A Winemaker's Journey


Five years ago my colleague and friend Chris Loeliger took a leap of faith into the world of wine. Chris and his wife Dawn sought out to build a winery of their own—and they’ve been crushing the industry and grapes along their way.


They knew the journey wouldn’t be easy, but they also weren’t sure just how difficult it would be. Along with growing grapes and making wine, the couple has had to learn how to run the farm and processing plant, not to mention devise complicated schematics to ensure efficiency in all systems and processes from start to finish.

Washington offers an incredible community for winemakers and Chris is always eager to discuss the support they’ve had through the ups and downs. With a slew of mentors behind them, the Loeligers quickly learned the importance of relationships with fellow wineries. Rather than compete with other businesses, winemakers often see opportunity in each other. When wine tasting people don’t just go to one winery and stop, they instead set out for a day of fun venturing from winery to winery—allowing winemakers the opportunity to refer customers to one another.


The Loeligers have done a tremendous job finding refuge with those in the industry while recognizing the importance of the consumer. After investing an incredible amount of time towards the business, the wine, training staff members and much more, TruthTeller Winery has become local favorite—and it is largely due to their ability to connect with the people. Wine is only as good as the atmosphere you’re enjoying it in, and the Loeligers know how to provide the experience of a lifetime!

Today I’m proud to call Chris a friend and my go-to guy for wine. If you’re looking for a new find, try one of my favorites: Frolic, a 100% Viognier; Satire, a Yakima Valley red blend; and The Confidante, a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. What are you waiting for? Head over to TruthTellerWinery.com today and try their wines for yourself!