Capital Press - A Family Winery with Vision

Washington wine visionary Allen Shoup founded Long Shadows winery in 2002 as his second act. “Before that, Allen was president and CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle winery for 20 years,” said his stepson, Dane Narbaitz, who is now president and CEO of Long Shadows.

Shoup ran Ste. Michelle during a period of tremendous growth in the industry, and was a pioneer of Washington wines.

While at Ste. Michelle, he established winemaking partnerships with Italy’s Piero Antinori to create Col Solare, a Super Tuscan-styled blend of red varietals from the Columbia Valley, and worked with Germany’s Ernst Loosen to develop Eroica, an off-dry Riesling.

Inspired by the idea of international partnerships, Shoup envisioned Long Shadows as an alliance highlighting the quality and diversity of Washington vineyards.

Building on the international partnerships he established at Ste. Michelle and taking inspiration for Long Shadows from his friend and mentor Robert Mondavi (whose Opus One collaboration with Baron Philippe de Rothschild furthered the prestige of Napa Valley), Shoup recruited a dream team of international winemakers to make a single Washington wine.

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