Wednesday, February 15, 2006

"Devin"

Eight Walla Walla Valley winemakers have come together to create a wine called "Devin." This special wine honors Devin Derby, a winemaker at his family's Spring Valley Vineyards and Winery, who died in a car crash in late 2004. The 190-case blend of Syrah and Merlot is from the 2003 vintage and was made by Eric Dunham (Dunham Cellars), Marie-Eve Gilla (Forgeron Cellars), Ron Coleman (Tamarack Cellers), Chuck Reininger (Reininger Winery), Myles Anderson (Walla Walla Vintners), Charles Smith (K Vintners), Christophe Baron (Cayuse Vineyards) and Northstar Winery.

Proceeds from the wine will benefit Devin's wife, Mary Derby and their son, Simon. The wine will retail for $55 per bottle. To order, call 509-529-4685. The Waterfront Grill in Seattle will be putting on a special dinner, Feb. 23 to showcase this wine. The participating winemakers will be in attendance. Cost is $150. Call 206-956-9179 to reserve your seat.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Catie,

We come over annually for the Holiday Tasting event and heard some disturbing news last year - the remaining family at Spring Valley has basically disowned Mary and Simon. This event seems to add credence to that in that Spring Valley Vineyards was absent in participating in this event.

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Catie said...

You know my name, but I am at a disadvantage since you are "anonymous." You spoke of credence, yet I believe that names give credence to "news" such as this. However, I am terribly sorry that you had to hear such disturbing news. I have no comment on this news for three reasons:
1. Their family business is none of my business;
2. There is an old saying that when it comes to relationships there are two sides to every story; but most of all
3. I know nothing and prefer it that way.

I don't understand why Spring Valley Vineyard not being represented at the Feb 2006 Devin event would add credence to the "disturbing news." Especially when Spring Valley was purchased from the family by the Chateau Ste. Michelle corporation in July 2005 - almost nine months before this event was held.

What I do know is that last week I visited with Serge LaVille, winemaker for Spring Valley. Serge told of the love that Devin had for the land and the talents that both Devin and Mary brought to Spring Valley. After sampling the wines last week, Serge is continuing the love and the craftsmanship of those beautiful wines.

I hope you won't miss an opportunity to taste them.

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