W. Blake Gray is author of “California Winetopia,” a Japanese-language guide to California wines. He was previously a staff wine writer/editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, and has contributed articles on wine and sake to The Los Angeles Times, Food & Wine, Wine & Spirits, and several in-flight magazines. Gray is currently Chairman of the Electoral College of the Vintners Hall of Fame.
David J Minick was raised on a diversified farm in Yakima Valley. After many years of raising juice grapes, cherries, and hops David’s family planted its first wine grapes in 1982. After graduating from WSU in 1990 David moved back to Prosser to start his career in the wine business and founded Willow Crest Winery in 1995. Focusing on Pinot Gris and Syrah Willow Crest has grown to 10,000 cases with a production facility that handles 1,200 ton annually. In 2008 David partnered with Precept Brands to create Willow Crest Wine Estates, an estate winery that focuses on Pinot Gris, Riesling and Syrah, using the estate grapes of their Yakima Valley vineyard to produce crisp whites and fruity reds. Today David manages 450 acres of wine grapes in two vineyards, a large white wine facility on the estate, and a premium red wine facility located at Alder Ridge Vineyard in Prosser.