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Episode 4 – Kerry Damskey – Winemaking in Costa Rica

[PHOTO: Kerry Damskey’s image of the Costa Rica property.]

Kerry Damskey is the proprietor of Terriors, Inc., which couldn’t be a more appropriate name for what he’s doing. From his Website declaration:

With over 30 years experience, Kerry Damskey has created the first fully integrated and holistic wine consulting team in the wine business, applying the concept of terroir to his all-inclusive, artful approach to winemaking.

Episode 1 ~ Who is that Global Winemaker Kerry Damskey?

Episode 2 ~ Kerry Damskey Talks About Making Wine in India

Episode 3 ~ Kerry Damskey – Winemaking in Bulgaria And China

Now we have Episode 4 – Kerry Damskey – Winemaking in Costa Rica

In his arm chair setting and with his jovial voice, Kerry Damskey continues to take us on another segment of his winemaking career. India had a very unusual way of seguing right into Costa Rica. Yes, Central America’s Costa Rica, where no grape vines had ever been planted before. It reminds us that this was the same scenario in India… Kerry mentions that he’s a Go-To consultant for – quoting him – “weird ass places, making wine where no one has ever made wine” before.

He brings an important partner, and now good friend, Niv Benyehuda into the picture, calling him the mastermind of this project in Costa Rica. Nana Beny became the on-site winemaker in Costa Rica, with Kerry being the consultant for making this all happen. Niv Ben-Yehuda has a tremendous business background and the resources to make his dreams a reality… Including viticulture and winemaking in Costa Rica.

As it happened and out of the blue, Niv just gave Kerry a call, they met a few days later. Kerry Damskey decided he’d love to help him make his dream a reality. Within two months, Kerry was on his way to Costa Rica. He found a couple of unusual feature (for him) of being so close to the equator with grape vines:

  • They’re invigorating (they don’t go dormant, presenting challenges that had to be overcome
  • And, it rains 120 inches of rain a year, which is a tremendous amount of moisture to work with


He’ll tell you all about it in another interesting quick video, in this latest Episode of Kerry Damskey’s exciting career, when you listen to this frontier man of winemaking talking candidly about his next adventure… Going from working in India to working in Costa Rica…

Special thank you to Wine Business for also publishing this story.

Special thank you to Wine Industry Insight for also publishing this story.


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The Fourth Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Artist Label Contest is Underway

I love art. Wine is art, music is art, paintings and sculptures are art. Put them all together and you have a perfect day. Place them all in France’s wine country, and you have utopia, at least in my humble opinion. World renown artists have long graced wine bottles. Those images attract us right to the bottle, by something visceral from deep within.  Let’s say, you’re standing in front of a wine shop’s display racks, you’re not quite sure which wine to choose, since you didn’t go in the store with a specific brand in mind. As you stand there, you’re taken in by all of the labels. If you don’t see a wine you recognize, you’re not driven by the left side of your brain (logical). You’re driven by the right side, the artistic side. [I always remember Left = Logical, two “L” words. That makes Right = aRtistic.]

So, all of these labels in the Beaujolais Nouveau Artist Label Contest are going to be ones that you’ve never seen before, because they’ve all just been created for this contest. That means it’s going to be a visceral experience, and you’re invited! (Best way to judge art, right?)

I found one that reminds me of my trip to the Golden Stone Village of Oingt, when Lorraine Raguseo and I were exploring and we turned a corner. I saw art, just standing right there and it was so “wine country.” Of course, it brought me right back and it’s my choice. The following images below are from 14 artists, from 1,000 entries. Imagine… 1,000 entries. This has become a coveted art contest over the past four years, as the Duboeuf family continues to look for label art to grace this upcoming 2020 vintage of Nouveau Beaujolais.

I voted and if my choice has been created by my lucky artist, it will be a bottle that I will hang onto, long after the wine is enjoyed.

I suggest you vote fairly quickly. Voting ends on May 1 The artist who created the label that receives the most votes within this period will receive a $3,500 grant and will have their artwork turned into a label that will be printed on more than a million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau.

Just in from Georges Duboeuf…


After an intense two weeks spent evaluating all of the incredible artwork we received in our 4th Annual Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau Artist Label Competition, the finalists have been selected! With over 1,000 submissions reviewed by our judging panel, selecting the top 14 was not an easy task. We’d like to thank all of you for submitting, voting and supporting the contest this year.

