While planning for retirement we discussed the possibility of owning a vineyard or winery. It is important to acknowledge the word “or” in the previous sentence. Its relevance will become clear later in our story. Although we enjoyed wine and knew about it from the consumer’s perspective, we didn’t really know what owning a vineyard or winery really meant. In 2002, we started doing our homework.
We found a wealth of knowledge on the Internet and read every book we could find on viticulture (growing grapes) and winemaking. Still eager to learn more, we came across South Seattle Community College which offered a number of classes we could attend to fill in the gaps in our book knowledge. The first classes we took were in the fall of 2004. Like a fish grabbing a lure, we were hooked.