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"Ini semua mungkin akan lebih baik jika kamu sedikit mabuk."

Tip ini datang saat Charles Smith mengisi ulang gelas saya dengan K Vintners Rosé 2014, salah satu dari lusinan teguk dari kerajaan anggurnya. Dia mendorong rekan penulis dan saya untuk tur Charles Smith Wines Jet City — sebagian kilang anggur, sebagian ruang pencicipan, penggalian baru Smith dengan hasrat khasnya.

Oenophiles menyalakan mesin Anda; ini adalah Tujuan “Minumlah.”

Sebagai pembuat anggur independen terbesar di Negara Bagian Washington (lebih dari 750.000 kasus diproduksi setiap tahun), Charles Smith beroperasi dengan prinsip "go big or go home". Dia menjadi besar di bekas kampung halamannya, Seattle, dengan memindahkan operasi Walla Walla-nya ke Georgetown. Di Charles Smith Wines Jet City, pabrik pembotolan Dr. Pepper tua telah diubah menjadi fasilitas pembuatan anggur kelas dunia. Smith berkolaborasi dengan Olsen Kundig Architects dan kontraktor Foushée and Associates untuk menciptakan ruang yang sejuk, industri, dan terinspirasi dari Northwest.

Ketika ditanya mengapa dia memilih Georgetown, Smith menjawab bahwa itu mengingatkannya “pada Seattle yang pertama kali saya kenal ketika saya tinggal di sini pada 1980-an.” Smith ingin melestarikan tradisi lingkungan sebagai "tanah pembuat dan perajin", yang ia junjung tinggi dengan mengundang pengunjung Jet City untuk menyaksikan proses pembuatan anggur dari ruang mencicipi di lantai 2.

Ingin menyaksikan pesawat mendarat saat Anda menyesap Syrah? Dua ruang pencicipan berbagi dinding jendela setinggi 21 kaki yang menakjubkan yang menghadap ke landasan pacu Boeing Field. Seolah diberi isyarat, sebuah pesawat mengaum di atas kepala, tampaknya menambahkan tanda seru pendengaran: Ini bukan bar anggur biasa! Kedekatan Jet City dengan Sea-Tac menjadikannya tempat perhentian sempurna untuk jalur bandara.


Perpindahan ke Seattle memperluas jangkauan Charles Smith Wines kepada mereka yang tidak dapat melakukan perjalanan 5 jam ke Walla Walla. Lebih dari pemasaran, Smith percaya anggurnya akan meningkat di daerah perkotaan mereka. Smith dan pembuat anggur Brennon Leighton menjelaskan bahwa dengan "kelembaban Seattle yang menurun, alkohol, alih-alih air, akan diuapkan;" kandungan alkohol yang lebih rendah memiliki potensi untuk "anggur yang lebih halus." Alasan lain untuk menghargai hari-hari kelabu Seattle.

Charles Smith telah memenangkan penghargaan—termasuk Pembuat Anggur Tahun Ini 2014 dari Penggemar Anggur—membuat anggur untuk masyarakat. Keyakinannya pada aksesibilitas anggur, bukan eksklusivitas, terbentuk saat bekerja sebagai seorang anak berusia 19 tahun di sebuah restoran Palm Springs. Di sana, dia dan para kapten ruang makan akan menyesap Sauvignon Blanc dingin yang mengandung banyak mineral yang disimpan dalam ember es untuk pesanan langsung. Smith berbagi, “Saya haus dan rasanya enak. Anggur datang kepada saya sebagai minuman yang menyegarkan.” Kisahnya mencakup etos 'hanya anggur, minumlah'. Untuk mendinginkan diri dari musim panas paling berkeringat di Seattle, Jet City menuangkan Sixto Chardonnay, salah satu merek butik Charles Smith yang memamerkan keahliannya dengan varian tunggal.

Untuk menjaga agar anggurnya mudah didekati, Charles Smith Wines menawarkan berbagai keterjangkauan. Dia menyamakan repertoarnya dengan Daniel Boulud, koki/restoran Prancis yang berbasis di New York. Restoran Boulud berkisar dari Daniel berbintang Michelin hingga bar burger haute, DBGB, yang dibuka Boulud sehingga orang lain dapat mengakses makanannya “bukan pada tingkat kualitas yang berbeda tetapi tingkat pengeluaran yang berbeda.” Seperti Boulud, Anda dapat mencicipi keahlian Smith di setiap anggaran, mulai dari Kung Fu Girl seharga $12 hingga menyeruput Royal City Syrah seharga $140.

Jet City Wines adalah perpanjangan dari pria di balik anggur yang menyandang namanya. Ruang ini mewujudkan perpaduan gaya, kesenangan, dan kualitas unggul Charles Smith. Sesuai dengan cara inovatif Smith, ia telah menciptakan tujuan mencicipi anggur unik yang merayakan tetangganya di Georgetown. Pasangkan merlot dengan taco mol dari Fonda La Catrina, Syrah dengan truffle Fran's Chocolates. Smith bahkan menyarankan pit stop Jet City untuk "pre-funk sebelum pertandingan Mariners." Anggur dan bisbol? Segalanya mungkin dengan Charles Smith.


Apa di Dunia yang Charles Smith Sampai Sekarang? Kunjungan ke Pabrik Anggur Kota Jet

Pabrik Anggur Jet City Charles Smith terletak di seberang Boeing Field yang bersejarah di lingkungan Georgetown yang berpasir namun trendi di Seattle.

Bangunan itu mulai hidup sebagai pabrik pembotolan Dr. Pepper. Ruang publik mencerminkan akar abad pertengahan struktur dan estetika khas Charles Smith, dengan banyak kaca, logam, dan kayu daur ulang. Ruang bawah tanahnya ramping, efisien, dan sangat bersih.

Sue dan saya bertemu dengan asisten peneliti veteran Ekonom Anggur Bonnie dan Richard beberapa minggu yang lalu di Sisters and Brothers, sebuah restoran kecil trendi yang membuat ayam panas Nashville yang lezat, tomat hijau goreng, dan hidangan selatan lainnya yang mengesankan, hanya beberapa langkah dari kilang anggur. Makanannya enak, tapi bukan itu alasan kami berada di sana. Misi kami, menindaklanjuti kolom minggu lalu, adalah mempelajari apa yang sedang dilakukan Charles Smith dan timnya saat ini dan ke mana arah mereka di masa depan.

Inovasi Teknis

Saya menjadi penasaran dengan Jet City Winery setahun yang lalu ketika saya membaca artikel tentangnya di Wines & Vines yang berfokus pada aspek teknis dari kilang anggur. Penulisnya, Andrew Adams, mewawancarai Brennon Leighton, direktur pembuatan anggur, dan melaporkan banyak inovasi dan fitur khusus dari fasilitas Jet City.

Salah satu inovasi yang secara khusus menarik perhatian saya adalah serangkaian fitur desain yang meminimalkan beberapa aspek “angkat berat” dari pekerjaan ruang bawah tanah sehingga perempuan tidak dirugikan dibandingkan laki-laki. “Ini adalah dunia yang cukup didominasi laki-laki di ruang bawah tanah,” Leighton memberi tahu Adams, “dan banyak dari itu berkaitan dengan banyak pekerjaan dengan tenaga kerja tinggi yang cukup kuat. Saya benar-benar ingin mengurangi tenaga kerja itu sehingga siapa pun dapat melakukan pekerjaan apa pun kapan saja.”
Tim kami menemukan bahwa ini hanyalah salah satu contoh perhatian ekstrem terhadap detail yang ada di mana-mana di Jet City.

Brennon Leighton adalah salah satu pembuat anggur paling dihormati di Washington. Dia bertugas membuat anggur putih (termasuk beberapa pembotolan Eroica yang spektakuler) di Chateau St. Michelle sebelum pindah ke butik bintang yang sedang naik daun Efeste. Charles Smith memikat Leighton, pertama sebagai konsultan dan kemudian sebagai direktur pembuatan anggur dan pemeliharaan anggur, yang bertanggung jawab atas rangkaian anggur yang dinamis. Itu adalah langkah yang sukses dilihat dari hasilnya.

Untunglah Leighton punya banyak energi, karena beban kerjanya cukup berat. Meskipun Constellation Brands telah membeli portofolio Charles Smith Wines yang mencakup Kung Fu Girl Riesling dan Boom Boom Syrah, misalnya, Smith, Leighton, dan tim masih terlibat langsung dan akan membantu Constellation meningkatkan produksi sambil mempertahankan kualitas.