We hope you’ll join with us in congratulating the artists who have made it to this next round of the competition. Cast your vote for your favorite by leaving a comment on this post (one per user, please) and by voting on our website (www.nouveaulabelcontest.com).

ON THEIR SITE: Below are the 14 finalists for this year’s contest! Please vote for your favorite at the bottom of this page. Voting is open through May 1st, 2020.


Nouveau Label Contest


Beaujolais Nouveau is a young, fruity, and fresh red wine that is made and released every year on the third Thursday of November only 6-8 weeks after the grapes are harvested. The annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau has its roots in a regional celebration of the end of harvest that has happened in Beaujolais for generations. Beaujolais Nouveau is a festive and fun wine – what the French call “vin de soif” – that is, thirst-quenching and easy to drink.

Over 35 years ago, Georges Duboeuf decided to share that tradition and celebration with wine lovers around the world and released his first Beaujolais Nouveau in markets across the globe. Since then, the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau has grown into the world’s largest annual wine celebration.

In the U.S., Beaujolais Nouveau’s release the week before Thanksgiving marks the unofficial beginning of the holiday season. And what perfect timing – you won’t find a better turkey wine!

For many years, the wine was released every year with a different artist-designed label and the annual reveal of the label and design was almost as exciting as the wine itself. The different label designs reflected the fact that every year, Beaujolais Nouveau is a new and different wine – each bottling a unique expression of that vintage and a preview of what is to come.

It was in this spirit that, in 2017, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf held the first annual Nouveau Artist Label Competition.  We continue this tradition and are again inviting artists from all over the U.S. to submit their own design that captures the joyous and exuberant qualities of Beaujolais Nouveau – all of the things that make it the perfect wine to share with friends, family, and loved ones.  It is a celebration unto itself!

Special thank you to Wine Business for publishing this story.


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Earth Day in Wine Country… One Child at a Time

EARTH DAY began as a concept in the 1960s. By 1970, it was official.

While living across from a school, in Windsor, CA, our house was the first place the kids leaving school would pass. For a few years, they’d come out, unwrap their candy, and throw the paper on our lawn. When Jose would mow the lawn each Saturday, it began with him bent over, picking up their trash.

IDEA, teach the kids about the environment and how trash mounts up: For the next year, I collected ever bit of trash that landed on our lawn. I filled a disgusting 24″ x 36″ poster, and on the next Earth Day I brought to the principal. I also had the movie “Wally” attached to it, so kids could watch the movie.

YEAR #2 – same poster, except, it was 11″ x 17.” This one had the Bee movie attached.

YEAR # 3 – “8” x 11″. ” x 17″. Another Wally movie, on a very small paper

YEAR #4, A thank you letter – only three small pieces of junk, so no poster… just the note.

For the next 15 years of living there, no trash.

Not only did it teach the school’s population at the time, but the ideology had sunk in throughout all of Windsor. (Schools are segmented by classes, not by neighborhoods, so my kids had all learned a life lesson of littering.)

This is one of my favorite achievements in life… my small contribution to Earth Day.

Our jobs are not yet done, but the pandemic has taken over for a while, and the environment is benefiting this year. Let’s all continue to enjoy our earth. It’s all we’ve got. Give a HOOT, don’t pollute.



Surviving the Corona Virus Enhanced Social Media Branding in the Process

While I live in Sonoma County, definitely one of God’s own Gardens of Eden, it’s nevertheless part of the pandemic. Trying to find one’s groove might be difficult, because the situation is so pervasive. Even inspiration for writing is wanting inside of my head. Fortunately, I have editing work to do for clients, so I do more than just watch the boob tube and wonder during the day. I focus on helping others to be as precise as they can be, in their written materials. Editing for others is a breeze and keeps me on my toes, as the Gregg Reference Manual goes. So, I’m moving forward, but – like everyone else – I really need some extra-inspiring distractions.

How do I find comfort in the best places these days, besides wine? Easy… Through social media breaks…

Social media saves the day for many of us, and I’ve discovered a real treasure. This led me to writing about an inspiration for adaptation, because it’s the best method for success, due to its innocence. Start from the heart, and the world will follow. Wine companies can also learn from this marketer. He demonstrates, if we give our hearts away, good karma returns in kind… Proven by numbers in a very short amount of time.


