Our Story

When we first opened our shop, our goal was to provide the very best wines from Washington... those wines that have limited production, and to tell the story and passion of the winemaker who produced them.  The inaugural voyage for our original inventory was completed in a U Haul truck!  Jeff Hellam and his dad Chuck set off for two weeks, driving throughout Washington wine country, visiting small boutique wineries, tasting hundreds of wines, making notes and purchasing wines for the shop that we felt had redeeming qualities, and wonderful stories.

This was in October, 2004.  We found some real gems, formed relationships with winery owners and winemakers, and used our experience working in the wine industry in the Yakima Valley to get the inside scoop on future wines being aged in barrel.  As a result, we have one of the most extensive, carefully selected wine collections from Washington State and the Northwest.  We've grown into the largest family owned and operated wine shop and wine bar in Washington State.  Much like the dedicated winemakers we support, ours is a story of passion and hard work.  Through the years, we've grown our collection to include fine wines from virtually every country producing good wines; from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to Chilean Carmenere, to more ecclectic selections like Polish cherry wine to Croatian reds, our selection compliments the vast choices from the Northwest.  Our passion is to bring you hand selected wines and ales that have exceptional quality... and a bit off the beaten path.