Pabrik Anggur dengan Banyak Anggur

Ada banyak hal yang terjadi di sini (dan banyak anggur untuk dicicipi di Jet City). Jajaran produk Charles Smith saat ini berkisar dari jajaran anggur Vino “modernis” yang dibuat dengan varietas anggur Italia yang ditanam di Washington hingga anggur kebun anggur tunggal K Vinters yang ikonik dan dapat dikoleksi.

Sepertinya Charles Smith selalu siap dengan sesuatu yang baru dan dengan fasilitas Pabrik Anggur Jet City yang ramping, laju inovasi tampaknya telah dipercepat. Kami menemukan diri kami sangat tertarik dengan tiga label anggur yang relatif baru: Sixto, B.Leighton, dan Wines of Substance.

Anggur Sixto sebagian merupakan tanggapan terhadap kritik bahwa Washington tidak menghasilkan banyak Chardonnays yang luar biasa. Sixto Chardonnays menyoroti buah-buahan yang luar biasa dari beberapa situs yang dikelola dengan cermat bersama dengan pembuatan anggur yang presisi untuk menghasilkan anggur yang mengejutkan dan khas.

B.Leighton adalah lini anggur pribadi khas Brennon Leighton. Bonnie dan Richard terpesona oleh Gratitude, yang terinspirasi oleh anggur Bandol, dan Petit Verdot yang kami cicipi dari tong (Richard pergi dengan magnum).

The Wines of Substanace membuatku sedikit lengah. Charles Smith memiliki Terjual merek wine sebelumnya (House Wine to Precept, Kung Fu Girl dan yang lainnya ke Constellation), tetapi ini adalah satu-satunya merek yang pernah ia beli. Leighton menjelaskan bagaimana hal itu berkembang menjadi sesuatu yang istimewa. Dia dengan santai menyarankan agar kami mencoba Sauvignon Blanc dari Sunsent Vineyard di Ancient Lakes dan … wow! … anggur yang luar biasa. Lebih banyak Prancis daripada Washington. Unik.

Banyak Anggur di dalam Anggur

Kemudian dia menuangkan Cabernet Sauvignon, yang dijual seharga $17 di kilang anggur (saya melihatnya lebih murah di Costco) tapi rasanya lebih banyak. Dia berbicara tentang upaya khusus yang dilakukan di kebun anggur dan juga pekerjaan ruang bawah tanah yang cermat. Banyak waktu dan masalah untuk sebotol anggur seharga $17, tetapi, Leighton menjelaskan, banyak orang tidak mampu menghabiskan $50 atau $100 untuk sebotol anggur. Mereka seharusnya bisa mendapatkan sebotol anggur yang sangat bagus dengan harga yang relatif terjangkau.

Tidak semua orang mampu membayar $17, tentu saja, tetapi jika mereka mampu maka inilah yang sebenarnya. Atau seperti komentar Leighton, “Ada banyak anggur dalam anggur kami.”

Pembuat anggur (seperti seniman dan penulis) sering kali memiliki ego yang besar, dan meskipun Brennan Leighton memiliki gagasan yang kuat, ada kerendahan hati yang menarik dalam cara dia beroperasi. Idenya tentang anggur adalah bekerja dengan rajin di kebun anggur dan kemudian membiarkan anggur mengekspresikan diri di ruang bawah tanah. Keberhasilannya dengan kedua proyek produksi besar seperti Kung Fu Girl dan banyak anggur kecil seperti Sixto dan B.Leighton berbicara untuk dirinya sendiri.

Jadi apa yang ada di depan untuk dunia anggur Charles Smith? Kami sedang mengerjakan proyek baru, kata Leighton kepada kami. Tapi saya tidak bisa memberi tahu Anda apa itu. Jadi saya hanya sedikit terkejut ketika, beberapa minggu setelah kunjungan kami, Charles Smith mengumumkan re-branding besar-besaran. “Wines of Substance” sekarang menjadi nama perusahaan payung yang mencakup K Vinters, Sixto, Vino Casasmith, Substance, B.Leighton, dan Charles & Charles.

Apakah ini arah baru yang tidak bisa Anda ceritakan kepada kami, saya bertanya kepada Brennon, atau hanya sebagian saja? “Sebagian dari itu,” katanya, tanpa memberikan petunjuk apa pun. Hmmm. Akan menarik untuk melihat apa yang terungkap saat sepatu Charles Smith berikutnya jatuh!

Terima kasih kepada Brennon dan semua orang di Jet City Winery atas bantuan dan keramahan Anda. Terima kasih khusus kepada Bonnie dan Richard atas pertanyaan dan analisis mereka yang tajam.

Berikut adalah video di mana Charles Smith berbicara tentang proyek Pabrik Anggur Jet City-nya.


Apa di Dunia yang Charles Smith Sampai Sekarang? Kunjungan ke Pabrik Anggur Kota Jet

Pabrik Anggur Jet City Charles Smith terletak di seberang Boeing Field yang bersejarah di lingkungan Georgetown yang berpasir namun trendi di Seattle.

Bangunan itu mulai hidup sebagai pabrik pembotolan Dr. Pepper. Ruang publik mencerminkan akar abad pertengahan struktur dan estetika khas Charles Smith, dengan banyak kaca, logam, dan kayu daur ulang. Ruang bawah tanahnya ramping, efisien, dan sangat bersih.

Sue dan saya bertemu dengan asisten peneliti veteran Wine Economist Bonnie dan Richard beberapa minggu yang lalu di Sisters and Brothers, sebuah restoran kecil trendi yang membuat ayam panas Nashville yang lezat, tomat hijau goreng, dan hidangan selatan lainnya yang mengesankan, hanya beberapa langkah dari kilang anggur. Makanannya enak, tapi bukan itu alasan kami berada di sana. Misi kami, menindaklanjuti kolom minggu lalu, adalah mempelajari apa yang sedang dilakukan Charles Smith dan timnya saat ini dan ke mana arah mereka di masa depan.

Inovasi Teknis

Saya menjadi penasaran dengan Jet City Winery setahun yang lalu ketika saya membaca artikel tentangnya di Wines & Vines yang berfokus pada aspek teknis dari kilang anggur. Penulisnya, Andrew Adams, mewawancarai Brennon Leighton, direktur pembuatan anggur, dan melaporkan banyak inovasi dan fitur khusus dari fasilitas Jet City.

Salah satu inovasi yang secara khusus menarik perhatian saya adalah serangkaian fitur desain yang meminimalkan beberapa aspek “angkat berat” dari pekerjaan ruang bawah tanah sehingga perempuan tidak dirugikan dibandingkan laki-laki. “Ini adalah dunia yang cukup didominasi laki-laki di ruang bawah tanah,” Leighton memberi tahu Adams, “dan banyak dari itu berkaitan dengan banyak pekerjaan dengan tenaga kerja tinggi yang cukup kuat. Saya benar-benar ingin mengurangi tenaga kerja itu sehingga siapa pun dapat melakukan pekerjaan apa pun kapan saja.”
Tim kami menemukan bahwa ini hanyalah salah satu contoh perhatian ekstrem terhadap detail yang ada di mana-mana di Jet City.

Brennon Leighton adalah salah satu pembuat anggur paling dihormati di Washington. Dia bertugas membuat anggur putih (termasuk beberapa pembotolan Eroica yang spektakuler) di Chateau St. Michelle sebelum pindah ke butik bintang yang sedang naik daun Efeste. Charles Smith memikat Leighton, pertama sebagai konsultan dan kemudian sebagai direktur pembuatan anggur dan pemeliharaan anggur, yang bertanggung jawab atas rangkaian anggur yang dinamis. Itu adalah langkah yang sukses dilihat dari hasilnya.

Untunglah Leighton punya banyak energi, karena beban kerjanya cukup berat. Meskipun Constellation Brands telah membeli portofolio Charles Smith Wines yang mencakup Kung Fu Girl Riesling dan Boom Boom Syrah, misalnya, Smith, Leighton, dan tim masih terlibat langsung dan akan membantu Constellation meningkatkan produksi sambil mempertahankan kualitas.

Pabrik Anggur dengan Banyak Anggur

Ada banyak hal yang terjadi di sini (dan banyak anggur untuk dicicipi di Jet City). Jajaran produk Charles Smith saat ini berkisar dari jajaran anggur Vino “modernis” yang dibuat dengan varietas anggur Italia yang ditanam di Washington hingga anggur kebun anggur tunggal K Vinters yang ikonik dan dapat dikoleksi.

Sepertinya Charles Smith selalu siap dengan sesuatu yang baru dan dengan fasilitas Pabrik Anggur Jet City yang ramping, laju inovasi tampaknya telah dipercepat. Kami menemukan diri kami sangat tertarik dengan tiga label anggur yang relatif baru: Sixto, B.Leighton, dan Wines of Substance.

