Out of Office: Time Away From the Cubicle

There were not always grapes in Coyote Canyon.

First, it was an arid plot of land, used to test bombs in WWII.

Then, the Andrews family tried growing wheat there, with mixed results.

In 1953, the first well was drilled, and Mike Andrews started raising irrigated crops and a developed a whole new passion – raising Hereford cattle.

Then, a new idea; grapes.  A vineyard.  It started with a small portion of the farm; just 50 acres.  Now it is an 1100 acre vineyard.  Just like his passion for cattle, it just kept spreading.  From the first acre was planted, Mike had a vision:  his own winery.  And on Mother’s Day, 2006, that dream came true.

Ten years later, some things have changed at the winery, with new vintages and a brand new tasting room.  But many things remain the same:  Mike’s passion for his grapes and cattle and the family tradition of making excellent wine.

Mike is rightfully proud of his wines, grapes, and land. In his view, the wines made from Coyote Canyon’s grapes can compete with the finest of the world. More than 25 international awards prove him right.

If you are lucky enough to find Mike in the tasting room, you can’t leave without asking about the history of the family. And do not forget to inquire about Big John. In the picture, Mike is the tall guy with a hat. Maybe you need another hint, he is wearing sunglasses.

Mike is a dynamo, quite often busy in the vineyard, answering calls from friends and clients, so it is a possibility that he will be away from the tasting room. So if he isn’t there, you might be fortunate enough to speak with Justin the winemaker. He will be more than happy to answer your questions and discuss the Coyote Canyon Wines. DO NOT FORGET the albariño!!!!

Coyote Canyon Winery is another example of family and tradition combining in a perfect blend in Central Washington.  They create amazing wine, jobs in our state, and an incredible experience should you be fortunate enough to visit.

 

Miguel Moreno, Account Executive Small & Rural Businesses, Impact Washington

 

Miguel is an international bilingual senior manager, with experience in implementation and maintenance of Quality Management Systems and process improvement, project management, customer and vendor relations, in nationwide companies, different environments and industries.
He loves new challenges is eager to learn about new processes.
He can analyze any process and apply my skills and knowledge to transform it into a standardized, efficient, and lean process.  Miguel has lived in Spain, Mexico, and Colorado, just to name a few places.  He is fluent in both English and Spanish.  Out of Office is a collection of his weekly musings, travels, and experiences in Washington State. 

He welcomes comments, questions, and requests for free business valuations.  He can be reached at mmoreno@impactwashington.org.

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