When Kimberly Spratt was a sophomore at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, she had an opportunity to study in southern France. It was during that time that Spratt had her first real experience tasting wine. Although French wines were very dry to her at first, she eventually began to enjoy them and learning about wine became a passion.
Although Spratt, who now lives in Fairview Heights with her husband, Willie Spratt, went on to become an accountant, she has never abandoned her love of wine. A few years ago, she began exploring the possibility of having her own wine business. That dream became a reality in mid-July when she launched her label Della W. Wine.
“Della W. Wine is really a family brand, even though it was created by me,” said Spratt. “I basically dedicated this brand, this company, to the women in my life who have influenced me. They are very strong and successful women in their own right. They have and are continuing to support me.”
There are currently two wines being produced under the Della W. Wine label: a Napa Valley sauvignon blanc and a rosé, both priced at $32.95. The brand also includes an upscale wine box carrier with accessories. Spratt said she is specifically targeting well-educated, professional women between the ages of 25 and 40.
Della W. Wine is made by Patrick Saboe of the Wine Foundry, a custom crush facility in Napa Valley that focuses on making small lot, customized wines. The sauvignon blanc is described below.
Della W. Wine 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California
Bought • Available online at dellawwines.com for $32.95
Description • This elegant white wine has more body and richness than many sauvignon blancs because it has undergone some oak aging. It is a well-balanced white that is refreshing without the pungency and tartness often associated with New Zealand-style sauvignon blanc wines. It tastes of stone fruit and melon with a touch of vanilla and ends with a long citrusy finish. This is a food wine that would go well with a range of dishes including Maryland crab cakes, salmon, swordfish and chicken.
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