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CR Sandidge Wines

C.R. Sandidge Wines

From the winery:

A Washington State native, Ray Sandidge studied horticulture at Washington State University where, for over three years, he conducted genetic and physiology research on wine grape and stone fruit plants at the Irrigated Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Washington. It was here that Ray sharpened his ability to train his palate, analyze wines in the lab and more importantly, understand the vitally crucial link between grape growing and wine quality.

Ray began making wine in 1985 in the far east. That is, the far eastern end of Long Island, New York as Pindar Vineyard’s Assistant Winemaker and Vineyard Manager. He excelled in both areas resulting in Ray being promoted to Co-Winemaker for Pindar Vineyards as fruit for the 1986 harvest began finding its way into the wineries fermentation tanks. The 1986 reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay wines Ray co-authored was selected to be served at George Bush’s inaugural ball.

In 1987, Ray came to the attention and into the employ of the prestigious 120 year old German winery estate Georg Breuer. Located in the Rheingau region of Germany, Riesling was the primary wine crafted. Prior to Ray’s arrival, in a country of 12,000 wineries, this winery had never made Germany’s top 100. Each of the three years Ray was Winemaker, the winery was placed on this coveted list by European wine critics.

Ray returned to the United States in 1991 to work with Apex Cellars as a Co-Winemaker with renowned Winemaker Brian Carter. Brian and Ray teamed up to produce an impressive list of award winning wines. In the summer of 1994, the Hyatt family asked Ray to become their Winemaker. In 1998 Ray assumed the head winemaker position at Kestrel Vintners.

 


 

 

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