My example’s name is Sebastien Andres, known as SEBSAX. Sebastien is an international performer, who is living the dream in Sète, France. From there to Sonoma County, actually anywhere in the world, we’re now all connected.

QUICK GEOGRAPHY from Google: Sète is a major port city in the southeast French region of Occitanie. It’s bordered by the Étang de Thau, a biodiverse saltwater lagoon. Across a narrow isthmus, Sète’s Mediterranean coast is lined with sandy beaches. The top of Mont St Clair offers views of the city, known as “Venice of the Languedoc” for its canal network. The Musée Paul Valéry has displays on the history of Sète, plus an art collection.

Sebastien is quickly increasing his fan base as an international saxophonist, pied piper, during this pandemic, in rapid form. While his background is in music, he also is a marketer. So, like the rest of us, some of his future business is on hold, while his personal brand is quickly expanding, by an adaptable, ingenious move, even in the rain…

SEBSAX’s business of music for weddings, corporate events, concerts, and festivals, is now all on hold, with a stay-at-home family to care for. Sebastien’s world performances include: his how country France, Italy, England, Spain, Dominican Republic, Reunion Island, Thailand, Croatia, Russia, Belgium, and Morocco.

His Medium is Music ~ Building His Brand One Fan at a Time

Music, the language of the soul, needs no words to be totally understood, kinda like wine, right? You hear it (or taste it) and it speaks to you. Just listen to a drum for a couple of minutes and your body want to move in that direction. Sebastian is performing his saxophone craft to what would appear to be a very small audience; his neighborhood from his balcony. Being an international star, it’s perhaps a very small audiences right now; while in reality, it’s definitely one of the largest and growing, as a solo performer, given his social media numbers.

Imagine being scheduled to be on tour, somewhere in the world, but now you’re living your life during a pandemic in an apartment with a small family. How do you adapt? This is something we’re all trying to do. How Sebastien is doing it is just perfect.

Using his saxophone, his balcony, and a consistent time of day (just before his dinner in the evening – 7:30 p.m. in France and 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time), Sebastien Andres preforms for his neighbors, which now includes a daily arrival of his local police. They seems to just be making sure cars keep going, (and perhaps it’s also to have a musical interlude, during their daily sweep of making sure everyone is safe).

So, I started to analyze his daily numbers, from when he began nearly a month ago:

  • MARCH 21: 251 likes, 32 Comments, 4 Shares, 0 Views.
  • APRIL 19: 581 likes, 187 Comments, 247 Shares, and 5.2K Views.  LINK to his daily concert

No gimmicks, no agenda except to entertain, and just pure musical joy; nothing expected in return. The steps of any successful marketing plan, beginning with the concept.

Two choices: sit in front of social media, or be on social media We just have to arrange it.

This is one example that’s worth sharing internationally and not just on Facebook. Sharing right here on my own publishing platform, because this is a classic example of expanding one’s own base, in rapid time. The rick it to find out what they want. In a time of restriction, this is seeing the glass half full, taking advantage of it, giving of a talent without figuring out how to make a living, just having a living. We can all learn a lesson from this adaptation. Adapt, or become inconsequential, seriously.

My Daily Dose of Joy Link ~ SEBSAX

My easiest moment each day is when Sebastien is performing live. I can’t even remember now through which channel I found him. But, I did, and I became immediately hooked. Having spent 11 years in rock radio (as a publicist, hanging with the big dawgs) was a regular occurrence. I have to admit, I do miss it. When people ask me about it, I say, “I got to hang out with and photograph everyone from Aerosmith, to Tina, to ZZ Top.” So, yeah I miss those good times, but I decided to segue into wine. To find someone so talented and accessible, I’m transfixed. Everyday, just about 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, Sebastien serenades his neighborhood, which is now global, through social media.

It begins with a homemade sign, “Suivez notre papa sur Instagram. Saxophonist Sebsax” (Follow our dad on Instagram. Saxophonist Sebsax). And, so it begins.


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Episode 3 – Kerry Damskey – Winemaking in Bulgaria And China

In Episode 3, Kerry Damskey talks about his origin of wanderlust. Then he’s off to Bulgaria, seguing into China, before the French were even there. This is followed by being in ancient Israel, and then gives us a blink of Costa Rica at 25,000 meters (15.53428 miles) above sea level. It’s a fast five minutes and leads into the continuing snapshots of “Who is Kerry Damskey.”

