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the vine

Story By Rick Steigmeyer photos By Kathryn Stevens

Charlie and MaryAnn McKee, owners of Wedge Mountain Winery in Peshastin, stand outside “the cave.” It’s where they used to have their tasting room, but they now use the space to store their wine.

Charlie’s Stash Wedge Mountain’s award-winning winemaker has small winery with big reputation

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harlie and MaryAnn McKee bottled little more than 130 cases of wine in 2001, when their Wedge Mountain Winery was licensed as one of the Wenatchee Valley’s first wineries. A dozen successful years have passed and the Dryden couple are still bottling only between 1,000 and 1,500 cases of wine, mostly luscious red blends and varietals with small selections of whites and

decadent dessert wines. It’s a tiny speck in the rapidly expanding world of wine. But it’s a very tasty speck indeed. As when they started their commercial winery, Charlie and MaryAnn continue to do everything themselves, from growing a portion of their grapes in their Stony Hill Vineyard to serving and selling the wine at the tasting room in their new straw bale construction winery. A few close

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