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A toast to a Washington wine pioneer

Post by David Seago on Oct. 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm with 1 Comment »
October 16, 2009 12:57 pm

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.

The New York Times today carries an obituary for Lake, crediting him for proving amid widespread doubts that syrah,  cabernet franc and pinot gris can grow well  in Washington and produce fine wine.

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.

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  1. derekyoung says:

    It seems hard to imagine Eastern Washington without the wine industry now.

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