Anne Dempsey Is New Skyside Winemaker

Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines announced the launch of Skyside and Anne Dempsey as Winemaker. Born within Newton Vineyard in 2007 as Red Label and known today as Skyside, these wines have evolved as a result of consumer trends and feature a unique expertise for identifying the best terroir and highest quality grapes. In time for summer, Skyside’s three delightful wines, Chardonnay, Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon are all priced under $25. 

  • Skyside Chardonnay 2017 (SRP: $19.99) a refreshing fruit-forward blend of nectarine and stone fruit with vibrant aromas of peach, bright citrus and honeysuckle. 
  • Skyside Red Blend 2017 (SRP: $19.99) a unique blend of Merlot, Petite Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine expresses delightful aromas of cranberry and plum fruits, warm baking spices, violets and chocolate.
  • Skyside Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (SRP: $22.99) shows aromas of violets, blueberry and plum fruits, spices, coffee and chocolate.

Skyside’s logo displays an eagle flying over vineyards which ties to the brand’s motto, “roots to grow, wings to fly.” Artfully crafted by Winemaker Anne Dempsey, Skyside strives to combine the Californian legacy of the brand with an inspirational sense of freedom while delivering top quality wines at a great value. With the 2017 vintage and transition from Newton Vineyard, Skyside has expanded its boundaries to source the finest grapes from five counties that make up the North Coast appellation including Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake, Solano and Napa.

“Skyside has naturally evolved into a standalone brand that will offer wine enthusiasts quality California wines at an affordable price,” says Winemaker Anne Dempsey. “Skyside brand ethos is to use grapes grown at sustainable vineyards, sourcing in California broader appellations. It’s an incredible opportunity to be part of this brand evolution, supporting growth and innovation for years to come.”

Anne Dempsey’s passion for wine stems from a family tradition started in the 1920s, when her grandfather migrated from Tuscany to the U.S. to start his own wine business. Anne holds a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis. Following her studies, she held positions at leading wine producing regions including Marlborough, New Zealand and Franschhoeck Valley in South Africa. Her passion for wine grew based off these experiences and led her to return to the U.S. where she refined her knowledge of the iconic California wine region. She has held roles as Assistant Winemaker at Clos Pegase in Napa Valley and ten years as the Enologist and then later Winemaker at Gundlach Bundschu in Sonoma. When not working in the vineyards, Anne pursued her Masters in Business & Administration at Sonoma State University.

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