Helen Turley

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Helen Turley is an American winemaker and wine consultant, known for bringing several Californian cult wines to the public awareness, and as the owner of a 20-acre (8.1 ha) boutique winery, Marcassin Vineyard.[1]

Turley has also fostered other consultants, such as Mark Aubert, Philippe Melka, and Heidi Barrett.[2] In addition to consulting for wineries such as Pahlmeyer, Bryant Family Vineyard, Colgin, Martinelli and Blankiet,[2] [3] until 1995, she was the winemaker for Turley Wine Cellars.[4][5]


In 2001, the Roy Estate hired Turley and her husband, John Wetlaufer, to design their 17-acre (6.9 ha) Napa Valley vineyard and for Turley to serve as consulting winemaker. After making Roy Estate's 2003 & 2004 vintages, Turley canceled the arrangement in March 2005. The following September, the owners of Roy Estate filed a lawsuit against Turley and Wetlaufer alleging breach of contract. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court in May 2006.[6]

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  1. ^ Essex, Andrew, Food & Wine (October 1999). "American Wine Awards 1999". 
  2. ^ a b Parker, Robert M, Jr, Food & Wine (September 2008). "Robert Parker on Wine Trends: The Rise of the Winemaking Consultant". 
  3. ^ Laube, James (July 31, 2010). "The Marcassin Way". Wine Spectator. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Nigro, Dana, Wine Spectator (November 15, 2004). "Winemaker: Helen Turley". 
  5. ^ calwineries.com Helen Turley
  6. ^ Penn, Cyril, San Francisco Chronicle, (June 8, 2006), Washington's largest wine company buys one of Oregon's oldest