Charlie Johnson is a superb winemaker, and a great conversationalist. I drop in of a Saturday afternoon and he’s there, pouring and engaging the tasters in gentile, lively conversation. Charlie Johnson has been in the area for a long time and his knowledge of the regional scene is deep and broad – he even knew about a wine making group I used to belong to many years ago. They have Paint Night 3 nights a week.
The place is casual, welcoming; like going over to your favorite uncle’s house. Charlie is not casual about your tasting experience. When he goes from the whites to the reds, he changes your glass, to optimize the taste – don’t see that at many wineries. And those wines! Ward Johnson produces 750 – 900 cases a year. Many of the vintages are sold out – the math on this is easy; the wines are outstanding and keep rewarding you for drinking them. And it’s right here in town at 1445 Elliott Avenue W., Seattle, WA 98119. Reward yourself.