Welcome to DeLiese Cellars. I’m Dennis, the winemaker. Before making wine, I spent forty years in the health care industry. I started making wine out of our family home and as an enthusiastic wine consumer, I naturally developed an affinity for the wine making business.
I have had the privilege of learning from some of the best winemakers in California, such as George Natsis of Lone Dove and Omega Winery and Vineyards, Rod Moritz of Moritz Family Wines, and Robert Delcato of Delcato Winery. George, however, has been my mentor and wine making coach and ensures that I follow all necessary processes for a consistent quality wine. This includes the crush, punch-downs, chemistry, pump-overs, maceration, barreling, more chemistry, sterilization, filtering, bottling, labeling, and more. I love what I do!
My lovely wife and the love of my life, Marliese, has brought her high level of expertise into our business. She ensures that all of our infrastructure from systems, marketing, and accounting, conform to all state and federal regulations. It’s a monumental task!
My office is the vineyard. I get to walk the various vineyards that I source from planning for harvest and strategizing for the next bottling of absolute yumminess. It’s such a pleasure to make a product that is an enjoyable journey but isn’t hard on the wallet for our customers.
Our dedication is to make the best possible wine at affordable prices. Most of the wines produced at DeLiese Cellars are 100% varietals rather than mixes or blends. As a winemaker, I want my customers to experience the true varietal notes and bouquet of the wine. Although everyone has a different palate, I want to take the most sophisticated wine connoisseur on a pleasant journey.
In California, we have such a wide range of terroir (the environment that wine is grown in) for wine making. This just makes me more excited to make great wine! My passion is to deliver those distinct varietals of wine, educating our customers on our process and passion. I’m also a food nut, and I make wines that are designed to pair well with all kinds of great food. After all, there’s nothing better than family and friends and great food paired with exceptional wine! I make exceptional wine with food in mind!