Maltby’s Big Moment

For years, Woodinville wineries have been shoehorned into tiny warehouses. The never-ending search for space can mean stacking barrels floor to ceiling, Tetris-ing them about with forklifts. “We literally had two inches above our top stacked barrel,” says Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery. “Everything was down to the inch.”

At JM Cellars, the production area doubled as an event space in its off hours. Every time he booked a wedding, remembers owner and winemaker John Bigelow, “I’d have to move all the barrels around” for the ceremony.

Bigelow started to look elsewhere for more space. Then he met a developer planning to build

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