Viticulturist: Confidence Israel
Production: (1998) 1000 cases
Vineyards: 6 acres planted in Marechal Foch, Lemberger, Siegerrebe, White Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay, Marechal Joffre, Leon Millot, Baco Noir, Lucie Kuilhman
Distribution: Sales at the winery and local stores
The Alexander family has been involved in small-scale agriculture and food processing for many years. Loyalty's father had experimented with home winemaking when Loyalty was young.
In 1986, the Alexanders started farming organically north of Kettle
Falls, in the far northeastern corner of Washington State. They added
a food processing facility two years later, where they make salsa,
pickles, pickled garlic and beans, and jams. In 1993 they crushed
their first grapes for wine, and have been growing ever since. China
Bend also produces the Chateau L'Amour wines in conjunction with a
friend who owns The Bistro in
The Wines: (Summer 1998)
Bart Loyalty Alexander 1993-present
Of special note:
All of China Bend's wines are made from organic grapes (the vineyards and gardens are certified organic by the state), and the wines are made without sulfites or additives. The winery is the most remote in Washington state, and is a demonstration of the Alexanders' commitment to a natural lifestyle. The organic gardens surround the winery, food processing facility, and the Alexanders' home. There is also boat moorage on Lake Roosevelt with access to the winery. A trip to the winery feels like a trip back 30 years to a naturalistic commune, and a visit with Loyalty reinforces this feeling.
Loyalty sees wine as the ultimate in healthy, natural foods when it is grown and made as China Bend does: organic gardening practices, only yeast--no preservatives--added during processing. Says Loyalty, "I want to bring peace to the world, and good healthy wine."
China Bend has several annual festivals: a Memorial Day weekend celebration, Fourth of July celebration, garlic festival in late August, and a Nouveaux festival the second weekend in November.
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