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Dunham Cellars

Dunham Cellars

Eric Dunham, a native to the Walla Walla area, grew up with the passion to make wine. After serving four years in the Navy and then graduating in 1994 from Walla Walla Community College with his AAAS degree in Irrigation Technology he was asked the question of what he wanted to do.

"Make wine," he said.

He followed his passion and began a seven-month internship with Hogue Cellars where he was trained in all phases of winemaking. Upon completion of his internship, he was employed by L'Ecole No. 41 winery in Lowden, WA as the assistant winemaker for four years.

at right, Eric Dunham


Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon XV 09

96 Points & Editor's Choice

This pure Cabernet from a lush vintage comes together in a wonderfully...



$46.95 Regular

Dunham Cellars Three Legged Red 2013

Every year Dunham Cellars takes a portion of each of its finest Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah and blends it to create this g...



$19.95 Regular

Dunham Cellars Pursued by Bear Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

A creative collaboration between Dunham Cellars Senior Winemaker, Eric Dunham, and actor Kyle MacLachlan.

Deep, dark a...



$65.95 Regular

Dunham Cellars Lewis Syrah 2010

Flavors include black cherries, cherry cola, french vanilla and blackberry....



$78.65 Regular

Gonzaga Zags Red Wine 2012

Very limited special bottling of Washington red wine made for Gonzaga University by Walla Walla's Dunham Cellars.




$26.95 Regular

Dunham Cellars Shirley Mays Chardonnay 2011

Flavors include peach, pear and cream soda with a hint of vanilla. Softly textured and backed by a crisp, green apple acid...



$25.95 Regular

Dunham Cellars Lewis Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 07

The Lewis Vineyard produces some very fine cabernet sauvignon....



$79.65 Regular

Dunham Cellars Trutina 2012

The 2010 vintage has notes of plum, black cherry, lavender and baking spices. It is a lush wine that is enjoyable now but ...



$29.95 Regular

Dunham Cellars Syrah Columbia Valley 08

Smooth and supple, this spicy style weaves pepper, clove, coffee and green olive notes through the ripe berry flavors, f...



$28.95 Regular

More About Dunham Cellars

During that time he began producing his own wine, beginning with 200 cases and increasing every year. Soon his production outgrew the L'Ecole facility and in 1999, Eric along with his parents, Mike & Joanne Dunham, opened their own winery at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

Eric makes stop quality Cabernets as well as Syrah. Dunham Cellars began producing wine in 1995 and released 200 cases in December of 1997. This first production of Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold Medal and a 93 rating from the World Wine Championships.

The second vintage, 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon, was released in December 1998. Production for this vintage, shortened by the freeze of 1996, was limited to 70 cases.

The third vintage, 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon, released approximately 400 cases in September 1999. This Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded a Gold Medal and "Best of Show" honors out of 340 entries at the Northwest Wine Summit held at Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon in May, 1999.

at right, "Port" the three legged dog Eric nurtured back to health after being attacked - his two legs are on the "port" side, thus the name - graces the label of the "Three Legged Red"

In June 2001, Eric was awarded one of seven Gold Medals at the Northwest Wine Festival hosted by the Seattle Enological Society.

In 2012, Eric's string of high ratings and honors makes him not only a nationally famous winemaker but a pioneer of the moden Walla Walla wine industry.

Winemaking Philosophy

Through extended maceration (cold soaking), gentle crushing and destemming techniques, Eric achieves his goal of a wine both age-worthy and yet approachable now. The wines are typically cold soaked for 5 to 10 day's which in his "opinion" enhances the nose and color extraction. Through gentle treatment at all phases of the wine's life, Eric hope's to bring to the bottle something he enjoys and is proud of.

Dunham's winery, built on a 21-acre plot on a hill near L'Ecole, has a subterranean facility for storing barrels of wine. He also has a 15-acre vineyard. The grapes for the current vintage came from vineyards in Zillah and Paterson, Wash., and Milton-Freewater, Ore.

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