For almost 20 years one of my favorite wineries has been Owen Roe. I was so excited to learn that my neighbors Ben and Julie Wolff partnered with David O’Reilly the founder of Owen Roe to bring another location here to Washington. agoodyear is excited to have Owen Roe in our December shipment! David has been kind enough to sign each bottle of the 2015 Rosa Mystica Cabernet Franc.
At Owen Roe, we are committed to practicing the highest standards of winemaking. Since our first vintage in 1999, our goal has been simple; to produce beautiful wines from superior sites in the Pacific Northwest. A place where the fruit ripens slowly and fully, resulting in excellent acidity and balance. All of our grapes are hand harvested, handled with minimal processing, small-lot fermented and aged in French oak barrels.
Since the moment I became interested in wine I knew I wanted to start my own winery. As I learned more about viticulture and enology the more I became obsessed with the process, rather than the product. That’s the inspiration for me as a winemaker, perfecting the process. I would also have to say that my wife was the impetus behind getting our label started. I didn’t know how I was going to pay for it or how to begin but my wife, Brooke, convinced me that we would find a way and to just go for it!
How did the winery decide on the name “JB Neufeld”? My wife and I brainstormed on names. We tried to get creative but hated everything we came up with. None of it was really us. I knew I wanted my last name as part of it, as homage to my Grandfather, even if no one can pronounce Neufeld! A little bit of the past and a little bit of the present, the J is for me, and the B is for my wife Brooke.
Brad Binko is a former East Coast sommelier who graduated from Walla Walla Community College's winemaking program and began winning gold medals for his wines two weeks later.
So far, Binko’s wines are distributed no farther west than the Tri-Cities, but he anticipates that changing as his production rises. His first 250 cases sold out in a matter of months, and his goal is to increase production to 10,000 cases in the next few years. We are very excited to bring his amazing juice to agoodyear wine club!
Mark Ryan McNeilly founded Mark Ryan Winery in 1999 with the goal of making the best wines in Washington State. Largely self-taught, Mark honed the craft of winemaking through rigorous study and the welcomed advice of some of the area's most experienced producers.
In the early years the winery was transient. The first vintages of Long Haul and Dead Horse were produced crushed and pressed in garages of friends and family, barrels aged in warehouses in the Seattle Area, and finally settling in Woodinville, WA in 2003.
Over a decade later, Mark Ryan Winery has grown in size, earned acclaim from wine-lovers and critics alike, and garnered respect from the state's elite producers. The goal, however, remains the same. Make delicious wines that represent the vineyard from which they come, making every vintage better than the last…