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38 Wine Related Movies ~ Time on your hands or need to stay connected? Covid 19 Survival

Descriptions of these movies are coming from the production companies. They’re not my own words or even endorsements. (Maybe after I watched each one. I’ve only seen 11 of them so far.) This is a list related to wine, to keep us all connected to our jobs in the wine industry, as a public service, for those of us with this calling. And, even if you’re not in the wine biz and do have a bit of time on your hands during Shelter-in-Place Corona virus, this list is still for you, too, if anything strikes your fancy.

I’ve provided links for each of these films, as trailers, most are about three minutes long, found on YouTube.

Some entertain, some educate, with wine, wine, wine… as a back drop.

Finally, if I’ve missed a wine film. I’ll update this list. Just leave a comment and I’ll add it.


A Good Year ~ Failed London banker Max Skinner inherits his uncle’s vineyard in Provence, where he spent many childhood holidays.

A Heavenly Vintage ~ In 19th century France, a peasant winemaker endeavors to create the perfect vintage.

A Walk in the Clouds ~ It’s about a young soldier returning home from World War II, who’s looking to settle down and start a family, with the woman he impulsively married just before enlisting.

American Wine Story ~ After an upstart winemaker’s untimely death, his sister steps in to try and save his fledgling winery for his eight-year-old son.

At Sachem Farm ~ A spiritual awakening inspired by a fifth-century hermit, the elderly man decides to do everything in his power to teach Ross not to place so much value on material things.

Back to Burgundy ~ After a 10 year absence, Jean returns to his hometown when his father falls ill. Reuniting with his sister Juliette and his brother Jérémie, they have to re-build their relationship and trust as a family again.

Blood and Wine ~ A safe cracker, a philandering husband, an angry stepson and an illegal immigrant make a up a seething stew of jealousy, greed, and ambition.

Bottle Shock ~ 1976 Was a pivotal point for wine, like it or not…

Cement Suitcase ~

El camino del vino ~ A famous sommelier loses his palate, in the middle of a wine festival.

Fine Gold ~ Scandal and the rivalry between their sons divide the patriarchs of two European vineyards.

French Kiss ~ here

Travel should inspire and delight… Through magical realism that can only happen in Paris, Margaux captures Ethan’s imagination with a string of clues, showing him the beauty of the city through her eyes.

Saint Amour ~ [SUBTITLES] A father and a son, farmers, whose relationships are conflicting, are in an attempt to forge a new complicity. They go on the wine trail, with a Parisian taxi, crossed at the exit of the Agricultural Fair.

Sideways ~ The misadventures begin when Miles, an un-recovered divorcé and would-be novelist with a wine fixation, decides to gift old college buddy and washed-up actor Jack with a celebratory trip to the vineyards…

Terroir ~ Wealthy wine maker Jonathan Bragg (Keith Carradine) hires Tuscan wine detective Victor Borgo (Gaetano Guarino) to find the source of a mysterious bottle of wine, the “Oroboros.”

Sour Grapes ~ Controversy erupts when an unassuming young man floods the American wine market with fake vintages valued in the millions, bamboozling the wine world elite, in this humorous and suspenseful tale of an ingenious con on the eve of the 2008 stock market crash.

The Secret of Santa Vittoria ~ During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans.

This Earth is Mine ~ In 1931, Elizabeth Rambeau comes from England to live in California with her aunt and uncle of a winemaking dynasty, who are still wealthy despite 12 years of Prohibition.

Uncorked ~ A young man upsets his father, when he pursues his dream of becoming a master sommelier instead of joining the family barbecue business.

Wine Country ~ Frivolous movie, but I understand its appeal to non industry viewers (my own thought), Friendship is a trip. Watch Wine Country on Netflix May 10, 2019. In honor of Rebecca’s 50th birthday, Abby plans a scenic Napa getaway with their best, longtime friends.

Wine for the Confused ~ This funny, informative one-hour show premiered on the Food Channel in October 2004 and has already been repeated several times. It is now in distribution on DVD from Koch Entertainment.

Year of the Comet ~ A woman becomes the target of several dangerous men when she discovers a priceless bottle of wine in an old cellar.

You Will Be My Son ~ [SUBTITLES] Paul has no faith in his son, Martin, to inherit his prestigious family wine estate. Paul dreams of a harder-working, successful son – a dream that one day seemingly materializes when he meets Philippe, the son of his dying estate manager.


