October 14, 2002
Columbia Winery celebrates 40 years
Columbia Winery, is hosting a 40th anniversary celebration Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 14030 NE 145th Street in Woodinville.
The celebration will include music, refreshments, raffle drawings and a special tasting of award-winning Columbia Winery wines.
Columbia Winery (www.columbiawinery.com) was founded in 1962 by ten friends, six of whom were University of Washington professors.
Originally known as Associated Vintner, the group was united in the belief that classic European vinifera wines could survive the harsh Washington winters and that world-class wine could be made in Washington state. This was the same year that the Space Needle, Seattle's most renowned landmark, was built for the Seattle World's Fair.
David Lake joined Columbia Winery in 1979 as a winemaker and has continued the pioneering spirit of Columbia Winery's founders. Lake is renowned for his experimentation with grape varieties and for producing the first range of vineyard-designed wines in Washington state.
He introduced several varietals to Washington state, including Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Gris.