The beginnings of Lookout Point Winery go all the way back to the 1970’s when I used to spend hours reading Hugh Johnson’s “World Atlas of Wine” as a nerdy 10-year-old. I found the illustrations of the wine making process and the grape plant root systems fascinating. It started a curiosity that grew as an adult and I slowly began to tolerate the taste of wine, and then grew to appreciate it.
Appreciation truly happened one night when Ivone and I were invited to the tiny apartment of a friend of hers in Paris. Her husband, as I remember him, seemed to have prepared a lesson in French wine for us. I remember him excitedly opening bottle after bottle for us to taste, each quite different and complex. Though it was a great experience, I worried that it was wasted on me as I had no reference for all the intriguing flavors I remembered.
That was until we moved to Yakima in 2000. On our first visit we met Mike and Joy Clark who were starting Selah Heights Winery and they became great friends and mentors. We also moved next door to a home winemaker who was also a board member of the Yakima Enological Society. It did not take me long to get more seriously interested.