New Website

Posted by wmw on April 11, 2013

Wow! The new website is up and running!! Somehow, it just felt "right" that the first blog on our new website should be about the new website. Who knows what might show up here at some later date? Words From The Winemaker, Recipes, General Musings -- you just never know! Right now we are just excited that our new website gives us the ability to share more with you.

Rusty Gibbs from Leavenworth, WA (Gibbs Graphics), is responsible for our great new design and layout, and our son Vicente McKee from West Seattle (Driven Development) is the "behind- the- scenes IT guy" who actually makes it all work. As it has been aptly said before, "If you like it, tell other people, if you don't like it, tell us" (what the problems are).

The "Winemakers Wife", Mary Ann, came up with the idea of photographing the wine bottles (herself) in their "natural setting", so to speak: i.e., in different locations on the winery property. If you look closely when visiting, or take the orchard/vineyard tour, you might recognize some of the more "obscure" locations! It was definitely fun, but also a bit challenging, particularly when one of our resident "ponies" decided to join the "shoot". And, not to be outdone, Susie the winery dog had to get in on the act, too. (So please don't blame our web designer for any photos that are not perfectly "composed"!) Many, many pictures later, the Wines page took shape.

Speaking of pictures... we hope you enjoy the slide show on the home page, as well as our photo gallery. Most are pictures that Charlie and Mary Ann have taken over the years, SOMEWHERE on the winery property, with a few "professional" shots thrown in: Icicle Valley Photography took the picture of Charlie and Mary Ann in the barrel building on the About Us page (Reed Carlson had the unenviable task of trying to make us look good!), and Dick Beltz Photography took the (best) vineyard shot that we have (see the Photo Gallery).

Enjoy "cruising" the new site, and PLEASE let us know if you find something that isn't "working" properly. We look forward to your eventual visit to our winery, and subsequent visits to both the winery and our website.