Introducing: House of Smith

Winemaker Charles Smith in a beanie.

 “House of Smith embodies everything I’ve done and everything I will do in the future. This is where all my work lives.” – Charles Smith

For more than twenty years, Charles has made his mark as a winemaker. He built Washington’s largest winemaker-owned winery. He’s the only person to win both Food & Wine and Wine Enthusiast‘s Winemaker of the Year title.  He continually releases countless high-scoring wines. All without wavering from his own unique, creative vision.

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The Substance Guide To:Holiday 2020 Wine Pairings

Ready or Not, it’s The Holiday Season!

An incredible Thanksgiving spread, on a table, seen from above. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, pumpkins, and most importantly -- wine! Two bottles and some glasses of red/white wine are seen too.

Whether donning a ‘festive’ sweater to get the gang together* or by taping an antler on your pup prepping for Grinch mode, it’s here. No matter how you feel about this time of year, an inarguable perk is a plethora of opportunities to stuff our faces with delicious foods. From traditional turkey and pie to sugar dusted cookies and those weird crab cakes puffs my aunt passes off as appetizers, ‘tis eating season.

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SIXTO: Resurrection & Realization

What do you do when you discover some old, abandoned Chardonnay vineyards essentially right in your backyard?

Four bottles of Sixto chardonnay
The Celebrated SIXTO Chardonnay Lineup

Not just any vineyards, either – these had been planted in mixed limestone, much like those of classic Burgundian wines, such as Puligny-Montrachet. Well, if you’re Charles Smith, the answer is obvious: you make great wine with it.

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Harvest of a Lifetime

A beautiful photo showing purple wine grapes lie upon some leaves on the dirt and a snake's shedded skin is atop the grapes. Green grapes in the background.Grapes and Snakes at the Powerline Vineyard, Washington State

“We finished crush Monday, so now we have to press…”

VP of Winemaking and Viticulture Brennon Leighton told me the other day. “Everyone is tired, but things have been great – it went extremely well.”

Yes, harvest 2020 is slowly winding down, tying a tight, juicy bow on what could have been a messy year. Despite numerous obstacles — COVID, wildfires, climate change — our Washington vineyards made it through not just unscathed, but actually better than expected.

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