Jim & Betsy Dolphin: Jim began his obsession with making wine in 1998 as a home winemaker and by 2005 he was making 28 different wines in the basement of their home. It was time to make the step and find land to grow grapes and start living the dream. After an exhaustive search of land in several counties the current location of the vineyards and winery was purchased in 2007. Jim’s immediately began reaching out to Virginia growers to purchase fruit. Criteria was important to him in that the vineyard management had to meet the standards for making outstanding wine. Low yields and meticulous viticulture management. Jim and Betsy have worked together on every phase of the development of Delaplane Cellars over the past eleven years.
Jessica Huseby: A flight attendant on furlough looking for something interesting to do quickly became our Tasting Room Manager. Her training as a flight attendant made her the perfect candidate for this position. Cool and calm under pressure with incredible customer service skills. In 2017 Jessica moved into the role of Club Manager for all the clubs.
Bridgette Wells: Bridgette studied Psychology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia which initially led her to pursue Early Childhood Development. She then realized her passion for working with people while overseeing sales in commercial advertising. This passion and sales experience fostered the perfect opportunity to start a career in the Virginia wine industry in 2015. Bridgette joined the Delaplane Cellars team in March of 2017 as our Tasting Room Manager and is currently studying for the Certified Specialist of Wine Exam. She loves to educate herself and others about wine, viticulture and production.
Rick Tagg: Associate Winegrower
Most of our Wine Consultants are part-time and come from various businesses in the Washington DC area. They enjoy pouring wine in our tasting room as it affords them an opportunity to continue their education on wine and food and meet interesting people visiting our winery.