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David Lake, Winemaker
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Commencing in 1967 with a traditional apprenticeship in all aspects of the wine trade, David Lake worked ten years with the celebrated British wine-shipper, Saccone and Speed.

In 1975 David became a Master of Wine, passing the combination of tastings and written papers that is widely recognized as the world's most rigorous professional examination in the art and science of wine. He is the only winemaker in the United States who had earned the Master of Wine distinction.

David came to California in 1977 to further his knowledge of Viticulture and Enology with a year of study at the University of California, Davis. In 1978, he moved to Oregon to work with David Lett at the Eyrie Vineyards and later at Amity and Bethel Heights Vineyards, acquiring invaluable practical experience.

He joined Columbia Winery in 1979 and took over the winemaking duties from Dr. Lloyd Woodburne. In his own words, "I came to Washington to explore the distinctive fruit-qualities and remarkable natural balance I had noted in wines from this state."

He became Vice President of Columbia in 1984 and is a former Director of the Washington Wine Institute.

The Wine Spectator has described him as the "Dean of Washington Winemakers." An experienced judge of wine, he is Chief Judge of the San Diego National Wine Judging and he has served as a judging-panel Chairman at California's premier wine judging, the Los Angeles County Fair since 1978.

Although he was born and raised in England, David is a fourth generation Canadian and received his bachelor's degree from McGill University in Montreal.

Columbia's aim is to make distinctive Washington wines, not copies of wines from other wine regions. We use only European vinifera grapes from areas of Washington State best suited to each varietal and supervise all aspects of growing the grapes, and harvest them when their balance of sugar, acid and varietal character is at its peak

Columbia's Milestone Merlot was recently described by Frank Prial, of The New York Times as "Washington's best merlot." In addition, the winery also produces a Pinot Noir that received a platinum medal at the American Wine Competition sponsored by Wine & Spirits Magazine, the first Washington Pinot Noir to ever achieve this level of recognition. Also, according to Stephen Tanzer of Food & Wine Magazine, it's Woodburne Cuvee Chardonnay "could easily be mistaken for a top-notch $30 white Burgundy."

 

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