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THE FAMILY


UNDER A TUSCAN SUN

The story of Chandler Reach Vineyard involves an old brick wall in Italy, the backside of a paper placemat on a United Airlines flight, a group of relentless friends, and an unexpected “Yes.” All with the mantra, I’m not starting a winery.

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THE FAMILY


UNDER A TUSCAN SUN

The story of Chandler Reach Vineyard involves an old brick wall in Italy, the backside of a paper placemat on a United Airlines flight, a group of relentless friends, and an unexpected “Yes.” All with the mantra, I’m not starting a winery.

A once reluctant winemaker, Len Parris’ serendipitous journey has given rise to an Italian style villa, winery and estate vineyard in Eastern Washington

The story of Chandler Reach Vineyard involves an old brick wall in Italy, the backside of a paper placemat on a United Airlines flight, a group of relentless friends, and an unexpected “Yes.” All with the mantra, I’m not starting a winery.

Perched right off I-82 between Richland and Prosser, the vineyard stretches down to the Yakima River, with a Tuscan style villa at the top that rises up like an Italian countryside oasis in the desert.

But the property was once filled with “tumbleweeds the size of Volkswagens,” says owner and winemaker Len Parris. “If it were a cash crop, I’d have already retired.”

According to Parris, a once reluctant wine guy, there’s been an aspect of dumb luck, or sheer serendipity that has happened at every juncture of his success story.

The Unexpected ‘Yes’
Parris was looking to invest in some property, and his father had left him a hobby farm adjacent to what is now Chandler Reach Vineyard. He thought about the land next to his father’s, which wasn’t for sale at the time, and thought, instead of the 21½ acres, it would be better to have 42 to do something with. He called the family who owned it, and the answer was unexpectedly, “Yes.”

The Brick Wall in Italy
In the spring of 1997, Parris and his wife joined three other couples—longtime friends—on a trip to Italy.  Instead of a quick trip to heavy tourist destinations, they stayed close to three weeks in one of the restored properties in Montestigliano, just south of Sienna.

“Every afternoon, my friend Richard Corella and I would take a bottle of jug wine made right there in the village and sit on an old stone wall,” Parris recalls, almost misty eyed.  “I told him I could do this—the lifestyle that is.”

Parris told him about the bucolic property he had in Eastern Washington, and Richard told Len a story of his uncle making wine.

“So I started thinking I could build like a clubhouse, a place to hang out, maybe plant about three acres of grapes…that was about it.”

But that night at dinner, his friend’s wife whispered in his ear, “I’m so excited. You’re going to build a winery?”

Another friend chimed in, “So you’re really thinking about building a winery?”

Read the rest of the story as published in Tasting Room Magazine

Our Benton City Family


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Our Benton City Family


SHELBEY SAWYER- General Manager In her off time from the winery, Shelbey enjoys family time with her husband and kids.  You can usually find her at the little league fields or at the park during the summer.  Camping and fishing are her top hobbies.  While her husband “fishes”, she prefers CATCHING on the Columbia River!  Salmon, sturgeon, steelhead and trout…she’s caught ‘em all!  Her favorite Chandler Reach wine is Monte Regalo.

SHELBEY SAWYER- General Manager

In her off time from the winery, Shelbey enjoys family time with her husband and kids.  You can usually find her at the little league fields or at the park during the summer.  Camping and fishing are her top hobbies.  While her husband “fishes”, she prefers CATCHING on the Columbia River!  Salmon, sturgeon, steelhead and trout…she’s caught ‘em all!  Her favorite Chandler Reach wine is Monte Regalo.

MATTHEW BOENZLI- Assistant Winemaker Matthew enjoys hiking, camping and exploring the outdoors with his soon-to-be-wife, Carissa. You can often find him in the movie theater, taking in a recent new release.  Not only does he love making wine, but in his off time he enjoys home-brewing.

MATTHEW BOENZLI- Assistant Winemaker

Matthew enjoys hiking, camping and exploring the outdoors with his soon-to-be-wife, Carissa. You can often find him in the movie theater, taking in a recent new release.  Not only does he love making wine, but in his off time he enjoys home-brewing.

JENNI EDDIE - Hospitality Coordinator  Jenni is extremely knowledgeable about the world of agriculture! If you can’t find her in the tasting room or vineyard there’s a good chance she is traveling, hiking, playing on the river, or taking a long weekend in Winthrop WA with her adorable dog Oakley. She loves to be surrounded by friends, family, and FABULOUS wines! Her favorite Chandler Reach wine is the Estate Reserve Barbera, 

JENNI EDDIE - Hospitality Coordinator

 Jenni is extremely knowledgeable about the world of agriculture! If you can’t find her in the tasting room or vineyard there’s a good chance she is traveling, hiking, playing on the river, or taking a long weekend in Winthrop WA with her adorable dog Oakley. She loves to be surrounded by friends, family, and FABULOUS wines! Her favorite Chandler Reach wine is the Estate Reserve Barbera, 

CANDACE CROFT-Tasting Room Associate Candace enjoys being at home with her two young girls and watching them grow. She loves traveling anywhere she can escape to near and far. In her spare time, (which is near non existent right now) she enjoys cooking and rooting on her favorite football and hockey teams. Not if but when, there is a wine glass in her hand you can bet its filled with her favorite Chandler Reach wine, Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc. 

