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eeting Kerry Damskey, in this quick video series,

begins the process of peeling away successful layers of what it takes to become an international, winemaking star, who’s successfully accomplished this particular pursuit. It is a calling, and it’s quite unique, with the people involved be- ing very much adaptable. While using

both sides of their brains (scientific and artistic/ humanities), they ac- complish what some will find utterly fasci- nating. (Kerry tells a good story, too.) He’s diverse,

complicated, and a jovial man. Ker- ry’s a classic ex- ample of what it takes, and what it’s like, to be mak- ing wine in places you and I haven’t even thought there might pos- sibly be grape vines.

Sitting with Kerry, my

partner Jose Diaz and I captured the heart and soul of an amaz- ing, global winemaker. And so it begins… A great sense of humor, a statesman, and one heck of a winemaker… Kerry Damskey of Ter-

Fair for Charles Creek’s Sonoma Chardonnay in the wine competition, took a gold medal; and, so did just about every- thing else following Ker- ry’s and my foray into helping Charles Creek market their wines. They won everything, includ-

roirs Artisan Wines. (Contact: Terroirs INC: Damskey and Associ- ates. 707-857-1890 or 707-972-8364)


Years ago, I was Charles Creek Winery’s publicist. It now no longer exists, yet memories still do. A great mem- ory of that time was working with their wine- maker Kerry Damskey. Kerry was still work- ing pretty much exclusively in California.

That was from 2002 to maybe 2010-12?


first vintage that went to the Sonoma County

ing Best of Class, Dou- ble Golds, blah-blah- blah, you get it, right? Mentions in Parker’s newsletter, Spectator, Enthusiast, and Wine & Spirits. It was an instant winner from our guy Kerry, with the Midas Touch. Kerry was on a roll with great balance and outstanding flavors. He made me look good, quite honestly. I knew where wine should go and William (Bill) and Jerry Brinton trusted me. And my connec- tions were equally gen- erous in their evalua- tions. Those times were great, as was the wine. The Brintons sold their winery, as many do, and we’ve all just continued on. This kind of diverse growth does put one into interna- tional experiences, and Kerry’s evolu- tionary opportuni- ties are the ones that fills his cornu- copia’s depth and width.

Winemaker Kerry Damskey has had one opportunity af- ter another come him, and the pro- clivity of his growth has been of that international call-

ing. He still, of course, has US connections; still, word has definitely spread about Kerry’s in- ternational talents, in the most wonderful of ways. I’m not going to time-

line it for you, except to tell you these are quick episodes, about his

place in the world where its terroir and what wines work best; along with new, incredible people along the way.

At least six episodes,

possibly more. Perhaps when it’s completed it can also be joined, by our Diaz Communica- tions engineer Jose Diaz, for a perfect tour of Kerry’s 2020 projects. For now, they’re quick fireside chats that we produced. Each seg- ment takes you some- where in Kerry’s world. In my humble opinion, this is one great, funny, inventive, talented, and personable guy, enjoy knowing.


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Who is that Global Winemaker Kerry Damskey?

JOKES & Humor # 4

A husband stood in front of the bathroom mirror, carefully flossing his teeth. “Ooh!” he would sigh every once in a while, or “Aaah!” as the little thread did its work.

Suddenly and seemingly without provocation, his wife stomped into the bathroom and gave him a swift kick.

Bewildered, the husband demanded,

“What was that for?”

I’m sorry, “his wife replied stiffly, ... “but I just don’t believe in sigh- ing flossers.”

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