It is just over a year since I authored my first wine blog. At that time there were right around 24 wineries within our Lake Chelan Wine Valley. We have now grown to 30 and expect to reach 33! Several of the wineries expanded to a second location, but the rest of the growth is new wineries popping up and sharing the fruits of their labors. It is so exciting to see the talent and passion of the new wine makers. So many are family run wineries with involvement of the entire family in the operation. A perfect example of that is Radiance Winery in Manson. Located in a renovated 100 year old red barn on Klate Road, Radiance Winery has created a warm and welcoming place to taste and enjoy their wines. On a recent visit to the winery I was greeted by the entire Crowder family, as I entered the tasting room. I felt so welcomed and comfortable – just like being at home. The purpose of my visit was to have a second taste of their Chardonnay since we had just added that to our selection of wines at the Culinary Apple. It was just as delicious as I remembered. Lightly oaked with a silky texture and clean finish, it is a very enjoyable Chardonnay. Equally enjoyable was the opportunity to visit with the Crowder family and hear their story. I am excited to watch them grow and develop their wines. Radiance Winery is a wonderful addition to the Lake Chelan Wine Valley and a great addition to the wine shelf at Culinary Apple.