The DAMA (r)Evolution
In 2000 Mary Tuuri Derby and her husband Devin Derby got their start in Washington wine by creating the indelible brand and wines of nationally lauded Spring Valley Vineyard. Devin’s unexpected death in 2004 sent shockwaves through Mary’s life and left her wondering how best to support herself and her young son. Collaboration and community made the decision for her when nine Walla Walla wineries got together and donated a large quantity of wine, a “very large barrel of love,” says Mary, that ultimately became the beginnings of DAMA.
In 2007 Mary took that love and, along with friend Dawn Kammer, created DAMA Wines. As one of Washington state’s only women-owned wineries, the brand quickly became known for creating alluring, yet approachable, award-winning wines. In 2012, Dawn left DAMA to return to her native California and new partner Judith Shulman came on board.
As a successful businesswoman, accomplished lawyer and mom of two, Judith’s broad business experience melded perfectly with Mary’s knowledge of the wine industry. Together they aim to move DAMA from a small boutique winery to a power brand recognized for its flagship wines: flirty Cowgirl Cab, seductive DAMAnation, and the bold “Red Dress” labels.
Mary Tuuri Derby is an artist, idealist and dreamer—a magician who feels she can always pull something positive out of nothing.