in 1985 by his parents, Chris and Kathleen) his goal was to make balanced Central Coast wine of purity, honesty, and finesse. Because he grew up within the culture of wine and California winemaking, he was perpetually under the tutelage of both his father and friend Burt Williams, founder of the legendary Williams-Selyem winery in Sonoma. During a two year stint in Australia working at Green Vineyards with first generation Italo-Australian and biodynamic guru Sergio Carlei, he got a good taste of certain practices he wanted to implement, not only in the vineyard and winery but also on the business side. Now Drake is vinifying with the same old school techniques his dad used (hand-harvesting, foot-pressing etc, no added enzymes or coloration) and with much veneration to Mother Nature herself.

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