|The operation at Chateau Ste. Michelle, the oldest of the wineries, is massive.|
|Tasting room at Martedi Wines, a much smaller winery that has|
just one winemaker working in a warehouse rather than a "chateau."
|Chairs custom-made from worn-out wine barrels at Martedi Wines.|
|At Woodhouse Wine Estates -- another warehouse winery -- we tasted two fabulous Alsatian-style Rieslings.|
The winemaker, Jean Claude Beck, talked to us quite a bit. Beck comes from Alsace where his family has been making wine since the 16th century.
|Lobo Hills Winery, our last stop -- also in a warehouse.|
|Lobo Hills Winery tasting room.|
|Our excellent wine guide and driver Donna from Bon Vivant Tours.|
Some wineries own their own vineyards, while others contract with the growers to purchase grapes. The excellent Alsatian-style wine at Woodhouse Wine Estates, for example, is made from grapes grown in exactly the same location each year -- specifically, the same rows of vines. Jean Claude Beck, the winemaker, explained to us how he collaborates with the grower to produce the desired quality of grapes. After the harvest Beck works in a winery near the vineyards, and brings the new wine in casks to the Woodinville warehouse for aging, for wine tasting, and for sales.