There’s something slightly embarrassing about me,that only a few close friends know. I turn into a wimpering “groupie” around wine makers that I admire. I have been next to famous sports figures and movie stars without much of a reaction from me, but when I meet what I consider a famous winemaker; they just about have to call security. Charles Smith is one of those wine makers.
Charles Smith grew up just outside of Sacramento, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In 1999, he moved to the Pacific Northwest, opening a wine shop on Bainbridge Island, just across the Puget Sound from downtown Seattle. On a road trip in late 1999, he met a young Frenchman and winemaker in Walla Walla .The two men discovered their common passion for great Syrah and Charles was eventually convinced to move there and make his own juice. In 2001, Charles released 330 cases of his first wine, the 1999 K Syrah. The Walla Walla Valley was now his home.
Last year, Charles opened Jet City, a 30,000 square foot urban winery located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. This expansive, one-of-a-kind winery occupies the space that was formerly a Dr. Pepper bottling plant.
A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true artisan and pioneer. In 2008, K Vintners was recognized by Wine & Spirits magazine as one of the “Best New Wineries of the Last Ten Years,” and as “Winery of the Year” in their annual buying guide. In 2009 Food & Wine magazine awarded Charles “Winemaker of the Year” and in 2010
Seattle Magazine recognized Charles as their “Winemaker of the Year.”
For the next two months we will be floor stacking Charles Smith’s incredible Washington wines. The labels are easily recognized and there will also be new additions for you to try.
Check these out- you’ll understand why I almost get weak in the knees thinking about Charles Smith and his wines.