Bob Betz spent more than 25 years in a variety of positions for Château Ste. Michelle. He's got the experience, and, as one of a handful of American Masters of Wine, a nice certificate on the wall. At Betz Family Cellars, he makes some of Washington's richest and most complete red wines from Bordeaux varieties. Betz's success extends to Syrahs as well; his are at once silky, highly concentrated and wild -- and, along with those of Cayuse, more Rhone-like in style than any others in Washington State. Grapes are sourced from several growers in the Columbia Valley, specifically the Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, and Red Mountain, at sites where growers cooperate with Bob's field team. The construction of a new winery in 2005 has allowed him to increase production, but his time here may be limited. In 2011 Bob and his wife, Cathy, sold the winery to Steve and Bridgit Griessel, with Bob slated to remain as winemaker for another five years.