December of 2015 WineGirl Wines expanded from its home base in Manson and launched a tasting room in Leavenworth. Winemaker Angela Jacobs and Todd Link also expanded their family with the arrival of their daughter Brooklyn Renée Link on August 11, 2016. They are again expanding with the addition of a 300 barrel storage area connected to their Manson winery.
Three hundred barrels is a bunch of wine considering each barrel contains about 60 gallons, 25 cases or 300 bottles and weighs about 500 pounds. So when the new storage facility is full it will contain enough wine for 90,000 bottles! The new addition adds 1140 square feet of space with eighteen foot ceilings allowing barrels stacked six high. The heating and air conditioning system will be busy keeping the temperature at a constant 58 degrees, perfect for wine. White wine is stored one year with reds three years.
Angela’s journey from a young college girl with the dream of being a winemaker, to her success of owning and operating a winery is an amazing story and worth reading on WineGirl Wine’s website. Angela’s dad wanted her to be a doctor but instead, after graduating from the University of Washington in 2003 with degrees in Biochemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology and minors in Chemistry and Botany, she began a world tour following the fall grape harvests and learning winemaking skills from renowned winemakers.
Todd Link, the “General” as Angela calls him was born in East Wenatchee and moved with his family to Redmond, Washington in his 8th grade year. After graduating from high school Todd joined the Navy serving as an air traffic controller during Operation Desert Storm. Completing his cruise with the navy he returned back to Washington and worked in the restaurant business for a few years then spent 17 years working as an Engineer for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
Todd and Angela met in 2015, it was love at first sight……that’s what they both say. When the possibility of opening a tasting room in Leavenworth raised its head Todd bought into the business and now they are partners. Angela makes the wine and Todd manage employees, events, and daily sales operations. Todd’s communication and networking skills in the community have been invaluable in promoting the growth of the winery.
When I asked Angela what her favorite wine was and there best selling wine she said, “My favorite is a refreshing white any day of the week or a full-bodied red with dinner. This weekend I will drink Chardonnay! There’s something for everyone, arguable they’re all best sellers. Cab Franc and Malbec or Rosé and Pinot Gris might disappear a little faster than the others.”
Besides producing some great wines Angela and Todd make use of their beautiful “backyard” at the Manson Winery with a ton of events throughout the summer. Every Monday night is Tipsy Trivia Night starting at 6:30. Todd is the Trivia Master and it is a team event, very fun. Movie Night takes place on Wednesday and Sundays starting at 8:00. Todd even provides blankets if it gets a little cool outside.
WineGirl Wines will be hosting Lake Chelan of Chamber Commerce’s Lake Chelan Business After Hours on June 15 starting at 6:00, Summer Blues Music with Jesse James on June 23rd, JunkBelly Live on July 15 and Summer Blues Music with Jesse James on August 11th. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for upcoming events.
By Norm Manly