The People Behind the Great
Shirley and Gail Puryear
Gail and Shirley
Puryear met at Washington State University. They were married in
1968 and moved to California where Gail worked as a teacher and
Shirley as a social worker.
They moved back to Washington in 1979 where Gail took a job as
principal in the Toppenish School District. They planted
the vineyard in 1980 and harvested the first grapes in 1984.
They started the winery in 1985 with Chardonnay, Riesling, and
Gail was able to leave public education in 1992 and pursue
winemaking as a full-time career. Gail remained the winemaker
until 2007 when the title was turned over to Bill and Gail
became the Vigneron.
Shirley has always been the CEO and Wine Goddess.
Alfonso helped us lay
our brickwork on the driveway and helped with some landscaping.
We had such a good time together, that he continued to work for
us in the vineyard and is now our Vineyard Foreman. Alfonso
knows every square inch of the vineyard, supervises pruning and
picking crews when we need them, and can fix just about anything
mechanical. He also is the one who remembers where we have
buried electrical lines, water lines, and drain lines.
He is a valuable employee and friend.
Kevin has worked two crushes for us
before assuming full winemaker duties. You might
also see him in the tasting room behind the counter pouring
Kane has returned to host the tasting room. Many of you remember
her smile and jovial manner.