Kerloo Cellars-Meet the owner/winemaker
with Ryan Crane
March 16, 2019
"Mr Crane is a game changer!" Sean Sullivan The Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Ryan Crane came by the shop to pour all of his current releases and we instantly agreed with the press.
Crane became interested in wine while waiting tables in college. After briefly selling wine for a distributor and working for an industrial painting company, he moved to Walla Walla in 2005 to study viticulture and oenology.
After stints at Forgeron Cellars and Va Piano, Crane started his own winery, Kerloo Cellars, on a shoestring in 2007. “I didn’t have any money,” he says. “I had like 10,000 bucks, so I said, ‘How much fruit can I get for 10,000 bucks?’” Kerloo Cellars, named after the call of the crane, had begun. At the winery, Crane, 38, focuses on making wines in an old-fashioned style. “We’re really gentle with the fruit,” he says. “We foot-stomp all the Syrah and Grenache. It doesn’t go through any sort of destemmer or anything. I want whole clusters to bring some texture, length and earthy restraint to the wines.”
Besides the exciting quality he provides, his prices are below the average.
Saturday, March 16th 2-4 pm. Meet the owner/winemaker. No fee tasting.