This is the story of the Washington wine industry and the region’s founding winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle. Peter Blecha recounts the past 50 years: from Chateau Ste. Michelle’s early decision to plant vineyards of native Eurasian vitis vinifera vines (instead of sticking with locally traditional grapes), to the art and science behind viticulture and enology––grape growing and winemaking––to Chateau Ste. Michelle’s forward-looking leadership and community involvement. In what is a relatively new winemaking region, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s roots reach surprisingly deep.