Sherman Smoot - Owner

After honorably serving in the Navy flying F-4J's from aircraft carriers, Sherman pursued a career in commercial aviation. Traveling the globe for more than 30 years, he has had the inredible opportunity to sample wines from nearly every country in the free world. As a result, Sherman developed a palate for unique world wines.

Sherman's degree in Biological Sciences from Washington State University helped him tremendously as he began reading all the text books, reference books, and articles he could gather on Enology and Viticulture. He believes the artisan way versus the science sometimes result in great spirited debates in the winery, but, ultimately, that's how he achieves what he truly enjoys.

His wine appreciation started in the late sixties when he came home often to visit his mom and stepfather, Dominic Marietta. This Italian, along with his family made wine every year since, "I could stomp," as Dominic would say. He instilled in Sherm a respect for the Italian style wine they produced.

Today, Sherm is buzzing around and smoking cigars, enjoying life.