CANDACE CROFT-Tasting Room Associate

Candace enjoys being at home with her two young girls and watching them grow. She loves traveling anywhere she can escape to near and far. In her spare time, (which is near non existent right now) she enjoys cooking and rooting on her favorite football and hockey teams. Not if but when, there is a wine glass in her hand you can bet its filled with her favorite Chandler Reach wine, Estate Reserve Cabernet Franc. 

DELT CLARK- Regional Sales Distributor

In his time away from the winery, Delt enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 kids. You can usually find them camping, fishing, hunting or chasing the kids around to all of their sporting events. When I have some free time you can find me at the tennis courts hitting some balls or playing some matches. His favorite Chandler Reach wine is the Cab Franc.

MARK QUINN- Tasting Room Associate

Mark is the longest-reigning member of the tasting room staff, predating all but the Parris family in tenure.  It has been pointed out that no one seems to know why he is still employed here.  In his time away from Chandler, he is a full time instructor at YVCC, Grandview campus, teaching communication courses and officed next to the student winery.  Mark is married to Anita and father to six adult children, only a couple of which like wine.  In his spare time (after school, Chandler Reach, coaching girls soccer, and announcing high school and college basketball) he plans camping and hiking activities which often go badly.  His favorite current CR release is the Cabernet Franc.



Our Woodinville Family


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Our Woodinville Family


MEGHAN PARRIS- Woodinville Tasting Room Manager & Distributor When she's not immersed in the daily operations of Chandler Reach Winery, Meghan spends most of her free time riding and caring for her two horses. As a student of metaphysics, she constantly studies a wide array of topics. In her downtime she enjoys helping with the remodel work around her house, playing with her dogs: Gracie, Ashley and Ivy, or gardening and cooking. Her favorite Chandler Reach wine is the Estate Reserve Barbera.

MEGHAN PARRIS-

Woodinville Tasting Room Manager & Distributor

When she's not immersed in the daily operations of Chandler Reach Winery, Meghan spends most of her free time riding and caring for her two horses. As a student of metaphysics, she constantly studies a wide array of topics. In her downtime she enjoys helping with the remodel work around her house, playing with her dogs: Gracie, Ashley and Ivy, or gardening and cooking. Her favorite Chandler Reach wine is the Estate Reserve Barbera.

KRISTEN ANDERSEN- Tasting Room Associate When I'm not working at our Woodinville tasting room I love to travel and explore new places. I enjoy spending time with friends trying new breweries in the area and dabbling in my own home brewing. During football season you can count on me being decked out head to toe cheering on our Seattle Seahawks!!!! My favorite Chandler Reach wine is the Reserve Cab Franc.

KRISTEN ANDERSEN- Tasting Room Associate

When I'm not working at our Woodinville tasting room I love to travel and explore new places. I enjoy spending time with friends trying new breweries in the area and dabbling in my own home brewing. During football season you can count on me being decked out head to toe cheering on our Seattle Seahawks!!!! My favorite Chandler Reach wine is the Reserve Cab Franc.

SKYE MACLEOD- Tasting Room Associate Skye loves hiking, trail running, and road trips with her golden retriever co-pilot, Smitty. She also works in the Bellevue School District as a guidance counselor, head soccer coach, and strength and conditioning coach for Bellevue Youth Football. Needless to say, she LOVES spending time in the Woodinville Tasting Room; dreaming, talking, and sipping wine with our incredible Chandler Reach family. Her favorite CRV wine of all time is Corella.

SKYE MACLEOD- Tasting Room Associate

Skye loves hiking, trail running, and road trips with her golden retriever co-pilot, Smitty. She also works in the Bellevue School District as a guidance counselor, head soccer coach, and strength and conditioning coach for Bellevue Youth Football. Needless to say, she LOVES spending time in the Woodinville Tasting Room; dreaming, talking, and sipping wine with our incredible Chandler Reach family. Her favorite CRV wine of all time is Corella.

SARAH BRUNO- Tasting Room Associate Hi! My name is Sarah and I'm the newest member of the Chandler Reach family and couldn't be more excited! I recently got married in October so when I'm not at the winery I'm enjoying newlywed bliss with my husband. I also play indoor soccer on a few teams and love to plan parties, cook and bake!  Although I love and enjoy all the Chandler Reach wines, I would have to say Monte Regalo is my favorite.

SARAH BRUNO- Tasting Room Associate

Hi! My name is Sarah and I'm the newest member of the Chandler Reach family and couldn't be more excited! I recently got married in October so when I'm not at the winery I'm enjoying newlywed bliss with my husband. I also play indoor soccer on a few teams and love to plan parties, cook and bake!  Although I love and enjoy all the Chandler Reach wines, I would have to say Monte Regalo is my favorite.

GUNNIE BOWZER- Tasting Room Associate

Outside of the tasting room you may find Gunnie exploring Seattle with her husband or friends. She loves taking bike rides on the Burke Gilman trail into Seattle and enjoying the arts, entertainment and beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer.  Gunnie's lively spirit, immense wine knowledge and memorable Swedish accent certainly make her a favorite among our customers and staff at the Woodinville tasting room. If she's not luring you into the tasting room with her favorite CRV wine, Viognier, she may be traveling to Sweden to visit family or catching some sunshine down in Palm Springs!