The husband and wife team of Deborah and Steve De Long combined their mutual enthusiasm for both wine and design when they started work on their first product, the Wine Grape Varietal Table. Visual people by trade - Deborah, a textiles designer and Steve, an architect - the table helped them to make sense of the vast and often confusing world of wine grape varieties.
What started out as a geeky hobby has grown into a full time business that includes critically acclaimed wine maps and tasting notebooks. Great care goes into the research, design and production of all products.
Steve grew up in Oregon wine country which gave him hopeless earnestness and belief in the superiority of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. He is President of the Wine Century Club and has traveled extensively to taste weird grapes. He attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University in New York.
Steve's Desert Island Six*:
Deborah was born in England and grew up in Hong Kong where her father served and collected fine clarets. Bordeaux is no longer on her short list as she is currently in a protracted "white period." She attended Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
Deborah's Desert Island Six*:
*Desert Island Sixes are a mixed half case of the wines that you would want if stranded on a desert island. They may not be the greatest you've ever tasted but ones that you won't tire of (you may be on that island for a while!). Vintages are not given - these are wines that are enjoyed even in bad years. It can be tricky to narrow it down to six (a few bottles may have to be thrown overboard!). Come up with your own - it's a fun way to take a snapshot of your taste in wine!