Kit is a talented and technically astute artisan winemaker whose latest forte is hand-crafting fine wines that appeal to wine enthusiasts from Generation-y neophytes to Baby Boomer connoisseurs.
Having an affinity for wine over the years and enjoying many different wines, Kit discovered the pleasures of wine while in college. Inspiration to become a winemaker came during his numerous travels to the Napa and Sonoma, fascination in the artistic process of making wine and fastidiously studying each and every book he can find on winemaking.
Kit’s viticulture and enology education includes taking classes at South Seattle Community College and at the University of California at Davis. He interned at South Seattle Community College, Seattle and DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Washington and taught wine science at South Seattle Community College. In addition, Kit went to dental school where he earned a DDS.
Utilizing his undergraduate work in Chemistry and deep-rooted science background, Kit oversees every aspect of winemaking at Lauren Ashton Cellars. He is a hands-on operator, choosing the grapes and barrels while continuously and obsessively monitoring the process of each wine barrel progression. “I look at where the grapes are coming from and want to express the grapes themselves with little intervention. I believe you have to start with great grapes, you have to taste the grapes often and guide the grapes through the vinification process, stated Kit.”
Kit is a perfectionist who takes great pride in the production of every bottle of his hand-crafted wines and is a notable winemaker to watch in Washington winemaking.