Guy Davis and his wife Judy founded Davis Family Vineyards in 1997 and have since been joined in the business by their two sons Cooper and Cole.
Over the years, Guy has won countless awards for his wines. Most recently he was honored with Sonoma County Harvest Fair’s Sweepstakes Award (best of the best) for the 2016 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, closed with Nomacorc Select Green. His philosophy is that great wines begin with living soil and no fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. A philosophy shared by Vinventions and our commitment to environmentally sustainable closures.
Q&A WITH GUY DAVIS
Q: Describe the “aha” moment when you first fell in love with wine.
“Family Meal” at the restaurant I worked at to put myself through college.
The restaurant was owned and run by a Frenchman, a recent arrival from Paris complete with a chef in tow. They held family meals for the staff each night as part of each shift. Together, we shared fine food…. and of course, great wines. I distinctly remember one discussion between the owner and the chef about two possible options for the wine list from the Loire Valley. I was 19 years old… One, the better wine, was more herbaceous, yet more complex–the second was less complex, simple fruit forward but better suited to the American palate. As they talked—I tasted the wines. There it was. Green pepper in one — red sweet berry in the other. From that day forward, I sought to learn everything I could about wine. This restaurant is where I fell in love with wine—and where I met and fell in love with my wife Judy.
Q: Do you have a philosophy of winemaking / about wine you strive to share with others?
The soil is the first living thing in the process of making great wines… not the vines. Simply put – living soil means organic building blocks, and no commercial fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides
Do as much as you can in the vineyard (i.e. thoughtful, well timed canopy management), to intervene as little as possible in the cellar (from native yeasts to no fining or filtration + carefully monitoring to prevent manipulation).
Q: What led you to select/favor Nomacorc PlantCorcs?
Were you experiencing taint or inconsistent wines? Were you aware of its performance, design and sustainability attributes?
All of the above! but the true highlight beyond its purity and natural sustainability, is the extension of our art form – to select the proper oxygen ingress that best suites each varietal and extend the winemaking all the way into the customers cellar!
Rooted in tradition, we can now naturally predict the future!
Q: Who inspires you personally — in wine or any endeavor?
Q: What is the most overrated trend in wine today?
Q: What new winemakers/industry leaders are you most excited about, and why?
Q: If you weren’t a winemaker/wine business leader what would you be doing?
Growing, making or teaching something to enhance people’s lives! From food, to musical instruments, or yoga and sports.
Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Q: What, if anything, do you leave to chance in the cellar or in life?