Anggur Sixto sebagian merupakan tanggapan terhadap kritik bahwa Washington tidak menghasilkan banyak Chardonnays yang luar biasa. Sixto Chardonnays menyoroti buah-buahan yang luar biasa dari beberapa situs yang dikelola dengan cermat bersama dengan pembuatan anggur yang presisi untuk menghasilkan anggur yang mengejutkan dan khas.

B.Leighton adalah lini anggur pribadi khas Brennon Leighton. Bonnie dan Richard terpesona oleh Gratitude, yang terinspirasi oleh anggur Bandol, dan Petit Verdot yang kami cicipi dari tong (Richard pergi dengan magnum).

The Wines of Substanace membuatku sedikit lengah. Charles Smith memiliki Terjual merek wine sebelumnya (House Wine to Precept, Kung Fu Girl dan yang lainnya ke Constellation), tetapi ini adalah satu-satunya merek yang pernah ia beli. Leighton menjelaskan bagaimana hal itu berkembang menjadi sesuatu yang istimewa. Dia dengan santai menyarankan agar kami mencoba Sauvignon Blanc dari Sunsent Vineyard di Ancient Lakes dan … wow! … anggur yang luar biasa. Lebih banyak Prancis daripada Washington. Unik.

Banyak Anggur di dalam Anggur

Kemudian dia menuangkan Cabernet Sauvignon, yang dijual seharga $17 di kilang anggur (saya melihatnya lebih murah di Costco) tapi rasanya lebih banyak. Dia berbicara tentang upaya khusus yang dilakukan di kebun anggur dan juga pekerjaan ruang bawah tanah yang cermat. Banyak waktu dan masalah untuk sebotol anggur seharga $17, tetapi, Leighton menjelaskan, banyak orang tidak mampu menghabiskan $50 atau $100 untuk sebotol anggur. Mereka seharusnya bisa mendapatkan sebotol anggur yang sangat bagus dengan harga yang relatif terjangkau.

Tidak semua orang mampu membayar $17, tentu saja, tetapi jika mereka mampu maka inilah yang sebenarnya. Atau seperti komentar Leighton, “Ada banyak anggur dalam anggur kami.”

Pembuat anggur (seperti seniman dan penulis) sering kali memiliki ego yang besar, dan meskipun Brennan Leighton memiliki ide yang kuat, ada kerendahan hati yang menarik dalam cara dia beroperasi. Idenya tentang anggur adalah bekerja dengan rajin di kebun anggur dan kemudian membiarkan anggur mengekspresikan diri di ruang bawah tanah. Keberhasilannya dengan kedua proyek produksi besar seperti Kung Fu Girl dan banyak anggur kecil seperti Sixto dan B.Leighton berbicara untuk dirinya sendiri.

Jadi apa yang ada di depan untuk dunia anggur Charles Smith? Kami sedang mengerjakan proyek baru, kata Leighton kepada kami. Tapi saya tidak bisa memberi tahu Anda apa itu. Jadi saya hanya sedikit terkejut ketika, beberapa minggu setelah kunjungan kami, Charles Smith mengumumkan re-branding besar-besaran. “Wines of Substance” sekarang menjadi nama perusahaan payung yang mencakup K Vinters, Sixto, Vino Casasmith, Substance, B.Leighton, dan Charles & Charles.

Apakah ini arah baru yang tidak bisa Anda ceritakan kepada kami, saya bertanya kepada Brennon, atau hanya sebagian saja? “Sebagian dari itu,” katanya, tanpa memberikan petunjuk apa pun. Hmmm. Akan menarik untuk melihat apa yang terungkap ketika sepatu Charles Smith berikutnya jatuh!

Terima kasih kepada Brennon dan semua orang di Jet City Winery atas bantuan dan keramahan Anda. Terima kasih khusus kepada Bonnie dan Richard atas pertanyaan dan analisis mereka yang tajam.

Berikut adalah video di mana Charles Smith berbicara tentang proyek Pabrik Anggur Jet City-nya.


Apa di Dunia yang Charles Smith Sampai Sekarang? Kunjungan ke Pabrik Anggur Kota Jet

Pabrik Anggur Jet City Charles Smith terletak di seberang Boeing Field yang bersejarah di lingkungan Georgetown yang berpasir namun trendi di Seattle.

Bangunan itu mulai hidup sebagai pabrik pembotolan Dr. Pepper. Ruang publik mencerminkan akar abad pertengahan struktur dan estetika khas Charles Smith, dengan banyak kaca, logam, dan kayu daur ulang. Ruang bawah tanahnya ramping, efisien, dan sangat bersih.

Sue dan saya bertemu dengan asisten peneliti veteran Ekonom Anggur Bonnie dan Richard beberapa minggu yang lalu di Sisters and Brothers, sebuah restoran kecil trendi yang membuat ayam panas Nashville yang lezat, tomat hijau goreng, dan hidangan selatan lainnya yang mengesankan, hanya beberapa langkah dari kilang anggur. Makanannya enak, tapi bukan itu alasan kami berada di sana. Misi kami, menindaklanjuti kolom minggu lalu, adalah mempelajari apa yang sedang dilakukan Charles Smith dan timnya saat ini dan ke mana arah mereka di masa depan.

Inovasi Teknis

Saya menjadi penasaran dengan Jet City Winery setahun yang lalu ketika saya membaca artikel tentangnya di Wines & Vines yang berfokus pada aspek teknis dari kilang anggur. Penulisnya, Andrew Adams, mewawancarai Brennon Leighton, direktur pembuatan anggur, dan melaporkan banyak inovasi dan fitur khusus dari fasilitas Jet City.

Salah satu inovasi yang secara khusus menarik perhatian saya adalah serangkaian fitur desain yang meminimalkan beberapa aspek “angkat berat” dari pekerjaan ruang bawah tanah sehingga perempuan tidak dirugikan dibandingkan laki-laki. “Ini adalah dunia yang cukup didominasi laki-laki di ruang bawah tanah,” Leighton memberi tahu Adams, “dan banyak dari itu berkaitan dengan banyak pekerjaan dengan tenaga kerja tinggi yang cukup kuat. Saya benar-benar ingin mengurangi tenaga kerja itu sehingga siapa pun dapat melakukan pekerjaan apa pun kapan saja.”
Tim kami menemukan bahwa ini hanyalah salah satu contoh perhatian ekstrem terhadap detail yang ada di mana-mana di Jet City.

Brennon Leighton adalah salah satu pembuat anggur paling dihormati di Washington. Dia bertugas membuat anggur putih (termasuk beberapa pembotolan Eroica yang spektakuler) di Chateau St. Michelle sebelum pindah ke butik bintang yang sedang naik daun Efeste. Charles Smith memikat Leighton, pertama sebagai konsultan dan kemudian sebagai direktur pembuatan anggur dan pemeliharaan anggur, yang bertanggung jawab atas rangkaian anggur yang dinamis. Itu adalah langkah yang sukses dilihat dari hasilnya.

Untunglah Leighton punya banyak energi, karena beban kerjanya cukup berat. Meskipun Constellation Brands telah membeli portofolio Charles Smith Wines yang mencakup Kung Fu Girl Riesling dan Boom Boom Syrah, misalnya, Smith, Leighton, dan tim masih terlibat langsung dan akan membantu Constellation meningkatkan produksi sambil mempertahankan kualitas.

Pabrik Anggur dengan Banyak Anggur

Ada banyak hal yang terjadi di sini (dan banyak anggur untuk dicicipi di Jet City). Jajaran produk Charles Smith saat ini berkisar dari jajaran anggur Vino “modernis” yang dibuat dengan varietas anggur Italia yang ditanam di Washington hingga anggur kebun anggur tunggal K Vinters yang ikonik dan dapat dikoleksi.

Sepertinya Charles Smith selalu melakukan sesuatu yang baru dan dengan fasilitas Pabrik Anggur Jet City yang ramping, laju inovasi tampaknya telah dipercepat. Kami menemukan diri kami sangat tertarik dengan tiga label anggur yang relatif baru: Sixto, B.Leighton, dan Wines of Substance.

Anggur Sixto sebagian merupakan tanggapan terhadap kritik bahwa Washington tidak menghasilkan banyak Chardonnays yang luar biasa. Sixto Chardonnays menyoroti buah-buahan yang luar biasa dari beberapa situs yang dikelola dengan hati-hati bersama dengan pembuatan anggur yang presisi untuk menghasilkan anggur yang mengejutkan dan khas.

B.Leighton adalah lini anggur pribadi khas Brennon Leighton. Bonnie dan Richard terpesona oleh Gratitude, yang terinspirasi oleh anggur Bandol, dan Petit Verdot yang kami cicipi dari tong (Richard pergi dengan magnum).

