Great stories often accompany wine brands and labels but only great wine will get me or anyone to have a second glass. Charles Smith wines present the perfect marriage of story and quality. In his youth Charles craved world travel and at his first opportunity he left California for Denmark. For the next nine years he managed rock and concert tours throughout Europe where he developed a passion for wine. Eventually he returned to the United States where he operated a wine shop near Seattle. After a chance encounter with a winemaker while in Walla Walla he was convinced to make wine of his own. In 2001 Charles released 330 cases of K Syrah, which was the beginning of this self-taught winemaker’s career in producing wine.
His K Vintners wines are excellent wines and are still available in limited quantities today. However, in 2006 Charles was struck with the idea that the great majority of wine consumers drinks wine for today and has no intention of aging their wine. He launched Charles Smith wines at this point with the idea of making wines true to their variety of grape, and ready to drink without delay. Today he makes five Charles Smith wines that are readily available: Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon, Eve Chardonnay, The Velvet Devil Merlot, Boom Boom! Syrah and Kung Fu Girl Riesling. Speaking of stories, each of these wines’ names undoubtedly comes with their own tales; may I suggest grabbing a bottle and a glass and starting your own story?
Until next time – Cheers!
Coborn’s Liquor Division Assistant Manager
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