Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard land from Monterey to Mendocino. It was during one of those weekend trips that fate drew Dave to Dry Creek Valley area of Sonoma County. When he saw a rundown 55-acre prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store, Dave realized that he had found his dream location.
He purchased the orchard and began planting the region’s first vines since Prohibition. Captivated by his memories of the wines of the Loire Valley, Dave was determined to plant Sauvignon Blanc. However, several famed vineyard specialists advised him against planting the varietal, which they deemed “inappropriate” for the region. Always looking to push the envelope, Dave planted the varietal anyway and the rest is history. This bold and pioneering step triggered a viticultural reawakening in northern Sonoma County.