Ron Irvine of Vashon Winery may be the most approachable winemaker on the planet. Step into his tasting room—a charming rustic barn that also serves

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Best Winemaker

Ron Irvine

Ron Irvine of Vashon Winery may be the most approachable winemaker on the planet. Step into his tasting room—a charming rustic barn that also serves as his winemaking facility—and you're just as likely to leave with a cutting of chasselas (the world's oldest grape varietal) as you are slightly buzzed from his stand-up vino. Toss a bit of wine-speak into the conversation and Irvine will artfully reroute it so as not to exclude any taster within ear's reach, but linger after those drinkers leave and he'll be sure to answer your wine-specific questions. He's also one of the only vintners around to make pinot noir from grapes grown right on Vashon, making those bottles as Seattle-centric as they get in the Puget Sound AVA. Those wines are good—but the lovely Tramp Harbor Red blend is as crowd-pleasing and versatile as his approach to an often-stuffy industry. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT 10317 S.W. 156th St., Vashon Island, 567-0055, vashonwinery.com

 
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