trail blazing

Thursday, November 19, 2009

In “Winery Trails of the Pacific Northwest” the late Tom Stockley set out to write “a complete guide to the wineries of Washington, Oregon & British Columbia.” Written in 1975, the book included black and white label reproductions for each of its 25 entries. Among them were eight from Washington – Alhambra, Associated Vintners (now Columbia), Bingen, Hinzerling, Manfred Vierthaler, Preston, Puyallup Valley and Ste. Michelle. Four survive among the more than 650 Washington wineries today.

Interesting that there is a second Ste. Michelle winery listed in the book – this one in British Columbia. Washington’s Ste. Michelle just hit the headlines for two quite prestigious awards. The Wine Enthusiast has named CEO Ted Baseler its Person of the Year. And the Wine Spectator has named the 2005 Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon its Wine of the Year.

That’s a lot of trail blazing in less than 35 years.

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