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Ruth Lewandowski Wines are all natural, organic, unfiltered, and unfined wines. While the grapes are grown in Mendocino Country, California, the winemaking process takes place in Utah. Ultimately, the end goal is to plant and grow 100% of the grapes in Utah.
Evan Lewandowski moved to Utah to attend the University of Utah and ski. During this time he fell in love with Utah and decided to stay after graduation. He acquired a passion for wine and a dream of becoming a winemaker while working at the wine bar known as The Spotted Frog (since closed). This is where Evan met Zev Rovine. Zev is currently a natural wine importer but was the owner of The Spotted Frog at this time. Zev became Evan’s mentor and encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming a winemaker.
Evan left Utah to work at wineries around the world: Tenute Loacker, Torbreck, Cape Jaffa Wines, L’Ecole No. 41, Quintessa Winery, Bodega Colome, Quivira Vineyards, Oakvale Wines, and finally Domaine Binner. While in Washington, he earned a degree at The Walla Walla Institute for Viticulture and Enology. In 2012, after working at Binner’s in Alsace for several years, Evan Lewandowski moved back to Utah to start his own winery.
Why Utah? Evan intends to live in Utah for the rest of his life. Based on his winemaking experience and knowledge, Evan believes the combination of Utah’s climate and soils (sandstone, limestone and shale) will make world-class wines. The objective is to plant and own vineyards in Utah within a couple years. However, without current access to quality Utah vines, Evan purchases grapes from conscientious growers of old, organic, dry-farmed and somewhat more obscure grape varieties. He sources fruit from Fox Hill Vineyard and Testa Vineyard in Mendocino County. The fermentation begins in California and then is transported using a refrigerated U-Haul to his home in Salt Lake City. Fermentation, aging and bottling is completed in Utah. The wines are naturally made to showcase the true expression of the Mendocino terroir. No additives are used: no acid, no sugar, no water, no tannin, no filtration, and no cultured yeast. Low or no sulfur is used according to the cuvee.
Who is Ruth? Ruth is not the name of Evan’s mother. In fact, it is the name of Evan’s favorite book in the Bible. The book of Ruth is a great depiction of death and redemption. Much of Evan’s philosophy of farming and, in turn, winemaking is derived from this cycle of death and redemption (both in the physical realm one can see and the spiritual realm one often does not). Death is, indeed, the engine of life. Nothing that is alive today could be so without something having died first. The label names of the Ruth Lewandowski wines come from the book. The labels for the wines also show the death of each animal and the life springing forth because of it.