The Wines of Substanace membuatku sedikit lengah. Charles Smith memiliki Terjual merek wine sebelumnya (House Wine to Precept, Kung Fu Girl dan yang lainnya ke Constellation), tetapi ini adalah satu-satunya merek yang pernah ia beli. Leighton menjelaskan bagaimana hal itu berkembang menjadi sesuatu yang istimewa. Dia dengan santai menyarankan agar kami mencoba Sauvignon Blanc dari Sunsent Vineyard di Ancient Lakes dan … wow! … anggur yang luar biasa. Lebih banyak Prancis daripada Washington. Unik.

Banyak Anggur di dalam Anggur

Kemudian dia menuangkan Cabernet Sauvignon, yang dijual seharga $17 di kilang anggur (saya melihatnya lebih murah di Costco) tapi rasanya lebih banyak. Dia berbicara tentang upaya khusus yang dilakukan di kebun anggur dan juga pekerjaan ruang bawah tanah yang cermat. Banyak waktu dan masalah untuk sebotol anggur seharga $17, tetapi, Leighton menjelaskan, banyak orang tidak mampu menghabiskan $50 atau $100 untuk sebotol anggur. Mereka seharusnya bisa mendapatkan sebotol anggur yang sangat bagus dengan harga yang relatif terjangkau.

Tidak semua orang mampu membayar $17, tentu saja, tetapi jika mereka mampu maka inilah yang sebenarnya. Atau seperti komentar Leighton, “Ada banyak anggur dalam anggur kami.”

Pembuat anggur (seperti seniman dan penulis) sering kali memiliki ego yang besar, dan meskipun Brennan Leighton memiliki gagasan yang kuat, ada kerendahan hati yang menarik dalam cara dia beroperasi. Idenya tentang anggur adalah bekerja dengan rajin di kebun anggur dan kemudian membiarkan anggur mengekspresikan diri di ruang bawah tanah. Keberhasilannya dengan kedua proyek produksi besar seperti Kung Fu Girl dan banyak anggur kecil seperti Sixto dan B.Leighton berbicara sendiri.

Jadi apa yang ada di depan untuk dunia anggur Charles Smith? Kami sedang mengerjakan proyek baru, kata Leighton kepada kami. Tapi saya tidak bisa memberi tahu Anda apa itu. Jadi saya hanya sedikit terkejut ketika, beberapa minggu setelah kunjungan kami, Charles Smith mengumumkan re-branding besar-besaran. “Wines of Substance” sekarang menjadi nama perusahaan payung yang mencakup K Vinters, Sixto, Vino Casasmith, Substance, B.Leighton, dan Charles & Charles.

Apakah ini arah baru yang tidak bisa Anda ceritakan kepada kami, saya bertanya kepada Brennon, atau hanya sebagian saja? “Sebagian dari itu,” katanya, tanpa memberikan petunjuk apa pun. Hmmm. Akan menarik untuk melihat apa yang terungkap ketika sepatu Charles Smith berikutnya jatuh!

Terima kasih kepada Brennon dan semua orang di Jet City Winery atas bantuan dan keramahan Anda. Terima kasih khusus kepada Bonnie dan Richard atas pertanyaan dan analisis mereka yang tajam.

Berikut adalah video di mana Charles Smith berbicara tentang proyek Pabrik Anggur Jet City-nya.


Apa di Dunia yang Charles Smith Sampai Sekarang? Kunjungan ke Pabrik Anggur Kota Jet

Pabrik Anggur Jet City Charles Smith terletak di seberang Boeing Field yang bersejarah di lingkungan Georgetown yang berpasir namun trendi di Seattle.

Bangunan itu mulai hidup sebagai pabrik pembotolan Dr. Pepper. Ruang publik mencerminkan akar abad pertengahan struktur dan estetika khas Charles Smith, dengan banyak kaca, logam, dan kayu daur ulang. Ruang bawah tanahnya ramping, efisien, dan sangat bersih.

Sue dan saya bertemu dengan asisten peneliti veteran Wine Economist Bonnie dan Richard beberapa minggu yang lalu di Sisters and Brothers, sebuah restoran kecil trendi yang membuat ayam panas Nashville yang lezat, tomat hijau goreng, dan hidangan selatan lainnya yang mengesankan, hanya beberapa langkah dari kilang anggur. Makanannya enak, tapi bukan itu alasan kami berada di sana. Misi kami, menindaklanjuti kolom minggu lalu, adalah mempelajari apa yang sedang dilakukan Charles Smith dan timnya saat ini dan ke mana arah mereka di masa depan.

Inovasi Teknis

Saya menjadi penasaran dengan Jet City Winery setahun yang lalu ketika saya membaca artikel tentangnya di Wines & Vines yang berfokus pada aspek teknis dari kilang anggur. Penulisnya, Andrew Adams, mewawancarai Brennon Leighton, direktur pembuatan anggur, dan melaporkan banyak inovasi dan fitur khusus dari fasilitas Jet City.

Salah satu inovasi yang secara khusus menarik perhatian saya adalah serangkaian fitur desain yang meminimalkan beberapa aspek “angkat berat” dari pekerjaan ruang bawah tanah sehingga perempuan tidak dirugikan dibandingkan laki-laki. “Ini adalah dunia yang cukup didominasi laki-laki di ruang bawah tanah,” Leighton memberi tahu Adams, “dan banyak dari itu berkaitan dengan banyak pekerjaan dengan tenaga kerja tinggi yang cukup kuat. Saya benar-benar ingin mengurangi tenaga kerja itu sehingga siapa pun dapat melakukan pekerjaan apa pun kapan saja.”
Tim kami menemukan bahwa ini hanyalah salah satu contoh perhatian ekstrem terhadap detail yang ada di mana-mana di Jet City.

Brennon Leighton adalah salah satu pembuat anggur paling dihormati di Washington. Dia bertugas membuat anggur putih (termasuk beberapa pembotolan Eroica yang spektakuler) di Chateau St. Michelle sebelum pindah ke butik bintang yang sedang naik daun Efeste. Charles Smith memikat Leighton, pertama sebagai konsultan dan kemudian sebagai direktur pembuatan anggur dan pemeliharaan anggur, yang bertanggung jawab atas rangkaian anggur yang dinamis. Itu adalah langkah yang sukses dilihat dari hasilnya.

Untunglah Leighton punya banyak energi, karena beban kerjanya cukup berat. Meskipun Constellation Brands telah membeli portofolio Charles Smith Wines yang mencakup Kung Fu Girl Riesling dan Boom Boom Syrah, misalnya, Smith, Leighton, dan tim masih terlibat langsung dan akan membantu Constellation meningkatkan produksi sambil mempertahankan kualitas.

Pabrik Anggur dengan Banyak Anggur

Ada banyak hal yang terjadi di sini (dan banyak anggur untuk dicicipi di Jet City). Jajaran produk Charles Smith saat ini berkisar dari jajaran anggur Vino “modernis” yang dibuat dengan varietas anggur Italia yang ditanam di Washington hingga anggur kebun anggur tunggal K Vinters yang ikonik dan dapat dikoleksi.

Sepertinya Charles Smith selalu siap dengan sesuatu yang baru dan dengan fasilitas Pabrik Anggur Jet City yang ramping, laju inovasi tampaknya telah dipercepat. Kami menemukan diri kami sangat tertarik dengan tiga label anggur yang relatif baru: Sixto, B.Leighton, dan Wines of Substance.

Anggur Sixto sebagian merupakan tanggapan terhadap kritik bahwa Washington tidak menghasilkan banyak Chardonnays yang luar biasa. Sixto Chardonnays menyoroti buah-buahan yang luar biasa dari beberapa situs yang dikelola dengan hati-hati bersama dengan pembuatan anggur yang presisi untuk menghasilkan anggur yang mengejutkan dan khas.

B.Leighton adalah lini anggur pribadi khas Brennon Leighton. Bonnie dan Richard terpesona oleh Gratitude, yang terinspirasi oleh anggur Bandol, dan Petit Verdot yang kami cicipi dari tong (Richard pergi dengan magnum).

The Wines of Substanace membuatku sedikit lengah. Charles Smith memiliki Terjual merek wine sebelumnya (House Wine to Precept, Kung Fu Girl dan yang lainnya ke Constellation), tetapi ini adalah satu-satunya merek yang pernah ia beli. Leighton menjelaskan bagaimana hal itu berkembang menjadi sesuatu yang istimewa. Dia dengan santai menyarankan agar kami mencoba Sauvignon Blanc dari Sunsent Vineyard di Ancient Lakes dan … wow! … anggur yang luar biasa. Lebih banyak Prancis daripada Washington. Unik.

