Healdsburg, California, 95448
Winemaker Cecile Lemerle-Derbes grew up in the vineyards of the Champagne region, where she was and still is involved in the growing of grapes. After studying to become a viticulturist and Oenologue she made fine wines throughout the world, at Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Jacquart, Schug Carneros, Korbel, and Golan Heights, among others. She was Director of Production at Opus One Winery from 1998 to 2000, and consulted for local wineries from 2000 to summer 2005.
Cecile and her husband Billy, an Aerospace Engineer, started Derbes Wines in 2001:
"I do not come with formulas to be used from one year to the next - the vintage dictates the winemaking, respecting and reflecting the quality of the grapes in the wine."
The synergy of the fruit and gentle winemaking practices makes these natural wines delightful alone, or with food.