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Food & dining

Kip Kumler says eat, drink, and don’t get too analytical

When Kip Kumler left the business world for winemaking in 1997, he had no background in viniculture. “I didn’t have any preparation, I would say, for what I’m doing now,” he says. “I just became more and more interested in it and I read everything I could read and then I began traveling and talking to winemakers in California and around the Finger Lakes and then eventually in Burgundy and Germany and Alsace.”

By 1999, Kumler had secured a commercial license and founded Turtle Creek Winery in Lincoln, which now produces about 1,200 cases of wine annually; the vineyard is exactly the size he likes and prefers to remain. “I have no interest in expanding. If I try and be bigger than that, there’s financial pressure obviously, but I would end up managing people instead of treating this as a craft, which was the whole idea.” His wines are available in 40 area stores and 20 restaurants, including The Four Seasons, Ten Tables, and Il Casale in Belmont.

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