Naturally with so much emphasis on wine cabinets, we have a few good contacts in the wine industry and one my closest contacts is Frank Michaels of Eight Bells Winery. Frank's daughters and mine grew up together, and we were in the YMCA program of dads and daughters which originally was called "Indian Princess" till they thought that name was poitically incorrect and changed it to "navigators". We later went on a trek in the Peruvian Highlands together with 3 of my girls and one of his.
In any case, when Frank retired, he really didn't retire, but formed a winery with 2 other men who had been making wine for over 25 years and they named it "Eight Bells Winery".
here is a report on their wine:
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate June edition came out with Jeb Dunnuck's review of Washington wines. Attached to this email is what Jeb had to say about the four wines Eight Bells submitted for this article. Eight Bells was lucky to be included in the approximately125 Washington wineries invited to make submissions. In case you do not have the time to read the attachment, a quick report on the results:
1. Eight Bells 2010 Clonal Block Red Willow Syrah: 93 pts. (sold out)
2. Eight Bells 2010 David's Block Red Willow Cabernet: 93 pts.
3. Eight Bells 2010 Barrel Select Red Mountain Cabernet: 92 pts.
4. Eight Bells 2010 Red Willow Syrah: 91 pts.