Banyak Anggur di dalam Anggur

Kemudian dia menuangkan Cabernet Sauvignon, yang dijual seharga $17 di kilang anggur (saya melihatnya lebih murah di Costco) tapi rasanya lebih banyak. Dia berbicara tentang upaya khusus yang dilakukan di kebun anggur dan juga pekerjaan ruang bawah tanah yang cermat. Banyak waktu dan masalah untuk sebotol anggur seharga $17, tetapi, Leighton menjelaskan, banyak orang tidak mampu menghabiskan $50 atau $100 untuk sebotol anggur. Mereka seharusnya bisa mendapatkan sebotol anggur yang sangat bagus dengan harga yang relatif terjangkau.

Tidak semua orang mampu membayar $17, tentu saja, tetapi jika mereka mampu maka inilah yang sebenarnya. Atau seperti komentar Leighton, “Ada banyak anggur dalam anggur kami.”

Pembuat anggur (seperti seniman dan penulis) sering kali memiliki ego yang besar, dan meskipun Brennan Leighton memiliki gagasan yang kuat, ada kerendahan hati yang menarik dalam cara dia beroperasi. Idenya tentang anggur adalah bekerja dengan rajin di kebun anggur dan kemudian membiarkan anggur mengekspresikan diri di ruang bawah tanah. Keberhasilannya dengan kedua proyek produksi besar seperti Kung Fu Girl dan banyak anggur kecil seperti Sixto dan B.Leighton berbicara untuk dirinya sendiri.

Jadi apa yang ada di depan untuk dunia anggur Charles Smith? Kami sedang mengerjakan proyek baru, kata Leighton kepada kami. Tapi saya tidak bisa memberi tahu Anda apa itu. Jadi saya hanya sedikit terkejut ketika, beberapa minggu setelah kunjungan kami, Charles Smith mengumumkan re-branding besar-besaran. “Wines of Substance” sekarang menjadi nama perusahaan payung yang mencakup K Vinters, Sixto, Vino Casasmith, Substance, B.Leighton, dan Charles & Charles.

Apakah ini arah baru yang tidak bisa Anda ceritakan kepada kami, saya bertanya kepada Brennon, atau hanya sebagian saja? “Sebagian dari itu,” katanya, tanpa memberikan petunjuk apa pun. Hmmm. Akan menarik untuk melihat apa yang terungkap saat sepatu Charles Smith berikutnya jatuh!

Terima kasih kepada Brennon dan semua orang di Jet City Winery atas bantuan dan keramahan Anda. Terima kasih khusus kepada Bonnie dan Richard atas pertanyaan dan analisis mereka yang tajam.

Berikut adalah video di mana Charles Smith berbicara tentang proyek Pabrik Anggur Jet City-nya.


Apa di Dunia yang Charles Smith Sampai Sekarang? Kunjungan ke Pabrik Anggur Kota Jet

Pabrik Anggur Jet City Charles Smith terletak di seberang Boeing Field yang bersejarah di lingkungan Georgetown yang berpasir namun trendi di Seattle.

Bangunan itu mulai hidup sebagai pabrik pembotolan Dr. Pepper. Ruang publik mencerminkan akar abad pertengahan struktur dan estetika khas Charles Smith, dengan banyak kaca, logam, dan kayu daur ulang. Ruang bawah tanahnya ramping, efisien, dan sangat bersih.

Sue dan saya bertemu dengan asisten peneliti veteran Wine Economist Bonnie dan Richard beberapa minggu yang lalu di Sisters and Brothers, sebuah restoran kecil trendi yang membuat ayam panas Nashville yang lezat, tomat hijau goreng, dan hidangan selatan lainnya yang mengesankan, hanya beberapa langkah dari kilang anggur. Makanannya enak, tapi bukan itu alasan kami berada di sana. Misi kami, menindaklanjuti kolom minggu lalu, adalah mempelajari apa yang sedang dilakukan Charles Smith dan timnya saat ini dan ke mana arah mereka di masa depan.

Inovasi Teknis

Saya menjadi penasaran dengan Jet City Winery setahun yang lalu ketika saya membaca artikel tentangnya di Wines & Vines yang berfokus pada aspek teknis dari kilang anggur. The author, Andrew Adams, interviewed Brennon Leighton, director of winemaking, and reported on many of the innovations and special features of the Jet City facility.

One innovation that especially caught my attention was a set of design features that minimized some of the “heavy lifting” aspects of cellar jobs so that women would not be disadvantaged relative to men. “It’s a pretty male-dominated world on the cellar floor,” Leighton told Adams, “and a lot of that has to do with lots of fairly vigorous, high-labor jobs. I really wanted to cut that labor down so anyone could do any job at any time.”
Our team found that this is just one example of the extreme attention to detail that is everywhere at Jet City.

Brennon Leighton is one of Washington’s most respected winemakers. He was in charge of making the white wines (including some spectacular Eroica bottlings) at Chateau St. Michelle before moving to rising star boutique Efeste. Charles Smith lured Leighton away, first as consultant and then as director of winemaking and viticulture, responsible for a dynamic array of wines. It was a successful move judging by the results.

It is a good thing that Leighton has a lot of energy, because his workload is pretty fierce. Although Constellation Brands has purchased the Charles Smith Wines portfolio that includes Kung Fu Girl Riesling and Boom Boom Syrah, for example, Smith, Leighton and the team are still hands-on involved and will help Constellation scale up production while maintaining quality.

A Winery with a Lot of Wines

There is a lot going on here (and lots of wines to taste at Jet City). The current Charles Smith lineup ranges from the Vino line of “modernist” wines made with Washington-grown Italian grape varieties on up to the iconic and collectible K Vinters single-vineyard wines.

It seems like Charles Smith is always up to something new and with the sleek Jet City Winery facility the pace of innovation seems to have accelerated. We found ourselves especially intrigued by three relatively new wine labels: Sixto, B.Leighton, and Wines of Substance.

The Sixto wines are in part a response to the criticism that Washington has not produced very many great Chardonnays. Sixto Chardonnays highlight great fruit from a handful of carefully managed sites along with precision winemaking to produce surprising and distinctive wines.

B.Leighton is Brennon Leighton’s distinctive personal wine line. Bonnie and Richard were charmed by Gratitude, which is inspired by the wines of Bandol, and a Petit Verdot that we tasted from barrel (Richard left with a magnum).

The Wines of Substanace caught me a bit off guard. Charles Smith has Terjual wines brands before (House Wine to Precept, Kung Fu Girl and the others to Constellation), but this is the only brand he has ever purchased. Leighton explained how it is developing into something special. He casually suggested that we try to Sauvignon Blanc from the Sunsent Vineyard in Ancient Lakes and … wow! … what a great wine. More France than Washington. Unique.

A Lot of Wine in the Wines

Then he poured the Cabernet Sauvignon, which sells for $17 at the winery (I saw it for less at Costco) but tastes like a lot more. He talked about the special efforts that are made in the vineyard and the careful cellar work, too. A lot of time and trouble for a $17 bottle of wine but, Leighton explained, a lot of people can’t afford to spend $50 or $100 on a bottle of wine. They ought to be able to get a really good bottle of wine at a relatively affordable price.

Not everyone can afford to pay $17, of course, but if they can then this is the real deal. Or as Leighton commented, “There’s a lot of wine in our wines.”

Winemakers (like artists and authors) often have big egos, and while Brennan Leighton has strong ideas, there is an appealing humility to the way he operates. His idea of wine is to work diligently in the vineyard and then let the wines express themselves in the cellar. His success with both large production projects like Kung Fu Girl and small lot wines like Sixto and B.Leighton speaks for itself.

So what’s ahead for Charles Smith’s wine universe? We’ve got new projects in the works, Leighton told us. But I can’t tell you what they are. So I was only a little surprised when, a couple of weeks after our visit, Charles Smith announced a major re-branding. “Wines of Substance” is now the name of the umbrella company that includes K Vinters, Sixto, Vino Casasmith, Substance, B.Leighton, and Charles & Charles.

Is this the new direction that you couldn’t tell us about, I asked Brennon, or just part of it? “Part of it,” he said, without offering any hints. Hmmm. It will be interesting to see what is revealed when the next Charles Smith shoe drops!

Thanks to Brennon and everyone at Jet City Winery for your help and hospitality. Special thanks to Bonnie and Richard for their incisive questions and analysis.

Here’s a video where Charles Smith talks about his Jet City Winery project.


What in the World is Charles Smith Up to Now? A Visit to Jet City Winery

Charles Smith’s Jet City Winery is located across the street from historic Boeing Field in Seattle’s gritty but hip Georgetown neighborhood.

The building started life as a Dr. Pepper bottling plant. The public spaces reflect both the structure’s mid-century roots and Charles Smith’s signature aesthetic, with lots of glass, metal, and recycled wood. The cellar is sleek, efficient, and spotlessly clean.

Sue and I met up with veteran Wine Economist research assistants Bonnie and Richard a few weeks ago at Sisters and Brothers, a hip little restaurant that makes delicious Nashville hot chicken, fried green tomatoes, and other memorable southern fare just steps from the winery. The food was great, but that wasn’t why we were there. Our mission, following up on last week’s column, was to learn what Charles Smith and his team are up to now and where they are headed in the future.

Technical Innovations

I became curious about Jet City Winery a year ago when I read an article about it in Wines & Vines that focused on the technical aspects of the winery. The author, Andrew Adams, interviewed Brennon Leighton, director of winemaking, and reported on many of the innovations and special features of the Jet City facility.

One innovation that especially caught my attention was a set of design features that minimized some of the “heavy lifting” aspects of cellar jobs so that women would not be disadvantaged relative to men. “It’s a pretty male-dominated world on the cellar floor,” Leighton told Adams, “and a lot of that has to do with lots of fairly vigorous, high-labor jobs. I really wanted to cut that labor down so anyone could do any job at any time.”
Our team found that this is just one example of the extreme attention to detail that is everywhere at Jet City.

Brennon Leighton is one of Washington’s most respected winemakers. He was in charge of making the white wines (including some spectacular Eroica bottlings) at Chateau St. Michelle before moving to rising star boutique Efeste. Charles Smith lured Leighton away, first as consultant and then as director of winemaking and viticulture, responsible for a dynamic array of wines. It was a successful move judging by the results.

It is a good thing that Leighton has a lot of energy, because his workload is pretty fierce. Although Constellation Brands has purchased the Charles Smith Wines portfolio that includes Kung Fu Girl Riesling and Boom Boom Syrah, for example, Smith, Leighton and the team are still hands-on involved and will help Constellation scale up production while maintaining quality.

A Winery with a Lot of Wines

There is a lot going on here (and lots of wines to taste at Jet City). The current Charles Smith lineup ranges from the Vino line of “modernist” wines made with Washington-grown Italian grape varieties on up to the iconic and collectible K Vinters single-vineyard wines.

It seems like Charles Smith is always up to something new and with the sleek Jet City Winery facility the pace of innovation seems to have accelerated. We found ourselves especially intrigued by three relatively new wine labels: Sixto, B.Leighton, and Wines of Substance.

The Sixto wines are in part a response to the criticism that Washington has not produced very many great Chardonnays. Sixto Chardonnays highlight great fruit from a handful of carefully managed sites along with precision winemaking to produce surprising and distinctive wines.

B.Leighton is Brennon Leighton’s distinctive personal wine line. Bonnie and Richard were charmed by Gratitude, which is inspired by the wines of Bandol, and a Petit Verdot that we tasted from barrel (Richard left with a magnum).

The Wines of Substanace caught me a bit off guard. Charles Smith has Terjual wines brands before (House Wine to Precept, Kung Fu Girl and the others to Constellation), but this is the only brand he has ever purchased. Leighton explained how it is developing into something special. He casually suggested that we try to Sauvignon Blanc from the Sunsent Vineyard in Ancient Lakes and … wow! … what a great wine. More France than Washington. Unique.

A Lot of Wine in the Wines

Then he poured the Cabernet Sauvignon, which sells for $17 at the winery (I saw it for less at Costco) but tastes like a lot more. He talked about the special efforts that are made in the vineyard and the careful cellar work, too. A lot of time and trouble for a $17 bottle of wine but, Leighton explained, a lot of people can’t afford to spend $50 or $100 on a bottle of wine. They ought to be able to get a really good bottle of wine at a relatively affordable price.

Not everyone can afford to pay $17, of course, but if they can then this is the real deal. Or as Leighton commented, “There’s a lot of wine in our wines.”

Winemakers (like artists and authors) often have big egos, and while Brennan Leighton has strong ideas, there is an appealing humility to the way he operates. His idea of wine is to work diligently in the vineyard and then let the wines express themselves in the cellar. His success with both large production projects like Kung Fu Girl and small lot wines like Sixto and B.Leighton speaks for itself.

So what’s ahead for Charles Smith’s wine universe? We’ve got new projects in the works, Leighton told us. But I can’t tell you what they are. So I was only a little surprised when, a couple of weeks after our visit, Charles Smith announced a major re-branding. “Wines of Substance” is now the name of the umbrella company that includes K Vinters, Sixto, Vino Casasmith, Substance, B.Leighton, and Charles & Charles.

Is this the new direction that you couldn’t tell us about, I asked Brennon, or just part of it? “Part of it,” he said, without offering any hints. Hmmm. It will be interesting to see what is revealed when the next Charles Smith shoe drops!

Thanks to Brennon and everyone at Jet City Winery for your help and hospitality. Special thanks to Bonnie and Richard for their incisive questions and analysis.

Here’s a video where Charles Smith talks about his Jet City Winery project.


What in the World is Charles Smith Up to Now? A Visit to Jet City Winery

Charles Smith’s Jet City Winery is located across the street from historic Boeing Field in Seattle’s gritty but hip Georgetown neighborhood.

The building started life as a Dr. Pepper bottling plant. The public spaces reflect both the structure’s mid-century roots and Charles Smith’s signature aesthetic, with lots of glass, metal, and recycled wood. The cellar is sleek, efficient, and spotlessly clean.

Sue and I met up with veteran Wine Economist research assistants Bonnie and Richard a few weeks ago at Sisters and Brothers, a hip little restaurant that makes delicious Nashville hot chicken, fried green tomatoes, and other memorable southern fare just steps from the winery. The food was great, but that wasn’t why we were there. Our mission, following up on last week’s column, was to learn what Charles Smith and his team are up to now and where they are headed in the future.

Technical Innovations

I became curious about Jet City Winery a year ago when I read an article about it in Wines & Vines that focused on the technical aspects of the winery. The author, Andrew Adams, interviewed Brennon Leighton, director of winemaking, and reported on many of the innovations and special features of the Jet City facility.

One innovation that especially caught my attention was a set of design features that minimized some of the “heavy lifting” aspects of cellar jobs so that women would not be disadvantaged relative to men. “It’s a pretty male-dominated world on the cellar floor,” Leighton told Adams, “and a lot of that has to do with lots of fairly vigorous, high-labor jobs. I really wanted to cut that labor down so anyone could do any job at any time.”
Our team found that this is just one example of the extreme attention to detail that is everywhere at Jet City.

Brennon Leighton is one of Washington’s most respected winemakers. He was in charge of making the white wines (including some spectacular Eroica bottlings) at Chateau St. Michelle before moving to rising star boutique Efeste. Charles Smith lured Leighton away, first as consultant and then as director of winemaking and viticulture, responsible for a dynamic array of wines. It was a successful move judging by the results.

It is a good thing that Leighton has a lot of energy, because his workload is pretty fierce. Although Constellation Brands has purchased the Charles Smith Wines portfolio that includes Kung Fu Girl Riesling and Boom Boom Syrah, for example, Smith, Leighton and the team are still hands-on involved and will help Constellation scale up production while maintaining quality.

A Winery with a Lot of Wines

There is a lot going on here (and lots of wines to taste at Jet City). The current Charles Smith lineup ranges from the Vino line of “modernist” wines made with Washington-grown Italian grape varieties on up to the iconic and collectible K Vinters single-vineyard wines.

It seems like Charles Smith is always up to something new and with the sleek Jet City Winery facility the pace of innovation seems to have accelerated. We found ourselves especially intrigued by three relatively new wine labels: Sixto, B.Leighton, and Wines of Substance.

The Sixto wines are in part a response to the criticism that Washington has not produced very many great Chardonnays. Sixto Chardonnays highlight great fruit from a handful of carefully managed sites along with precision winemaking to produce surprising and distinctive wines.

B.Leighton is Brennon Leighton’s distinctive personal wine line. Bonnie and Richard were charmed by Gratitude, which is inspired by the wines of Bandol, and a Petit Verdot that we tasted from barrel (Richard left with a magnum).

The Wines of Substanace caught me a bit off guard. Charles Smith has Terjual wines brands before (House Wine to Precept, Kung Fu Girl and the others to Constellation), but this is the only brand he has ever purchased. Leighton explained how it is developing into something special. He casually suggested that we try to Sauvignon Blanc from the Sunsent Vineyard in Ancient Lakes and … wow! … what a great wine. More France than Washington. Unique.

