Ever heard David Lake? Neither have I. But we lovers of Washington wines should raise a glass, preferably a nice Yakima Valley syrah, in his memory.
Lake died Oct. 5 at his home in Sammamish. Working back in 1979 for the company that eventually became Colombia Winery, the Times said, “he foresaw great days ahead for Washington wine, especially the syrah, which is now, largely because of his efforts, the state’s third most widely-planted grape, after cabernet sauvignon and merlot.”
That the Times would note his passing shows that Lake’s contribution to Washington winemaking was no small thing.