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Whitcraft
Winery

Chris and Kathleen Whitcraft started Whitcraft Winery in 1985. Chris hosted a local wine radio program in Santa Barbara County for more than ten years and learned his craft from some of the best winemakers in California - Joe Heitz (Heitz Cellars), Dick Graff (Founded Chalone Winery and its AVA), and Burt Williams (Williams Selyem & Morning Dew Ranch) to name a few. What began as a hobby grew into both a passion and a lifestyle, a commitment to which is present to this day in every bottle of wine.

Whitcraft Winery is now over 30 years old and when Chris passed away in 2014, his son, Drake, took over the winery, which has always specialized in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Drake’s position is one of minimal intervention. He does not make a lot of wine. This is a whole cluster, free run, very little new oak and ambient yeast kind of production scene.   Drake is a pretty mellow dude, and we’ve spoken with him at length many times about his wines and philosophical point of view. Largely, he is troubled by the amount of inputs and chemical additions he sees going on with winemaking in his region. We spoke about old world wines, specifically Chablis, and how as wine drinkers we desire acidity and vibrancy, and how he strives for these qualities in his winemaking.   The wines posses a purity of fruit and are aromatically very pretty. An underpinning of structure comes from his insistence of stem inclusion. Pinot Noir lovers should not pass up the opportunity to try these wines.

Geography

In-Store Pickup

To pick up your order, visit us at our Near North location. Due to our limited storage space, orders can only be held in the store for up to 30 days after purchase. If items are not picked up after 30 days, a $10 monthly item storage fee will be charged. Any orders of 2 cases or more will be charged per case. 

Near North

Mon–Fri Noon–8 / Sat 11–7
Closed on Sunday

1167 N Howe Street
Chicago, IL 60610
312.255.8990
orders@permanwine.com

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