Dick Boushey, Owner
Dick has earned the respect of his peers by his involvement in the Washington Wine Growers Association, being honored as ‘Grower of the Year’ in 2001. During our visit this winter, Dick answered all our questions with humility and knowledge. He is always helpful by giving us the information we need to understand the role of the vineyard in our winemaking practices. You can’t help but be taken in by his enthusiasm for what is happening in this growing industry in Washington State.
Dick farms about 60 acres planted mostly in Sangiovese, Merlot, and Syrah grapes. His Syrah vineyard is considered one of the best in the state. Dick is always experimenting with new varietals and he believes that Washington may be perfectly suited to grow almost anything in the varied sub-climates in Eastern Washington. Dick’s vineyards are located near Grandview, WA. Not far from the much acclaimed Red Mountains, Dick’s vineyards are cooler, allowing the fruit to hang up to three weeks longer. This allows the full depth of varietal character to mature, giving the winemaker the ability to create wines of unusual balance.
Capstone Cellars is pleased to make three wines with the label designation "Boushey Vineyards". They include our Merlot, Sangiovese, and Syrah.
Jim Willard, Owner
Willard farms have been in this family for generations. Jim and his wife have seen the transformation of the Yakima Valley first hand by embracing the growing wine industry and adding vineyards to what was the home of a variety of other crops. They were involved with the start of Covey Run Winery in the early 1980’s. The Willards are what we call ’salt of the earth’ type of people: hard-working, smart, and productive. Their 260 acres of vineyards look over the Yakima Valley just north of Prosser, WA.
Our Bordeaux blend, Unicus, is made from Jim’s 30-year- old vines and are the heart and soul of this wine.