Carol and Jim Parsons began their passion for wine in 1982, when they opened a retail wine and cheese store in Seattle. They have toured wine regions of the world, tasting, learning and increasing their appreciation for the complexities and nuances that combine to create great wine. With a group of seven friends, they made their first 50 cases of Red Sky Wine in their Bellevue home in 1999 under the guidance of their winemaker, John Ogburn. John continued as head winemaker until passing the reins to Carol in 2006. In that same year Red Sky had the fortune of bringing on Gretchen Michaels with her artist talents, recent wine industry experience and business background. Later, Red Sky gained the help of Dick Mettler, a graduate of South Seattle Community College's wine program, and retained the lab work of independent consulting enologist, Erica Orr. Today, Red Sky is predominantly a woman run winery.
The winery has grown slowly to a current production of 1000 cases producing wines from some of Washington's finest vineyards in an effort to produce rich, elegant and complex wines that compliment foods.
Red Sky ages all of its wines in barrels from different countries and regions to impart multifaceted aromas and flavors. The Red Sky team strives to make wines that increase in intricacy over time as the wine develops and matures. Red Sky purchases grapes from Walla Walla to Mattawa, including such exceptional vineyards as Boushey, Conner Lee, Klipsun, Dennis Pleasant's Chelle den Pleasant vineyards, Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, Rosebud, Destiny Ridge, Dineen and Stillwater.
Stop by our Woodinville, Washington tasting room to try our wines. You will be greeted by the friendly smiles and good humor of Michelle, Eva, John & Judy, Eric, Jim, Rose, Leslie Lianne, CJ, or one of our many wonderful volunteers at special events. We're open every Saturday from 12 to 5pm and Sundays in the summer 1-4 PM. Choose from current releases and purchase for your own enjoyment at home with friends and family, maybe even sign up for our wine club!
Please view our photo album for some fun winery & event pictures too!