Courtesy of Richard Duval
PROSSER, Wash. — Longtime contributors to the Washington wine industry, Dick and Wendy Shaw, of Walla Walla, have been selected as the 2018 Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame inductees by the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser.
Their induction will occur at the Legends Gala at the Center on Aug. 10.
Encouraged by Walter Clore, father of the Washington wine industry, the Shaws planted 100 acres of vineyard on the Wahluke Slope near Mattawa in 1981.
Today, they own approximately 2,800 planted acres in Eastern Washington, 520 of which are on Red Mountain, between Benton City and West Richland. The Red Mountain American Viticultural Area is highly regarded for producing some of the state’s most sought-after wines.
The Shaws sell wine grapes to more than 55 wineries, have their own brands, Henry Earl Estate Wines, and own the Henry Earl and Russell Creek wineries in Walla Walla. They are partners in J&S Crushing, a 20,000-ton facility in Mattawa, and most recently established Shaw Island Event Center for weddings and other occasions, near Bremerton. They are supporters of Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Wine Science Center at Washington State University.
“Doug and Wendy not only grow grapes, they also bring a great business sense to the industry,” said Doug Gore, vice president of vineyards, operation and wine making at Ste. Michelle and the 2017 Legends inductee.