Pete Mathews of MVP Vintners
MVP Vintners is likely the newest tasting room on Lake Chelan, having opened in June just in time for the summer season. A tasting room and patio overlook the lake from the north shore in the charming town of Manson. You can bring your own picnic or indulge in tasting room plates to pair with wine or beer. Several wines from around the world are always available in the tasting room to compare with the MVP wines. Artisan pastas and sauces can be purchased for those who prefer to sip and eat at home.
MVP is the creation of three key partners: Pete Mathews, Ron Ventimiglia, and Jon Picard. Their flame logo reflects the role that recent Chelan fires played in the birth of MVP. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, MVP has emerged with amazing creativity, energy, and commitment. They offer a lineup of memorable wines, some unique for the area such as a Chenin Blanc-Chardonnay blend and a Kokomo Viognier that's the tropics in a glass. In this interview, former actor and professional golfer Pete Mathews discusses the challenges of opening a new tasting room, the role fire played in the partnership, the significance of “the next best thing”, the best cheese to pair with Tempranillo, and much more.
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