Dead Crow Wines

Dead Crow Wines

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. If you love wine, and let’s face who doesn’t, living in Washington state has its advantages with a wine industry that’s flourishing.

But, one thing I’ve noticed from the 1,000-plus wineries in our state, is the creativity isn’t confined to the tastes, but also some of the names.

One that caught my eye is the curiously named, “Dead Crow.”

So, I asked Dead Crow winemaker Cam McNeill, how on earth did you come up with that name …

McNEILL … “Well, the honest truth of the matter is we had crows that were killing all the birds around the vineyard, all the quail, all the baby quail, the eggs, the chicks, baby doves, the baby finches, the baby hummingbirds, and so we decided to eliminate at least one crow and put it out as an example to the other crows. And, you know how smart they are! They figured it out.”

And? …

McNEILL … “And so, they stayed away, so our bird population just flourished.”

So, Cam, how long have you been producing Dead Crow?

McNEILL-3 … “We started making wine about 12 years ago, but we just started marketing two-and-a-half years ago.”

McNeill says if you’re interested in purchasing some Dead Crow, there’s one way …

McNEILL … “Online! We just sell cellar direct. No tasting room. We ship in Washington state. Actually, we ship almost everywhere, but we just send it to the Seattle area typically freight free.”

And your varieties?

McNEILL … “Just old vine cab sauv and 100% Mourvèdre, so Mourvèds and Cab Sauv.”

Tried both and they are delicious. Dead Crow wines can be found at

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