Born and raised in Seattle, our winemaker Barb Spelletich spent the early part of her career as a wine distributor travelling the world and building relationships with some of the finest wineries in the world.
She furthered her knowledge as a negociant with Whitwhams Fine and Rare Wines based in Bordeaux and Manchester, England, enhancing her contacts with the top winemakers in France. Before moving to the Napa Valley in 1992, Barb honed her winemaking skills at the University of California, Davis which has graduated many top winemakers over the years.
Her first stop in the Napa Valley was St. Clement Vineyards in St. Helena. Two years later, she and her husband Timothy, formed the Spelletich Family Wine Company which was the their passion for 20 years before joining Kahler Cellars.
Barb Spelletich is a confident, accomplished winemaker, who makes fine wine. “Making wine is the same as cooking – you are looking for the balance, the nuances, and I predominantly focus on the smells and flavors,” she says. “My focus is fruit. The wine must smell and taste like the fruit from which it is made. Wood and age add nuances.” It is her philosophy to hold back some of her wine for five years in the manner of some of the finer French producers.