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Andy and Heidi Shepherd, Touring French Vineyards and Wineries

Heidi recalls that she had a house with a two car garage. She married Andy, and one day one of the cars was moved out of the garage so Andy could make wine. Using Washington fruit, Andy had success. Soon the other car was moved out of the garage so that the garagistes winery could grow. What began as a hobby soon was becoming serious.

Andy commented on how nice it is to work with the wine growers and winemakers, both home winemakers and commercial, in the state of Washington. There is always someone who will lend a helping hand. The garagistes winery has grown into a partnership to form Eight Bells Winery in Seattle Winery. The partners, with home wine making experience, work well together crafting outstanding wines that score well. This small boutique winery wants to remain small. There is a personal hands on approach, similar to the personal hands on of a home winemaker.


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