A Year in Burgundy ~ See what it takes to produce a stellar bottle of red. You’ll never look at wine the same way again. A FilmBuff Presentation.

A Year in Champagne ~ Wine importer Martine Saunier tours six Champagne makers, to see how they make their product.

A Year in Port ~ The last of the triology by wine importer Martine Saunier, this film heads to Portugal’s Porto and Douro Valley to explore the birthplace of port and what it takes to grow this tenancious wine.

Blood into Wine ~ Maynard James Keenan is known as the front man for Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer. In the mid-1990s, on a whim, the reclusive rock star left Los Angeles and moved to an Arizona ghost town

Boom Varietal ~ Argentine Malbec is currently the fastest growing wine varietal in the United States. Originally from the Cahors region of France, Malbec never gained the acceptance that it has achieved in Argentina.

Borolo Boys ~ In 19th century France, a peasant winemaker endeavors to create the perfect vintage. The Story of a Revolution tells the fascinating story of a group of friends who bring a revolution in the Langhe, and how Barolo exploded as a world phenomenon.

Decanted ~ Look inside one of the most intimate wine growing regions in the world, Napa Valley, as we follow the journey of new beginnings and mastering a craft.

Merlove ~ A documentary celebrating Merlot wine in response to the movie Sideways.

Mondovino ~ [SUBTITLES] The passionate and thoughtful views of a group of Italian winegrowers who are part of the rapidly spreading European natural wine revolution.

Red Obsession ~ Intoxicating documentary about the world-famous winemakers of Bordeaux, and how the rapidly expanding Chinese market for the legendary vintage is irreparably changing the nature of the French wine industry.

Somm ~ SOMM takes the viewer on a humorous, emotional and illuminating look into a mysterious world—the Court of Master Sommeliers and the massively intimidating Master Sommelier Exam. The Court of Master Sommeliers is one of the world’s most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive

Somm 3 (2018) ~ It covers the the Judgement of Paris’ facts, along with some atteneeds. It’s also a study of blind tastings

SOMM: Into the Bottle ~ Somm: Into the Bottle’ raises the curtain on the seldom-seen world that surrounds the wine we drink by allowing viewers intimate access to the most accomplished sommeliers in the world…

The Wine Show ~ Started in 2016, this is a series of short films: variety of wine topics, ranging from wine fraud to food matching.

Wine Calling ~ For the past ten years, the world of wine has been in full swing. Throughout France and especially in Occitania, new winemakers are making a difference in the industry and inventing wine they love: natural and unadorned.


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Today, adaptability has never been more important. Because we all have no idea when the pandemic will just be a memory, we must all think about how our events are going to happen in the future. As I was listening to a story about how third world countries are struggling with this pandemic, I realized this is going to take a lot longer than anyone really wants to know. We may eradicate from first and second world countries, but until third world counties are without SARS Covid, it’s still with us. So, this is our new normal, and aren’t we fortunate to have adaptable companies stepping up to the plate.

I just heard a story on National Public Radio. It was about The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an international financial institution, established in 1944 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It’s the lending arm of World Bank Group. The IBRD offers loans to middle-income developing countries. At this time, though, they’re giving billions of dollars to third world countries for this virus. Some of it’s going to the people directly. The other half of it will go toward construction of facilities to take care of sick people. Thankfully…

So, that’s really good news for all of us.

Adaptability is now, not our immediate future, with many more virtual platforms emerging during social distancing. The forward looking team at Wine Business Monthly looks forward to bringing you a more comprehensive program, than ever before. It’s still going to feature vineyard and agriculture experts, as well as influencers who are active in the wine business: locally, regionally, and nationally.


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Who should attend

Wine producers with vineyards, grape growers, and representatives from financial institutions.


Two online sessions:
o Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 9:30am-12:30pm Pacific
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How to register

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, April 2.
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Episode 2 ~ Kerry Damskey Talks About Making Wine in India

From a time of great success, in his 40’s, Kerry Damskey hit his own personal ceiling goals, as a winemaker and then as a consultant. For some, it’s called a mid-life crisis. For others, it’s a time to further bloom, and that what happens next. (Consider, Robert Mondavi started Robert Mondavi in his 50s, for instance. For Kerry… he’ll tell you all about it.

