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Wesley Ashley Wines:
Intelligent Design: Wine With a Soul Coming in to the wine business after too many years spent building companies in the real estate industry, I knew exactly the kind of wine I wanted to make. I knew I wasn’t going to follow the single varietal path. I had always been a big fan of Southern Rhone styled blends, and I wanted to create blends that were approachable, complex, and enjoyable with or... Read more
Intelligent Design: Wine With a Soul Coming in to the wine business after too many years spent building companies in the real estate industry, I knew exactly the kind of wine I wanted to make. I knew I wasn’t going to follow the single varietal path. I had always been a big fan of Southern Rhone styled blends, and I wanted to create blends that were approachable, complex, and enjoyable with or without food. Wesley-Ashley is a family run winery, and so I thought it fitting that I use a combination of my middle name, “Wesley,” which is an old family name and “Ashley,” my little girl’s middle name. After finishing my first blend—a combination of six Rhone varietals—I started thinking about the label. One night, perusing photographs from various trips to different parts of the world over a bottle of wine with my girlfriend, Ashley, I came across the picture of the bike, shot during a trip to Cuba. When I took the picture, I thought it was funny. The bike looked like it belonged in a junkyard. But, it was also very functional, and it had obviously been kept working by a very resourceful person. Then, it hit me that the blends I wanted to make were very much like that bike—multiple components coming together to create something very functional, and even beautiful. “That’s it,” I thought. “That’s my label. Now what about the name?” Sitting there at the table sipping my glass, wine in my hand, my mind wandering randomly, it came to me: “Intelligent Design.” Ashley wasn’t so sure. “Don’t you get it?” I asked. “It’s divine intervention!” Playing off of the debate between “Intelligent Design” and the theory of evolution, we put the question to you: is a fine wine is simply the sum of its parts, or is there something else, something indefinable, that makes it truly special? Is a great wine a matter of science … or is it something more? A working knowledge of enology is all you really need to make a good wine, but it takes a bit of the divine to make a great wine. A great wine has a soul. And so it was that Intelligent Design was born. We’re currently distributing our 2007 Intelligent Design Cuvée, a full-bodied, highly drinkable red wine that pairs well with a variety of foods, and our 2009 Intelligent Design Cuvee Blanc, a beautiful white Rhone blend. We sincerely appreciate your interest, and we hope you enjoy our creations! Read less

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