Waxwing Wines

Winemaker and Proprietor of Waxwing Wines, Scott Sisemore, uses traditional methods to craft limited-production wines using the varietals he knows and loves, particularly Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Riesling from cooler vineyards near the California coast – Sonoma Coast, Santa Cruz, Santa Lucia Highlands.

From cellar work to lab work to winemaking, Scott has over 23 years of experience in the Northern California wine industry. Leveraging his B.S. in microbiology and an M.S. in viticulture and enology from UC-Davis, be built on his premium red winemaking techniques from jobs at Ravenswood Winery, Rosenblum Cellars and as the associate winemaker at Pelligrini Family Vineyards. He has also made wine abroad in India and Chile.

In 2006, Scott left his commercial winemaking job to stay home with his newborn son. Using this as a chance to develop hand-crafted,ultra-small-lot wines, Scott founded Waxwing Wines. What started as 50 cases of wine in 2007 is now closer to 1,000 cases a year.


In his own cellar Scott is fairly hands off and takes a minimalistic approach to winemaking. His goal with Waxwing is to produce supple wines with depth and integrity, bright acidity and compelling aromas and delicious flavors – the wines you want to keep drinking after you have pushed everything else away.

Why “Waxwing”? Cedar Waxwings are North American songbirds named after the unique red wax-like tips on their wing feathers. This attractive bird also bears a distinctive black mask, silky-sleek gray and beige plumage, a feathery crest and a bright yellow band across their tails. Waxwing Wines strives to make wine as beautiful as this native species.

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