KERRY DAMSKEY MASTER WINEMAKER
Kerry Damskey bounds into a room and within moments know names and affiliations. He is charismatic, energetic and leaves a lasting imprint on everyone he meets.
Kerry personifies joy and lust for life.
Like Andre Tchelistcheff before him, Kerry believes wine is made in the vineyard and the winemaker is merely the “midwife” in the artisan process of winemaking. “It’s the winemaker’s job to articulate a definable style for a wine but you don’t create an identity – that must come from the grapes,” says Kerry.
Today, with more than 30 years of winemaking experience, Kerry is recognized on four continents for his acuity and focus in creating brilliant wines. Through his winemaking consulting practice, Terroirs Inc., he oversees custom winegrowing, winemaking and vineyard acquisition as well as offering strategic planning and operational management for new and established wineries. In addition to California and Washington, Kerry consults for wineries in India, Israel, and Costa Rica.
Kerry Damskey holds a B.S. in fermentation sciences from the University of California, Davis, and is a graduate of the intensive program for small business at Stanford University School of Business. Kerry and Daisy Damskey along with son Drew are the winemakers and owners of Palmeri Wines, a small ultra-premium winery that specializes in high-elevation Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.