Andrew Will and Washington Wonders

The first winery location in 1989 was as simple as a building can be and still call it a building. At one time it had been the walkway between two adjoining structures that had a roof put on. We called it home for five vintages and were able to make 2000 cases in an area 10 feet by 60 feet. We used a tape measure. The winery was named for nephew Andrew and son Will, pictured above.

When we moved to Vashon in 1994  it was as if the circus came to town. All of the barrels of wine I had made and all the equipment and all the case goods were loaded on two trucks and the 20 minute drive from Lower Queen Anne to West Seattle got underway. The winery landed on Vashon about an hour later and we unloaded all and got ready for the 1994 harvest.

Since then we have added another building for case storage and expanded the winery to allow for tanks and the rest of the machinery we use each fall. Every year we wait and take what is given us and are thankful for that start in making the newest vintage. Each year brings a sense of passage and surprise so that when all is in barrel in November we can sit and look at what we have done with a sense of something new and old being a few yards from our house. The history of the winery is the history of and repetition of this yearly series of events we participate in and later mull over. The history of the winery expands itself over time by opening the bottles and going over all that took place in time to get what is in the glass in focus and hopefully be glad for what we have done.

Germany and the Rhine

German wine has for a long time been associated with sweet sweet sweet. Come and learn how much variety and abundance Germany produces. You might be surprised!

Lets explore and find some new favorites!

Burgundy: The Original Gold Coast

Burgundy has long been the romantic picture of french winemaking. From the rich history to the elevated reputation and miniscule production. Even though predominantly only two grapes are grown here there is a lifetime of wine to experience. We will just be scratching the surface but hopefully it will begin a love affair.

Fun is in the Cards

Fun is in the cards!

Join us at J9 Wine Bar on Thursday February 13th for a night of seductive wines and exciting futures. We will be hosting a talented tarot card reader to help you learn what’s in your cards.

Sign ups for the reading will be at the bar on the evening of the event. The reading will be $15 You will have the option of signing up for a solo reading or two person. 

We will be offering a tasting of wines filled with sensual textures and flavors. Take some time to indulge in a little romance. 


*Please respond via email if you’d like to book a larger group or pre purchase the reading.



Why do I like this wine? A class in palate and preference: White Wine

How many times have you gone out, had a fantastic wine and had no idea why you liked it?

The point of this class is to break down major categories and flavors of wine. First and foremost we want to help you understand why you like the wines you like and how to find them again.

We will be trying a series of wines and discussing the major characteristics from a consumer viewpoint. We will also discuss how to communicate to be sure you get something you enjoy.

Ultimately it will give you tools to hone your palate and start your exploration.

Why do I like this wine? A class in palate and preference. Red Wine

How many times have you gone out, had a fantastic wine and had no idea why you liked it?

The point of this class is to break down major categories and flavors of wine. First and foremost we want to help you understand why you like the wines you like and how to find them again.

We will be trying wines and discussing the major characteristics from a consumer viewpoint. We will also discuss how to communicate that to be sure you get something you enjoy.

Ultimately it will give you tools to hone your palate and start your exploration.

Re discover Greece

Greece is a cradle of art, history and yes…wine!  Join us to learn about the new dedication to terroir and the expression of native varieties!

Lets explore and find some new favorites!

Piedmont’s Pleasures

Bordering France, this region produces some of the most noble and esteemed reds in the world.

We will introduce you to this most cultured of regions and it’s favorite grape, Nebbiolo!