Mary Tuuri Derby

Mary Tuuri Derby

DAMA Wines (Winemaker & Founder)

Mary Tuuri Derby is the Winemaker and Founder of DAMA Wines. A number of life experiences led Mary, a classicallyMary Tuuri Derby is the Winemaker and Founder of DAMA Wines. A number of life experiences led Mary, a classically trained opera singer from Minnesota, to found the winery in 2007. She describes herself as “an artist, idealist, and dreamer—a magician who feels she can pull something positive out of nothing.”

Mary also excels at collaboration. For example, she partnered with Kathryn Elsesser to produce the 2017 Walla Walla Women of Wine calendar, which features black and white portraits of notable women in the Walla Walla wine industry.

The Wines. We continued our engaging conversation with Mary in DaMa’s lovely tasting room, where we admired her wines’ artistic labels and tasted several of her delectable wines which have received many awards and accolades, including from the Wine Spectator, the Wine Enthusiast, and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Our tasting included the 2012 DaMa Merlot, 2012 DaMa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 DaMa Grenache, and the 2012 DAMAnation GSM, a mouth-filling blend of Grenache, Mouvedre, and Syrah. We especially admired the Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. trained opera singer from Minnesota, to found the winery in 2007. She describes herself as “an artist, idealist, and dreamer — a magician who feels she can pull something positive out of nothing.”

Mary also excels at collaboration. For example, she partnered with Kathryn Elsesser to produce the 2017 Walla Walla Women of Wine calendar, which features black and white portraits of notable women in the Walla Walla wine industry.

The Wines. We continued our engaging conversation with Mary in DaMa’s lovely tasting room, where we admired her wines’ artistic labels and tasted several of her delectable wines which have received many awards and accolades, including from the Wine Spectator, the Wine Enthusiast, and the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Our tasting included the 2012 DaMa Merlot, 2012 DaMa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 DaMa Grenache, and the 2012 DAMAnation GSM, a mouth-filling blend of Grenache, Mouvedre, and Syrah. We especially admired the Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.