In 2006, Charles Smith started his eponymous range of wines, with the aim to create high quality, varietal specific wines true to the place of origin, at a price point everyone can enjoy. These Washington State wines are full of flavour, balanced and approachable, and have consistently garnered 90+ scores by leading industry critics.
Growing up just outside of Sacramento, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Charles began craving worldly travel at a young age, thanks to his Welsh mother and French father. Charles later moved to Denmark and while in Scandinavia, he spent the next nine years managing rock bands and concert tours throughout Europe, including the famed Danish duo, The Ravonettes. Wining and dining while on the road became a catalyst for his passion of wine, which ultimately triggered the career he has today.
A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true artisan and pioneer in the wine world. In 2009 Food & Wine magazine awarded Charles Winemaker of the Year, and in 2010 Seattle Magazine recognised him as their Winemaker of the Year.
“Some people don’t think that food and wine pairing is that important, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Just like when you find the perfect pair of jeans, there is no other pair that will do. It can be good, but when it’s just right, you’ll never settle for less,” says Charles.