Life—In a bottle
"Fashions fade, style is eternal." —Yves Saint Laurent
Founded by Dawn Kammer, Mary Tuuri Derby, and Judith Shulman in 2010, DaMa has evolved from just a little dream to a powerhouse of women in Washington wine. As Dawn moved on to move new mountains, Mary and Judith gave DaMa an evolutionary kick of its own and hired respected consulting winemaker Ali Mayfield to assist in taking to a new plane the alluring, yet approachable, wines DaMa has become known for.
“Collaboration is a win/win situation. I’ve never collaborated with people on something that’s not powerful. To me, that’s what DaMa is about,” says Mary.
As anyone who loves wine knows, making great wines does not come easy. Winemaking has been called an art, it’s also been compared to pregnancy, and just as with both of those, there are good times and there are bad times. It’s the twists, turns, and blindsides that sometimes smash us, sometimes delight us, but always, always keep us evolving. Courage, collaboration and community are what keep us growing.
Mary Tuuri Derby is an artist, idealist and dreamer—a magician who feels she can always pull something positive out of nothing.
Ali honed her craft alongside worldly wine luminaries Gilles Nicault, Kendall Mix, Claude Gros and the late, great Stan Clarke.
“Trailblazer” is an apt descriptor for Judith. Judith graduated from Yale School of Law and has been a partner in a major Seattle law firm — all while raising two children.
The DaMa Story
As any wine lover can attest, sometimes the most exceptional results come from an unorthodox combination.