Imagine being innovative, having that daring joie de vivre, plus the feeling that a radical change could be successful, just not knowing why or how. Kerry’s instinct had him reach outside of his comfort zone, to a country that was only growing table grapes at the time, and yet he wanted to grow wine grapes there. This would fundamentally change an entire country and its culture, if he was successful. At the time, India had no wine culture and he was ready to travel somewhere exotic… Were they ready for him? Kerry tells of faxes going back and forth… remember those days of faxes?

Kerry Damskey Was on the Move

In 1995, he did his first project in India. He’ll tell you about it.

He then got connected to a Stanford grad who wanted to make wine with him. His name is Rajeev Samant, and he became Kerry’s intern. Today’s Rajeev is CEO, of Sula Vineyards, which is producing 1,000,000 cases today. Right, but… Kerry’s only just begun.

In this video, Kerry Damskey explains about the Indian notch on his winemaking belt.


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Who is that Global Winemaker Kerry Damskey? ~ Episode 1

Meeting 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 being very much adaptable. While using both sides of their brains (scientific and artistic/humanities), they accomplish what some will find utterly fascinating. (Kerry tells a good story, too.)

He’s diverse, complicated, and a jovial man. Kerry’s a classic example of what it takes, and what it’s like, to be making wine in places you and I haven’t even thought there might possibly be grape vines.

Sitting with Kerry, my partner Jose Diaz and I captured the heart and soul of an amazing, global winemaker. And so it begins… A great sense of humor, a statesman, and one heck of a winemaker… Kerry Damskey of Terroirs Artisan Wines. (Contact: Terroirs INC: Damskey and Associates. 707-857-1890/ 707-972-8364)



Years ago, I was Charles Creek Winery’s publicist. It now no longer exists, yet memories still do. A great memory of that time was working with their winemaker Kerry Damskey. Kerry was still working pretty much exclusively in California. That was from 2002 to maybe 2010-12?  The first vintage that went to the Sonoma County Fair for Charles Creek’s  Sonoma Chardonnay in the wine competition, took a gold medal; and, so did just about everything else following Kerry’s and my foray into helping Charles Creek market their wines. They won everything, including Best of Class, Double 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 connections were equally generous in their evaluations. 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 international experiences, and Kerry’s evolutionary opportunities are the ones that fills his cornucopia’s depth and width.

Winemaker Kerry Damskey has had one opportunity after another come him, and the proclivity of his growth has been of that international calling. He still, of course, has US connections; still, word has definitely spread about Kerry’s international talents, in the most wonderful of ways.

I’m not going to timeline 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 Communications engineer Jose Diaz, for a perfect tour of Kerry’s 2020 projects. For now, they’re quick fireside chats that we produced. Each segment takes you somewhere in Kerry’s world. In my humble opinion, this is one great, funny, inventive, talented, and personable guy, you’d enjoy knowing.

Kerry Damskey the Star ~ Sit Back & Enjoy

Thank you Wine Industry Insight for sharing this story.


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Contactless Curbside Pickup Now Available ~ Covid-19 Adaptation

Making lemonade from lemons, during Covin-19…

This may be a state by state legalization issue. In North Carolina, Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery is now offering this way of purchasing wine. It does put cars on the road, so there may even be road blocks along the way to consider, as you try to argue “necessity.” You could have it shipped, right?


This is an example of “how-the-heck are we going to stay in business?”

I’m neither advocating for nor disparaging this practice: Personally, I’m only out the door for grocery shopping. Professionally, I make trips to the Post Office. These two activities are combined in one trip.

I also have all of the wine I need for a good amount of time. Since some people have their glass of wine a day for good health benefits, I can understand running out makes for a sad time. It’s like when you forget to take your vitamins, right?

How It Works for Raggadlini

“While our Villa tasting room remains closed to the public for the safety of our employees, customers, and community, we are proud to offer contactless curbside pickup daily from 12pm-4pm. Our staff is ready to help you pick out the perfect wines and pack up your orders for you or as a gift for friends and loved ones.”

Ready for Pickup

“Log on to Raffaldini.com or give us a call at 336.835.9463 to place your order. Drive up and park in the loading zone by the Villa and let us know you have arrived. An associate will bring your order outside and leave it for you on the designated pick up table.

“Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to answer any questions about our products and take and package your order for contactless pickup or shipping. You can choose to pickup any purchased items curbside at the vineyard, or any order of 6 bottles, or more ships free, with the code ‘MARCHFREE.'”