The Spokesman Review
November 5, 2019
When Mike Sauer planted Washington’s first syrah vines in 1986, he likely had no idea that Red Willow Vineyard was launching a revolution that would alter the landscape for winemakers and growers throughout the state.
His winemaking friend at Columbia Winery, the late David Lake, made arrangements to get plant material from California in late 1984. Sauer established them in his nursery in 1985, then established 3 acres of syrah at Red Willow.
“I paid $1 a cutting, which was a pretty good price for just sticks,” Sauer said. “That was a big purchase for us.” Lake, a Master of Wine who was born in London, England, to Canadian parents, proved prescient… read entire article featuring Woodinville Wine Country’s Dusted Valley and Sol Stone Winery on The Spokesman Review
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