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The Resolution Wines Story

The story of any wine is rooted in its maker’s story and my story—and therefore Resolution Wines’ story—began with a leap of faith.

I didn’t always know that I was going to be a winemaker. I had actually planned to become a doctor. That was the intention when I graduated from UC Davis with degrees in molecular biology and anthropology, when I took the MCAT, and when I took a gap year as I waited on 12 pending medical school applications.

Then I worked a harvest season in a wine cellar.

At the end of the season, one of the winemakers facetiously asked me, “why would you become a doctor if you could make wine?” and he offered me a full-time winemaking job. That winemaker was Russell Bevan, and the winery was Tench Vineyards, a brand new project in Oakville in the Napa Valley. I took a leap of faith and never looked back.

I quickly became immersed in the world of premium winemaking. I worked closely with Russell, helping him to make his and his clients’ wines from grape to bottle, and with the Tench family as they grew their already successful family vineyard into an estate brand.

In 2018 I had an opportunity to start my own wine project on the side and I took a second leap of faith: I brought in a ton of Cabernet Sauvignon and Resolution Wines was born.

The winemaking process has been nothing short of a labor of love. I have personally cared for the grapes through fermentation and the wine thereafter: from punchdowns in the fermenter to blending for bottling. Although I came to this project with experience and mentorship, this small batch of wine—the first of my very own—taught me that it’s impossible to simplify winemaking to ingredients and predetermined steps. It’s taught me to aim for balance between paradoxical philosophies in winemaking: science and art, logic and intuition, plan and improvise, tenacity and flexibility, expertise and problem solving.

I chose to name my wine project Resolution Wines in honor of wine’s ability to resolve seemingly dissonant ideas, and to create harmony. Plus, it’s got personal meaning for me too: winemaking was the serendipitous resolution to the direction life would take me.

And now, here is the third leap of faith.  I’m sending Resolution Wines out in the world to become a part of your story too.  My sincere hope is that you will enjoy Resolution Wines with friends and family, and when you do, I hope they bring you a sense of balance and resolution as well.

Cheers,

Caitlin Lhommeau
Winemaker and Owner of Resolution Wines