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Wine.com Presents Washington State Winemaking Wizards
Join this talented trio of Washington winemakers Charles Smith, Kate Michaud, and Juan Muñoz-Oca as they describe their wizardry in producers award-winning wines. Charles will describe his latest project, Golden West Pinot Noir, Kate will present her Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon and Juan will share his Intrinsic Blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Host Gwendolyn Osborn will be live streaming the tasting on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 4:00-4:45pm PST / 7:00-7:45pm EST.

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Jun 4, 2020 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Washington Winemaking Wizards Trio
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Charles Smith
Award-winning winemaker Charles Smith is the founder of Washington’s largest winemaker-owned winery and is the 4th largest wine producer in the state. A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true artisan and a pioneer in the wine world. Started in Walla Walla in the late 1990’s with K Vintners, Charles has released award-winning wines year after year. He is the only person to have received Winemaker of the Year distinctions by both Wine Enthusiast (2014) and Food & Wine (2009). In 2015, he broadened his footprint with the opening of Jet City, the largest urban winery on the west coast. Located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, the winery has attracted tens of thousands of visitors since its debut. In 2017, he unveiled a new name for his international company and vast portfolio – Wines of Substance, which is defined as the quality of being important, valid and significant.
Kate Michaud
Winemakers are often called artists. But that’s not why art history major, Kate Michaud, ended up in wine country getting creative. Her passion was discovered while snowboarding in Colorado. Working odd jobs to finance her sojourn, Kate found she not only liked working with her hands, but there was also no better way to end the day than sitting by the fire, drinking wine. Starting with cellar work in California and a harvest in Australia, Kate landed the role of assistant enologist at David Bruce Winery. Then, she learned about the untapped potential of Washington State and knew it was where she needed to be. While serving as assistant winemaker at Canoe Ridge Vineyard, the adventurer craved a new challenge—to learn cold fermentation techniques in New Zealand. Afterward, Kate spent 10 years sharing her expertise as a consultant until the chance to make Cabernet Sauvignon at Double Canyon presented an opportunity to help shape the future of Horse Heaven Hills.
Juan Muñoz-Oca
Juan Muñoz-Oca is Executive Vice President of Winemaking, Vineyards and Operations for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, overseeing production at all of the company’s properties in Washington, Oregon and California. Juan first joined Ste. Michelle Wine Estates in 2001 as a viticulturalist, and then quickly rose through the winemaking ranks at Columbia Crest. Most recently, he was Vice President of Winemaking overseeing 14 Hands, BORNE of Fire, Columbia Crest, INTRINSIC, Northstar and Spring Valley Vineyard. Juan studied winemaking in Argentina where he received dual degrees in agricultural engineering as well as enology and viticulture from the National University of Cuyo, later he graduated from the Columbia Business School at Columbia University in New York.