A Lot of Wine in the Wines

Then he poured the Cabernet Sauvignon, which sells for $17 at the winery (I saw it for less at Costco) but tastes like a lot more. He talked about the special efforts that are made in the vineyard and the careful cellar work, too. A lot of time and trouble for a $17 bottle of wine but, Leighton explained, a lot of people can’t afford to spend $50 or $100 on a bottle of wine. They ought to be able to get a really good bottle of wine at a relatively affordable price.

Not everyone can afford to pay $17, of course, but if they can then this is the real deal. Or as Leighton commented, “There’s a lot of wine in our wines.”

Winemakers (like artists and authors) often have big egos, and while Brennan Leighton has strong ideas, there is an appealing humility to the way he operates. His idea of wine is to work diligently in the vineyard and then let the wines express themselves in the cellar. His success with both large production projects like Kung Fu Girl and small lot wines like Sixto and B.Leighton speaks for itself.

So what’s ahead for Charles Smith’s wine universe? We’ve got new projects in the works, Leighton told us. But I can’t tell you what they are. So I was only a little surprised when, a couple of weeks after our visit, Charles Smith announced a major re-branding. “Wines of Substance” is now the name of the umbrella company that includes K Vinters, Sixto, Vino Casasmith, Substance, B.Leighton, and Charles & Charles.

Is this the new direction that you couldn’t tell us about, I asked Brennon, or just part of it? “Part of it,” he said, without offering any hints. Hmmm. It will be interesting to see what is revealed when the next Charles Smith shoe drops!

Thanks to Brennon and everyone at Jet City Winery for your help and hospitality. Special thanks to Bonnie and Richard for their incisive questions and analysis.

Here’s a video where Charles Smith talks about his Jet City Winery project.


What in the World is Charles Smith Up to Now? A Visit to Jet City Winery

Charles Smith’s Jet City Winery is located across the street from historic Boeing Field in Seattle’s gritty but hip Georgetown neighborhood.

The building started life as a Dr. Pepper bottling plant. The public spaces reflect both the structure’s mid-century roots and Charles Smith’s signature aesthetic, with lots of glass, metal, and recycled wood. The cellar is sleek, efficient, and spotlessly clean.

Sue and I met up with veteran Wine Economist research assistants Bonnie and Richard a few weeks ago at Sisters and Brothers, a hip little restaurant that makes delicious Nashville hot chicken, fried green tomatoes, and other memorable southern fare just steps from the winery. The food was great, but that wasn’t why we were there. Our mission, following up on last week’s column, was to learn what Charles Smith and his team are up to now and where they are headed in the future.

Technical Innovations

I became curious about Jet City Winery a year ago when I read an article about it in Wines & Vines that focused on the technical aspects of the winery. The author, Andrew Adams, interviewed Brennon Leighton, director of winemaking, and reported on many of the innovations and special features of the Jet City facility.

One innovation that especially caught my attention was a set of design features that minimized some of the “heavy lifting” aspects of cellar jobs so that women would not be disadvantaged relative to men. “It’s a pretty male-dominated world on the cellar floor,” Leighton told Adams, “and a lot of that has to do with lots of fairly vigorous, high-labor jobs. I really wanted to cut that labor down so anyone could do any job at any time.”
Our team found that this is just one example of the extreme attention to detail that is everywhere at Jet City.

Brennon Leighton is one of Washington’s most respected winemakers. He was in charge of making the white wines (including some spectacular Eroica bottlings) at Chateau St. Michelle before moving to rising star boutique Efeste. Charles Smith lured Leighton away, first as consultant and then as director of winemaking and viticulture, responsible for a dynamic array of wines. It was a successful move judging by the results.

It is a good thing that Leighton has a lot of energy, because his workload is pretty fierce. Although Constellation Brands has purchased the Charles Smith Wines portfolio that includes Kung Fu Girl Riesling and Boom Boom Syrah, for example, Smith, Leighton and the team are still hands-on involved and will help Constellation scale up production while maintaining quality.

A Winery with a Lot of Wines

There is a lot going on here (and lots of wines to taste at Jet City). The current Charles Smith lineup ranges from the Vino line of “modernist” wines made with Washington-grown Italian grape varieties on up to the iconic and collectible K Vinters single-vineyard wines.

It seems like Charles Smith is always up to something new and with the sleek Jet City Winery facility the pace of innovation seems to have accelerated. We found ourselves especially intrigued by three relatively new wine labels: Sixto, B.Leighton, and Wines of Substance.

The Sixto wines are in part a response to the criticism that Washington has not produced very many great Chardonnays. Sixto Chardonnays highlight great fruit from a handful of carefully managed sites along with precision winemaking to produce surprising and distinctive wines.

B.Leighton is Brennon Leighton’s distinctive personal wine line. Bonnie and Richard were charmed by Gratitude, which is inspired by the wines of Bandol, and a Petit Verdot that we tasted from barrel (Richard left with a magnum).

The Wines of Substanace caught me a bit off guard. Charles Smith has Terjual wines brands before (House Wine to Precept, Kung Fu Girl and the others to Constellation), but this is the only brand he has ever purchased. Leighton explained how it is developing into something special. He casually suggested that we try to Sauvignon Blanc from the Sunsent Vineyard in Ancient Lakes and … wow! … what a great wine. More France than Washington. Unique.

A Lot of Wine in the Wines

Then he poured the Cabernet Sauvignon, which sells for $17 at the winery (I saw it for less at Costco) but tastes like a lot more. He talked about the special efforts that are made in the vineyard and the careful cellar work, too. A lot of time and trouble for a $17 bottle of wine but, Leighton explained, a lot of people can’t afford to spend $50 or $100 on a bottle of wine. They ought to be able to get a really good bottle of wine at a relatively affordable price.

Not everyone can afford to pay $17, of course, but if they can then this is the real deal. Or as Leighton commented, “There’s a lot of wine in our wines.”

Winemakers (like artists and authors) often have big egos, and while Brennan Leighton has strong ideas, there is an appealing humility to the way he operates. His idea of wine is to work diligently in the vineyard and then let the wines express themselves in the cellar. His success with both large production projects like Kung Fu Girl and small lot wines like Sixto and B.Leighton speaks for itself.

So what’s ahead for Charles Smith’s wine universe? We’ve got new projects in the works, Leighton told us. But I can’t tell you what they are. So I was only a little surprised when, a couple of weeks after our visit, Charles Smith announced a major re-branding. “Wines of Substance” is now the name of the umbrella company that includes K Vinters, Sixto, Vino Casasmith, Substance, B.Leighton, and Charles & Charles.

Is this the new direction that you couldn’t tell us about, I asked Brennon, or just part of it? “Part of it,” he said, without offering any hints. Hmmm. It will be interesting to see what is revealed when the next Charles Smith shoe drops!

Thanks to Brennon and everyone at Jet City Winery for your help and hospitality. Special thanks to Bonnie and Richard for their incisive questions and analysis.

Here’s a video where Charles Smith talks about his Jet City Winery project.


What in the World is Charles Smith Up to Now? A Visit to Jet City Winery

Charles Smith’s Jet City Winery is located across the street from historic Boeing Field in Seattle’s gritty but hip Georgetown neighborhood.

The building started life as a Dr. Pepper bottling plant. The public spaces reflect both the structure’s mid-century roots and Charles Smith’s signature aesthetic, with lots of glass, metal, and recycled wood. The cellar is sleek, efficient, and spotlessly clean.

Sue and I met up with veteran Wine Economist research assistants Bonnie and Richard a few weeks ago at Sisters and Brothers, a hip little restaurant that makes delicious Nashville hot chicken, fried green tomatoes, and other memorable southern fare just steps from the winery. The food was great, but that wasn’t why we were there. Our mission, following up on last week’s column, was to learn what Charles Smith and his team are up to now and where they are headed in the future.

Technical Innovations

I became curious about Jet City Winery a year ago when I read an article about it in Wines & Vines that focused on the technical aspects of the winery. The author, Andrew Adams, interviewed Brennon Leighton, director of winemaking, and reported on many of the innovations and special features of the Jet City facility.

One innovation that especially caught my attention was a set of design features that minimized some of the “heavy lifting” aspects of cellar jobs so that women would not be disadvantaged relative to men. “It’s a pretty male-dominated world on the cellar floor,” Leighton told Adams, “and a lot of that has to do with lots of fairly vigorous, high-labor jobs. I really wanted to cut that labor down so anyone could do any job at any time.”
Our team found that this is just one example of the extreme attention to detail that is everywhere at Jet City.

Brennon Leighton is one of Washington’s most respected winemakers. He was in charge of making the white wines (including some spectacular Eroica bottlings) at Chateau St. Michelle before moving to rising star boutique Efeste. Charles Smith lured Leighton away, first as consultant and then as director of winemaking and viticulture, responsible for a dynamic array of wines. It was a successful move judging by the results.

