Winemaker Tim Drake
Tim Drake joined Flat Creek Estate as winemaker & vineyard
manager just in time for Vintage 2011. Tim’s expertise,
talent…and personality…add to the depth of our team. Trust
Tim to follow in the tradition of crafting wines of distinction
here at Flat Creek Estate.
Winemaking has been a journey for Tim Drake and his family from
the very beginning. A journey that was never intended to be about
wine, yet fate had other plans.
Tim was born and raised around the greater Seattle area in
Washington state. He put himself through college by working a
variety of service industry jobs, from Barista to Alaska fisherman,
Tim has done a little of everything...just ask him!
Upon graduating from the University of Washington with a degree
in Chemistry, Tim and his family moved to a small town in Oregon.
It was there that he answered an ad in the local paper for a job
with Columbia Crest Winery. Why not? They liked wine, and the
“perks” of working in a winery aren't too shabby! That ad was the
seed of what would grow into a lifetime love of everything
The moment Tim took in the intoxicating smell of barrels that
fills the cellar something clicked deep in his soul. He threw
himself into learning all he could about each aspect of winemaking.
Transferring to the white wine facility of Chateau St. Michelle in
Woodinville, WA was the next key step of the journey.
After several years honing his cellar skills and absorbing the
techniques required to craft beautiful world-class white wine, Tim
set his sights on reds…not just any red wine but red wines of
distinction. Reds that speak to your soul and tell you about the
places they've been. Reds that have both power and grace. Reds that
possess finesse and strength.
The Woodinville wine scene was entering a phenomenal explosion
which allowed Tim the opportunity to learn, grow, and share his
deepening knowledge of wine. Tim became part of “the gang” of
friends & talented winemakers that were producing the
distinctive reds of which he dreamed.
It wasn't long before Tim moved into winemaking and consulting
independently. Since then, he has developed his own sense of style
and philosophy where winemaking is concerned, and has gained the
respect of his peers. After working for over a decade with many
well respected wineries in the area, including Mathews Cellars, JM
Cellars, and Page Cellars, fate decided it was time for a new
Tim and his wife, Spring, had traveled to Texas a number of
times to visit Spring's family. Over the course of those trips,
they found themselves enchanted by the people, the terrain, and the
climate. But most of all, they were drawn to the pride Texans have
They both felt they wanted something different than a non-stop
city life for their children, and they had long been searching for
the place that felt like home. So, in March of 2010, in a leap of
faith, they made the move to Texas and found what they had been
Tim immediately entrenched himself in learning what sets Texas
wine apart from the rest of the world. After spending a year
traveling all over our great state and establishing themselves as a
part of the Texas wine community (or as we like to say “Family”),
they found a place to land at Flat Creek Estate.
Tim looks forward to coaxing the best out of the grapes here at
Flat Creek Estate and hopes that you will join him in discovering
the terroir and soul in every glass! Don't be surprised to see him
wandering around the cellar, apparently muttering to himself. He's
just asking the wines who they want to be. Feel free to ask him
what they're saying, as he's more than happy to translate for