Charles Smith, winemaker and owner is well recognized as one of the top terriorists (not to be confused with terrorist) in the country. He uses grapes from all over the Columbia Valley blending his wines like an artist. He uses only natural yeasts to ferment.
Aromas: Pears and orange blossom in the nose. Great balance of fruit, minerality, and acid. Lush fruit on palate, great stream of acidity.
Body: medium to full
Color: golden yellow
From their website: “This fantastic viognier is pure balance and mineral.”
The Winery: Located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla Washington, K Vintners opened its doors to the public on December 3rd, 2001. The property at 820 Mill Creek Road where the winery sits was homesteaded in 1853 with the adjacent farmhouse built in 1872. The winery grounds with Titus Creek flowing through the lawn and the old pioneer planted trees, is a little slice of heartland Americana.
The Winemaker: He loves to drink wine! Charles Smith, proprietor and winemaker, comes to Walla Walla after 11 years in Scandinavia. Originally from northern California, he has been involved with wine personally and professionally his whole life.
Woehler on Wine: K Vintners - By Bob Woehler, Wine Press Northwest tasting editor
excerpts from the article dated 5/13/09
“K Vintners of Walla Walla has made quite a splash at its modest, down-home winery along scenic Mill Creek Road. Not only does owner Charles Smith make some excellent wines, but he also does it with a certain amount of panache. His labels are in large, simple black and white type with lot of whimsy front and back… But there is nothing whimsical about the wines, which are balanced and tasty. And seven of his wines are in the $12 to $20 range…. Surprisingly, Smith is one of the largest producing wineries in the Walla Walla area, with 6,000 cases for K Vintners, 70,000 cases for the Charles Smith label and 150,000 cases from the famous Steak House and Fish House labels under Magnificent Wine Co. … Many of the K Vintners and Charles Smith wines are made at the Milbrandt brothers facility near Mattawa…”
Eat with: sautéed Alaskan halibut, yukon potato purée, leek confit & crawfish-brandy reduction
Video of Proprietor, Charles Smith: