The Creative Chiropractor
Before becoming a full-time winemaker in June of this year, David Morris spent three decades as a chiropractor, straddling winemaking and running a tasting room on the weekends, and managing his practice during the week.
Morris' was drawn to wine back in 1983 and it remains a huge part his life to this day. Unlike his first profession as a Chiropractor, winemaking allows for creativity and exploration in what he calls ‘drinkable art’. The creation of his wines, labels and packaging allows Dave to collaborate with illustrators and designers in the creative community.
“I am alway amazed how the creative energy flows. The Davey Outrageous patio-wine project was inspired by 1950’s Americana retro, go-go dancers and Mexican calendar art. Pretty funky across the board.”
~ David Morris, Winemaker
Unlike inferior wines with clever or cute labels, Napeequa Vintners' consumers are quick to point out the wine in the Davey Outrageous collection is extremely good and of great quality. The lineup includes Pinkie A-Go-Go Columbia Valley Rosé, ¡Chica! Columbia Valley White, and Grill Thrill Columbia Valley Red.
Once the funky retro vision was communicated, Advanced Labels NW resident Art Director Gary Fozard set to work designing all three labels– delivering exactly what Napeequa was looking for. The labels in this collection are printed digitally on semigloss label stock using 4-color CMYK, with a protective gloss laminate.
The winery. The name. The pursuit.
The idea of a winery, which was to become Napeequa Vintners, formed in 2003 between then partners Dave Morris, Mike Mann and Ann Hathaway. In May of that year, Dave met with Charles Smasne and Ray Sandidge, then of Kestrel Vintners in Prosser, WA. Charles was acting vineyard manager and Ray was head winemaker. On that meeting at Kestrel Vintners, Dave was shown the winery, vineyards and was afforded the opportunity to taste through some selected barrel lots. That meeting forged an inspiration that would become the basis of Napeequa Vintners.
The following October, Dave, Mike and Ann bought a half-ton of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese from Kestrel and Charles’ own vineyard, to make a barrel each of the varietals. It was a stunning amateur effort.
In April of 2004, Napeequa Vintners became a bonded and licensed winery.
The winery chose its name from one of the most breathtaking and picturesque places in the Washington Cascades, the Napeequa River Valley. The valley name comes from the renaming by A.H. Sylvester (Wenatchee Forest District supervisor (1908-1931)) of the North Fork of the White River to the ‘Napeequa River’. The name is Salishan for white water, due to the river’s glacial silt.
In January 2010, Dave Morris became the sole owner of Napeequa Vintners. His passion and pursuit is to create wines without compromise. And to make the all-important connection between his wines and people who enjoy them.
“I have yet to make the wine that’s in my mind’s eye. And there lies the intrigue.”
~ David Morris, Winemaker
18820 Beaver valley Road
Plain, WA 98226