Chris Camarda grew up in a large family in the Queen Ann neighborhood in Seattle where he attended Seattle Prep and the University of Washington. It was in his mother’s basement that he first began making wine in 1987. Two years later, he started Andrew Will Winery, naming the wine for his son Will and nephew Andrew. Andrew Will is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, 2014.
Chris developed his interest and passion for wine after working in the Seattle restaurant business for more than 20 years. He is self-taught as a winemaker; relying on books and constant tasting as well as in the early years seeking advice from other winemakers he respected such as David Ramey and Gary Figgins.
Initially, the winery consisted of 900 square feet of rented industrial space in Seattle. In the early days, everything was done by hand from shoveling grapes into crushers, to labeling and delivering the wine. In 1994, the winery and its 36 barrels of wine moved to Vashon Island where Chris built his home and the winery on 5 acres.
In the early years, Chris focused on the single varietals Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, sourcing fruit from a number of vineyards in the Columbia Valley as well as Walla Walla.
Yet, as Chris developed his style of winemaking over the years, he chose to focus on the primacy of the vineyard over variety. He was in the forefront among Washington vintners to make single estate blends; each wine a different makeup of the Bordeaux varietals. His wines are named for the vineyards from which the fruit is sourced.
“I believe that an individual piece of property can form a signature – an identity – and it is that face that is the focus of my winemaking. We are trying to let the vineyards reveal themselves,” he says.
Over the years Chris has pared down the number of vineyards he works with. His now focuses on three vineyards in the Columbia Valley.
These vineyards include Chris’s own 32 acre estate Two Blondes in Zillah, first planted in 2000 and named for his late wife Annie who was blonde and the wife of their silent partner, also a blonde. Despite being 3 hours away from the winery, Chris is involved in the planting and development of the vineyard.
The other two vineyards which provide fruit for Andrew Will are Champoux Vineyard of which Andrew Will is part owner and Ciel du Cheval Vineyard where Chris has sourced fruit from his very first vintage.
Andrew Will case production remains at 5000 with no plans to expand. Despite the small production, Andrew Will wines are distributed throughout the country as well as abroad. In addition to the blends, the winery also produces small lots of other wines such Sangiovese and Syrah on the Cuvee Lucia and Annie Camarda labels. These wines are named to honor his daughter and late wife.
Chris is emphatic that he is first and foremost a Washington winemaker. As he puts it, “We are not Napa and we are not Bordeaux.” He adds, “I believe that if Washington is ever to be considered a great wine region we need to establish the characteristics of our geographical areas and the characteristics of each vineyard in those areas.”
In the spirit of the collegiality found among Washington’s wine community, Chris is a generous host to aspiring winemakers. Those that take the ferry out to Vashon Island, witness the passion Chris has not only for wine but art and music, as well.
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TO SNACK AND SHARE
warm potato chips 9
caramelized onion dip
confit tuna conserva 14
toasted baguette, preserved lemon, Mediterranean olives
cheese and charcuterie 24
selection of 3 cured meats and 3 artisanal cheeses, pickles, mustard, crostini
seafood tower 38
crab leg, poached prawns, scallop ceviche, marinated octopus, smoked salmon, rare ahi tuna, cocktail sauce, lemon aioli, wakami gomae
mezze plate 18
beet hummus, za’atar spiced Macedonian feta, marinated tomatoes, Castletravano olives, lavash
wagyu beef carpaccio nigiri 17
bonito mayo, pickled ginger, micro salad
crispy fried chicken 14
sumac spiced honey, sugar waffle shards
blistered shishito peppers 11
Aleppo chili, lime, smoked maldon, micro cilantro
satay trio 18
2 piece each
