David Rosenthal

White Winemaker

“People are drawn to wine, but I find that wine draws people together. Wine creates community among friends, family, and complete strangers.”

The ultimate blend of science and art drove David Rosenthal to embark on a career in winemaking. Today David has more than 15 years of experience in the wine industry in California, Oregon, Australia and Washington state. In 2001, after graduating from the University of Puget Sound, David worked at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, California as a harvest lab intern. In December of that same year, David returned to Washington state and joined Chateau Ste. Michelle as a lab technician through 2006. Realizing winemaking was his true passion and wanting to gain more experience in different wine regions, David took a winemaking internship with Zilzie Wines in Victoria, Australia. Upon his return to the U.S., he interned with the winemaking team at Domaine Serene in Dayton, Oregon.

In 2007, David rejoined Chateau Ste. Michelle as white wine enologist and was later promoted to assistant winemaker in 2011. David continued to excel and was promoted to white winemaker in 2015, where he currently manages day-to-day operations at the winery’s white wine cellar in Woodinville, Washington.

“Wine is amazing and people are intrigued by it because it is the only beverage that tastes different every time you taste it,” says David. “A single glass of wine can evolve between sips, or it can change with the food you are eating, and it will certainly develop different characteristics while aging. People are drawn to wine, but I find that wine draws people together. Wine creates community among friends, family, and complete strangers.”

David’s winemaking journey through the Northwest, California and Australia has helped him appreciate Washington’s unique growing region.

“What makes Washington so great is not only our place in the world, but also our place in time,” David explains. “We have the unique opportunity of continuing to build a new region from the ground up, and help it to reach its full potential in the decades to come. That is a unique and wonderful opportunity that I’m thrilled to be a part of.”