Happy New Year 2016 and looking forward

New Label
Our new label design

Many of you know me and have been loyal customers for many years. As some of you know, we have been making wine commercially since 2005 and as an avid amateur since 1998 which is almost 18 years. Way back when I got bitten by the wine bug, I had an idealistic dream to have an estate grown winery here in the Puget Sound. Puget Sound wines have something special to them that remind me of my favorite European wines and I felt compelled to jump in. I never had any aspirations to sell a lot of wine, just produce a few hundred cases and sell it out of the winery as a part time job.

Things changed and I got caught up in all the hoopla with the wine industry and Becky and I decided to go big. In fact, in 2010 we made 1500 cases of Eastern Washington wines. But with two little boys and the recession hit us and sales took a nosedive around that time. Becky and I both had to go back to work full time to support the family. But I never gave up on my vineyard, although I wanted to rip it out several times.

Now it’s 2016 and we’ve paid off some debt and both have good paying jobs. The kids are in their teens and don’t require as much attention as before and after some soul searching we’ve decided to keep the vineyard and going and go back to our roots as estate only winemakers. There won’t be a lot of wine, maybe as much as 200 cases. I won’t have a lot of time to sell it but it will be something that is unique in Woodinville. The only working vineyard in Woodinville!

To that end, you can see our new label (pending approval by the TTB) above and we will kick off the new year with a release of our 2014 Chardonnay. We will also have some 2012 Pinot for sale too. For all of you that loved my Eastern Washington wines, we still have plenty to sell and we will be discounting those as before to move them out of the winery. Watch for a future email.

The weather predictions for 2016 are looking pretty good this year. El Nino will still be with us for a few months. January is starting off dry and cold, but there was plenty of rain in November and December for a whole winter.

I love the wines we can make here in the Puget Sound. I plan to continue my experimentation with new varieties and growing techniques and plan to double down on my quality in the vineyard to ensure success in the coming years.

Look for future release dates and I think you love what is coming!