Wine News

Recent article posted in the Tribune about club member John Olsen's winery.


Home winery making it big as part of burgeoning Snohomish wine industry

SNOHOMISH - The strong wine community in Snohomish is clear, but the journey to producing wine on a commercial scale is something few fully know.

For John and Kathy Olsen of ALIA Wines, what began as a wine-making hobby morphed into a lucrative passion that has been 20 years in the making.

The Olsens make and sell wine out of their shop-garage, which is not even 30 feet from their house in the unincorporated county area. A path of stepping stones marks the way between the two structures, and upon walking through the first threshold, one is greeted with an information table about their winery and two roomfulls of wine barrels. One's scent and taste are immediately activated by their commanding occupancy, but the scent is not quite "wine-ish" — it's fermenting wine grapes and grape skins. The meeting room and office are upstairs, with well-applied paint, décor and space.

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