tandoori grilled salmon belly, raita
kabayaki glazed prawn, avocado salsa
grilled flank steak, hazelnut coconut sauce
sliders 5 each
Beef, caramelized onion, house pickle, pretzel bun
Salmon, tzaziki, cabbage slaw, pretzel bun
Chicken, lettuce, tomato, harissa aioli, pretzel bun
Quinoa vegetable, beet hummus, marinated tomato, pretzel bun
THE LIGHTER SIDE
north arm farm heirloom carrots 9
charred broccolini 9
potatoes mostarda 9
seasonal vegetables 9
fine herb butter
hand-cut kennabec fries 8
truffle aioli, chive
caesar salad 12
romaine, olive oil fried sourdough, white anchovies, parmesan
house-made beef burger 22
CAB chuck & brisket, brioche bun, aged cheddar, double smoked bacon, tomato, caramalized onions, lettuce, house made pickles
quinoa vegetable burger 17
red pepper hummus, tzatziki, lettuce, tomato, pickle, brioche bun, signature sauce
marinated Tofu poke bowl 23
shaved spring radish, chili pickled cucumber, avocado, warm jade rice, taro chips
braised beef cheek pappardelle 24
pearl onions, ricotta salata, pine nuts
carrot & saffron risotto 23
olive crumble, carrot chips
Seafood Chowder | 9
Salade Tatin | 15
spring vegetables, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters Neufchatel, marcona almonds, puff pastry, 62°egg
Steak Tartare | 15
Horseradish cream, capers, shallots, cured egg yolk
Pan Seared Scallops | 16
squid ink aioli, kohlrabi slaw
Hamachi Crudo | 17
kombu cured Hamachi crudo, yuzu, castelvetrano olives, puffed rice
Caesar Salad | 13
romaine, white anchovy, parmesan cheese, crouton
White Anchovy and Burrata Toastie | 17
rye bread, olive oil, basil tomato confit
Salad Maison | 15
Hannah Brook Farm greens, frisse, radicchio, pickled Anjou pear, spiced walnuts, Macedonian feta, basil vinaigrette
Asparagus and Prosciutto Salad | 17
snap peas, shaved zucchini, smoked apple, pea shoots, white balsamic dressing
DAILY SANDWICH | 16
served with choice of soup, salad or fries
Seafood Cobb Salad | 24
Scallop, prawn, seared ahi, candied salmon belly, salmon roe, heritage greens, avocado buttermilk dressing
Rossdown Free Range Chicken Salad | 24
Hannah Brook Farm Heirloom Greens, Hannah Brook Farm greens, frissee, radicchio, pickled Anjou pear, spiced walnuts, Macedonian feta, basil vinaigrette
Club Bowl | 19
mixed beans and sprouted grains, avocado, edamame hummus, tomato, hearty chips, puffed amaranth
add 62° egg 3.25
Tamari Sablefish Rice Bowl | 29
jade rice, crunchy shaved vegetables, ginger ponzu vinaigrette
Agadashi Chick Pea Fritter | 27
mushroom broth, enoki, baby bok choy
Sesame Crusted Rare Ahi Tuna | 29
edamame succotash, unagi glaze, crispy leeks
1892 Panini | 16
capicollo, provolone, ham, arugula, lemon aioli, ciabatta
Served with choice of soup, salad or fries
1892 Burger | 22
ground bison and beef, house made aioli, pickles, smoked bacon jam, radicchio, tomato, aged cheddar, brioche bun
Served with choice of soup, salad or fries
Steak Frites | 36
7oz Wagyu Sirloin, hand cut French fries, tomato horseradish butter, choice of petite salad, soup or heirloom vegetables
Charred Hanger Steak | 29
whipped potato, brocollini, sauce bordelaise
Pappadelle Sauce Vierge | 23
Heirloom tomato, basil, extra virgin olive oil, coriander
Add crab meat or braised short rib 8
Wild “Pacific Provider” Pacific Salmon | 35
tamari wild rice, bonito aioli, crisp seaweed
Chorizo Crusted Halibut | 42
roasted pepper emulsion, amaranth salad, mint chimicurri
Saffron & Carrot Gnocchi | 27
brown butter carrot puree, pinenut crumble, gruyere
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Thai Curry Chicken & Vegetable | 7
contains shrimp paste
PACIFIC FISH CHOWDER
Salmon Sablefish & Clams | 8
Smoked Salmon Toast | 15
avocado, cherry tomato, petite salad
toasted sourdough bread
soup, salad or fries
Baby Shrimp & Soba Noodle Salad | 18
mandarin orange, red cabbage, cherry tomato romaine, citrus dressing
Pan Fried Arctic Char | 22
basmati rice, mixed vegetables
baby shrimp cream sauce
Vanilla Custard Tart | 10
apple compote, cardamom crumble
Elderflower & Prosecco Gelee | 10
raspberry yogurt panna cotta
Red Velvet Cake | 10
cream cheese, shaved chocolate
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