On May 25th 2017, an exclusive event was held at Misty Isle Farms, one of the largest and most iconic properties in Washington state. Located on Vashon Island, the urban ranch estate was founded by Thomas J. Stewart in 1978. Over the last forty years, Misty Isle Farms has expanded to encompass 525 acres across 44 tax parcels that embody Mr. Stewart’s aim to create a fully functioning gentlemen’s ranch filled with world-class landscaping within close proximity of Seattle.
Today, the property has cemented a reputation as one of the premier arboretums in the Northwest with over 3,000 planted trees of 300 varieties from around the world. There are also over 300 different perennial plant varieties of shrubs and bushes, and a Rose Garden that is home to over 100 different rose varieties. The property boasts over 8 miles of walking and riding trails with six custom bridges to enjoy the scenery; a driving range with chipping and putting greens that adhere to PGA Standards, a Heli-Pad and Hanger, and a private 2,200-foot landing strip for planes. From the main residence, it is not uncommon to see black angus cattle in the pastures set against the backdrop of Mount Rainier. In its storied history, the ranch has served as an entertainment location for a variety of events; from smaller parties and fundraisers to groups of up to 8,000 people.
For the May 25th Event, there was no shortage of things for the guests to see and do when they arrived at Misty Isle Farms. Guests were encouraged to walk the grounds and explore the various gardens; and to visit the 12,000 square foot showroom displaying vintage horse carriages.
Once everyone settled in, well-known Seattle sommelier David LeClaire opened several key bottles from the wine cellar for guests to sample.
The featured wines were from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s and included some of the best wines from France, Australia, California, and Washington. Opened vintage bottles included Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Haut Brion, Baron Henri Medoc, Penfolds Grange, Opus 1, Stags Leap, Silver Oak, Caymus, Kistler, Pride, Staglin Family, DeLille, Hedges, Quilceda Creek and others. Award winning Washington State wine makers Greg and Stacy Lill of DeLille Cellars based out of Woodinville, remarked on the impressive wine selection.