Director of Winemaking
"The genesis of Bear Creek in the heady years post Prohibition was remarkable. The history and character that defines our winery is on display every day. Its transformation from dessert wine and brandy producer to cutting edge winery is amazing. Our customers know this, and that is why they continue to purchase our wines. Our goal is constant improvement and we take pride in implementing new ideas and techniques each and every year." - Dave Crippen
David has a colorful and distinguished foundation in the wine business. After earning his B.S in Biological Sciences and M.S in Enology-Food Science from University of California, Davis, he jumped right into his career, starting at Kendall Jackson as their Enologist and bottling Line Manager.
David joined the Bear Creek Family in 2018 as the Director of Winemaking. His portfolio includes vast experience in the industry. He has worked for Covey Run Vintners in Washington as a Winemaker/ GM, Steele Wines as their chief Enologist, Renwood Winery as Director of Winemaking and Gnekow Family Winery as General Manager/ National Sales.
David has been heavily involved in all aspects of the wine business throughout his years. He was a founding member of ASEV Northwest Chapter and remains a member of ASEV today. He has spent time participating in many organizations. Davis Enology and Viniculture Club, Chamber of Commerce Treasurer in Zillah WA, Auction of Washington Wines, Technical Committee for the American Vintners Association, World Vinifera Conference, Amador Vintners Association Board of Directors and Lake County Winegrowers. He has been a judge for Lodi Amateur Vintners Association and California State Wine Competition. David has even been a guest lecturer for CSU Fresno State.
When Dave does have down time, you will find him attending concerts, competition target shooting or hanging out with his wife, Susan, and their two daughters, Juile and Katie.