It is a good thing that Leighton has a lot of energy, because his workload is pretty fierce. Although Constellation Brands has purchased the Charles Smith Wines portfolio that includes Kung Fu Girl Riesling and Boom Boom Syrah, for example, Smith, Leighton and the team are still hands-on involved and will help Constellation scale up production while maintaining quality.

A Winery with a Lot of Wines

There is a lot going on here (and lots of wines to taste at Jet City). The current Charles Smith lineup ranges from the Vino line of “modernist” wines made with Washington-grown Italian grape varieties on up to the iconic and collectible K Vinters single-vineyard wines.

It seems like Charles Smith is always up to something new and with the sleek Jet City Winery facility the pace of innovation seems to have accelerated. We found ourselves especially intrigued by three relatively new wine labels: Sixto, B.Leighton, and Wines of Substance.

The Sixto wines are in part a response to the criticism that Washington has not produced very many great Chardonnays. Sixto Chardonnays highlight great fruit from a handful of carefully managed sites along with precision winemaking to produce surprising and distinctive wines.

B.Leighton is Brennon Leighton’s distinctive personal wine line. Bonnie and Richard were charmed by Gratitude, which is inspired by the wines of Bandol, and a Petit Verdot that we tasted from barrel (Richard left with a magnum).

The Wines of Substanace caught me a bit off guard. Charles Smith has Terjual wines brands before (House Wine to Precept, Kung Fu Girl and the others to Constellation), but this is the only brand he has ever purchased. Leighton explained how it is developing into something special. He casually suggested that we try to Sauvignon Blanc from the Sunsent Vineyard in Ancient Lakes and … wow! … what a great wine. More France than Washington. Unique.

A Lot of Wine in the Wines

Then he poured the Cabernet Sauvignon, which sells for $17 at the winery (I saw it for less at Costco) but tastes like a lot more. He talked about the special efforts that are made in the vineyard and the careful cellar work, too. A lot of time and trouble for a $17 bottle of wine but, Leighton explained, a lot of people can’t afford to spend $50 or $100 on a bottle of wine. They ought to be able to get a really good bottle of wine at a relatively affordable price.

Not everyone can afford to pay $17, of course, but if they can then this is the real deal. Or as Leighton commented, “There’s a lot of wine in our wines.”

Winemakers (like artists and authors) often have big egos, and while Brennan Leighton has strong ideas, there is an appealing humility to the way he operates. His idea of wine is to work diligently in the vineyard and then let the wines express themselves in the cellar. His success with both large production projects like Kung Fu Girl and small lot wines like Sixto and B.Leighton speaks for itself.

So what’s ahead for Charles Smith’s wine universe? We’ve got new projects in the works, Leighton told us. But I can’t tell you what they are. So I was only a little surprised when, a couple of weeks after our visit, Charles Smith announced a major re-branding. “Wines of Substance” is now the name of the umbrella company that includes K Vinters, Sixto, Vino Casasmith, Substance, B.Leighton, and Charles & Charles.

Is this the new direction that you couldn’t tell us about, I asked Brennon, or just part of it? “Part of it,” he said, without offering any hints. Hmmm. It will be interesting to see what is revealed when the next Charles Smith shoe drops!

Thanks to Brennon and everyone at Jet City Winery for your help and hospitality. Special thanks to Bonnie and Richard for their incisive questions and analysis.

Here’s a video where Charles Smith talks about his Jet City Winery project.


What in the World is Charles Smith Up to Now? A Visit to Jet City Winery

Charles Smith’s Jet City Winery is located across the street from historic Boeing Field in Seattle’s gritty but hip Georgetown neighborhood.

The building started life as a Dr. Pepper bottling plant. The public spaces reflect both the structure’s mid-century roots and Charles Smith’s signature aesthetic, with lots of glass, metal, and recycled wood. The cellar is sleek, efficient, and spotlessly clean.

Sue and I met up with veteran Wine Economist research assistants Bonnie and Richard a few weeks ago at Sisters and Brothers, a hip little restaurant that makes delicious Nashville hot chicken, fried green tomatoes, and other memorable southern fare just steps from the winery. The food was great, but that wasn’t why we were there. Our mission, following up on last week’s column, was to learn what Charles Smith and his team are up to now and where they are headed in the future.

Technical Innovations

I became curious about Jet City Winery a year ago when I read an article about it in Wines & Vines that focused on the technical aspects of the winery. The author, Andrew Adams, interviewed Brennon Leighton, director of winemaking, and reported on many of the innovations and special features of the Jet City facility.

One innovation that especially caught my attention was a set of design features that minimized some of the “heavy lifting” aspects of cellar jobs so that women would not be disadvantaged relative to men. “It’s a pretty male-dominated world on the cellar floor,” Leighton told Adams, “and a lot of that has to do with lots of fairly vigorous, high-labor jobs. I really wanted to cut that labor down so anyone could do any job at any time.”
Our team found that this is just one example of the extreme attention to detail that is everywhere at Jet City.

Brennon Leighton is one of Washington’s most respected winemakers. He was in charge of making the white wines (including some spectacular Eroica bottlings) at Chateau St. Michelle before moving to rising star boutique Efeste. Charles Smith lured Leighton away, first as consultant and then as director of winemaking and viticulture, responsible for a dynamic array of wines. It was a successful move judging by the results.

It is a good thing that Leighton has a lot of energy, because his workload is pretty fierce. Although Constellation Brands has purchased the Charles Smith Wines portfolio that includes Kung Fu Girl Riesling and Boom Boom Syrah, for example, Smith, Leighton and the team are still hands-on involved and will help Constellation scale up production while maintaining quality.

A Winery with a Lot of Wines

There is a lot going on here (and lots of wines to taste at Jet City). The current Charles Smith lineup ranges from the Vino line of “modernist” wines made with Washington-grown Italian grape varieties on up to the iconic and collectible K Vinters single-vineyard wines.

It seems like Charles Smith is always up to something new and with the sleek Jet City Winery facility the pace of innovation seems to have accelerated. We found ourselves especially intrigued by three relatively new wine labels: Sixto, B.Leighton, and Wines of Substance.

The Sixto wines are in part a response to the criticism that Washington has not produced very many great Chardonnays. Sixto Chardonnays highlight great fruit from a handful of carefully managed sites along with precision winemaking to produce surprising and distinctive wines.

B.Leighton is Brennon Leighton’s distinctive personal wine line. Bonnie and Richard were charmed by Gratitude, which is inspired by the wines of Bandol, and a Petit Verdot that we tasted from barrel (Richard left with a magnum).

The Wines of Substanace caught me a bit off guard. Charles Smith has Terjual wines brands before (House Wine to Precept, Kung Fu Girl and the others to Constellation), but this is the only brand he has ever purchased. Leighton explained how it is developing into something special. He casually suggested that we try to Sauvignon Blanc from the Sunsent Vineyard in Ancient Lakes and … wow! … what a great wine. More France than Washington. Unique.

A Lot of Wine in the Wines

Then he poured the Cabernet Sauvignon, which sells for $17 at the winery (I saw it for less at Costco) but tastes like a lot more. He talked about the special efforts that are made in the vineyard and the careful cellar work, too. A lot of time and trouble for a $17 bottle of wine but, Leighton explained, a lot of people can’t afford to spend $50 or $100 on a bottle of wine. They ought to be able to get a really good bottle of wine at a relatively affordable price.

Not everyone can afford to pay $17, of course, but if they can then this is the real deal. Or as Leighton commented, “There’s a lot of wine in our wines.”

Winemakers (like artists and authors) often have big egos, and while Brennan Leighton has strong ideas, there is an appealing humility to the way he operates. His idea of wine is to work diligently in the vineyard and then let the wines express themselves in the cellar. His success with both large production projects like Kung Fu Girl and small lot wines like Sixto and B.Leighton speaks for itself.

So what’s ahead for Charles Smith’s wine universe? We’ve got new projects in the works, Leighton told us. But I can’t tell you what they are. So I was only a little surprised when, a couple of weeks after our visit, Charles Smith announced a major re-branding. “Wines of Substance” is now the name of the umbrella company that includes K Vinters, Sixto, Vino Casasmith, Substance, B.Leighton, and Charles & Charles.

Is this the new direction that you couldn’t tell us about, I asked Brennon, or just part of it? “Part of it,” he said, without offering any hints. Hmmm. It will be interesting to see what is revealed when the next Charles Smith shoe drops!

Thanks to Brennon and everyone at Jet City Winery for your help and hospitality. Special thanks to Bonnie and Richard for their incisive questions and analysis.

Here’s a video where Charles Smith talks about his Jet City Winery project.


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