Road Trip to Charles Smith & K Vintners

Since Walla Walla, Washington is exactly 4 hours from Portland we pretty much had to take a couple days and road trip out to see Charles Smith and the crew at K Vintners. Following the incredibly scenic drive from Portland along the Columbia River Gorge, we arrived in Walla Walla late Sunday afternoon with just enough time to crush a cheese board and a few glasses of wine before they closed down the tasting room. Olson Kundig Architects did an outstanding job with Charles Smith's Walla Walla headquarters, a clear statement of the edgy industrial design that perfectly reflects the aesthetic of the brand.

In the morning we met with Charles' sufficiently rock'n'roll winemakers Andrew Latta (K Vintners) an Brennon Leighton (Charles Smith Wines) for breakfast at Bacon and Eggs. After chatting politics and Walla Walla history over coffee and breakfast cocktails for a few hours we headed out to the vineyards, had a barrel tasting at the winery, and then Charles caught up with us for some lunch at a convenience store taqueria. An all around authentically Walla Walla experience. Here some photographic highlights: