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Woodinville’s William Church Winery makes heavenly reds

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WOODINVILLE — With his sixth harvest complete, winemaker Marcus Rafanelli believes he’s gaining a greater understanding of Washington grapes.

Rafanelli joined William Church Winery in July 2008 after graduating from Walla Walla Community College’s winemaking program. Today, he makes 2,800 cases for William Church owners Rod and Leslie Balsley, and his reds are now just as strong as the Viognier that has been his signature wine.

“As I’ve gained experience, it’s been easier to build those blends,” he said. “I’ve…

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