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Tsillan Cellars introduces new Head Winemaker, Ray Sandidge

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Ray Sandidge. (Photo courtesy of Tsillan Cellars)

Well known Washington Winemaker Ray Sandidge has been appointed Head Winemaker for Tsillan Cellars Winery. With 30+ years of national and international acclaim, Ray is one of Washington State’s most experienced and notable winemakers. He was first attracted to the potential of Chelan viticulture many years ago by Steve Kludt of Lake Chelan Winery. Ray will be managing both vineyard and winemaking for the 2017 Tsillan Cellars harvest.

“I respect the marriage between vineyard and the art of winemaking, and am excited to work with and craft wines from Tsillan Cellars award winning vineyards,” Sandidge said in a press release.

With almost 40 acres of estate fruit and 14 varieties of wine grapes Sandidge says he is looking forward to taking Tsillan Cellars wines to the next level of excellence. It is anticipated that the 2017 harvest will produce 125 tons of estate fruit adequate to make 7,500 cases of red and white wines with the Tsillan Cellars label.

Devon Griffith will also be taking on the role as Assistant Winemaker, working under the guidance of Sandidge. Griffith graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Integrated Plant Sciences, majoring in Fruit and Vegetable Management as well as attaining a minor in Viticulture and Enology. Tsillan Cellars is excited for the skill and passion that the two will bring to the winery.

(By Jamie Reaves)

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