Like Dad, like daughter! Susie Selby’s winemaking mentor was her father, Dr. Dave Selby M.D. a sculptor and Viet Nam war hero who learned about classic old-world wines on his regular working trips as a surgeon to Europe – inspiring Susie to pursue wine as a career. Susie went from tasting room, to cellar master, assistant winemaker and eventually to winemaker for a larger winery. There’s no holding back born-in talent and drive.
Meanwhile, the Selby label was founded in 1994, a collaboration of Susie and her Dallas resident parents. Then, after her father’s untimely passing in 1997, Susie decided to go it alone to keep the winery going through sheer hard work and determination as winemaker/owner of the Selby winery operation.
And, as it turned out, a winemaker extraordinaire at that, as evidenced by all her awards accolades and the following she has built among aficionados, and fellow winemaker friends. The Selby lineup is a diverse assortment of classic small-production varietals, including a selection of Zinfandels from Sonoma County vineyards in Dry Creek, Russian River, and Alexander valleys.
Susie’s expressively-styled Zinfandels and other wines can be tasted and purchased by reservation at the winery’s tasting room – the oldest one in downtown Healdsburg. Look in particular for Selby’s Old Vines Zinfandel, Otto’s Block Zinfandel, and her voluptuous “Bobcat” Zinfandel.