What do Randy Dunn, Michel Rolland, Philippe Melka, and Agustin Huneeus Sr. have in common? You may recognize these names as the producers of $100-plus bottles from around the globe, but what you may not know is that they are all part of the Long Shadows collection of wineries, based in Walla Walla, Wash.
This project came together under the leadership of Allen Shoup after he retired from running the Stimson Lane wine group, owner of Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest. His vision was to bring together some of the world’s most prominent winemakers to make top-notch wines from Washington grapes. If Penfold’s Grange is too pricey at $250 a bottle, try its former winemaker John Duvall’s "Sequel" for $50. Maxing out at $55, all the Long Shadows’ labels (branded individually) come at a fraction of the price of these vintners’ flagship brands. Our other favorites include the Chester-Kidder cabernet sauvignon/syrah blend, the Poet’s Leap riesling, and the Feather cabernet sauvignon.
If you get the chance to visit their beautiful tasting room in Walla Walla, in addition to the great wine, you’ll get to see several mind-blowing pieces of Chihuly glass art.