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Our Story

Meet Our Team

Our first vintage at Barons was in 2001, and since day one we have been dedicated to producing world class, premium wines from the finest vineyards in Washington state. We are committed to the classic red and white grape varietals of Bordeaux, and strive to make the best expressions of them possible.

Barons’ state-of-the-art winery and barrel aging facility is located in the Woodinville Wine Country, and our vineyards are located in the dry, desert lands of Eastern Washington. We ferment our reds in a combination of temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and 1000 gallon Nomblot concrete vessels. After fermentation, each lot is gently pressed and racked into a combination of new and used barrels. Our winemaker Matthew Loso, works with the top cooperages in Bordeaux, and each barrel is made specifically for Barons, with our choice of wood, grain and toast level. The Barons flagship Cabernets spend nearly two years in barrel, and are then bottle-aged for at least an additional year prior to being released. We ferment our white wines in a combination of temperature-controlled stainless steel, 185 gallon Nomblot concrete eggs and French oak barrels. They are aged sur-lies for a minimum of 5 months prior to bottling.

Matthew’s vast experience affords us the finest grapes Washington has to offer, and we take great pride in the wines we produce from them. Delicious upon release, each wine is crafted with balance, ample acidity to age gracefully, and have a fine polish.

Founders / Principles

In 2001, Chuck Carpenter (left) and Gary McLean (4th from left) founded Barons Winery along with three other partners. This came as no surprise to most of the Washington wine industry insiders, as they all already knew Chuck and Gary to be dedicated collectors and ambassadors of Washington’s top wines. Sadly, Chuck passed away in April of 2013, and he is greatly missed.

Gary McLean (4th from left)

Coming from a successful career in the trucking industry, Gary McLean had a desire to produce a special, limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon from the best grapes grown. Having built his trucking company from the ground up, it was no surprise that his passion for wine morphed into winery owner. Gary lives in Seattle, enjoys golf, and has three daughters.

Jim Williams (2nd from left)

Jim joined Barons in 2012, after having been a long-time Barons customer. He owns a trucking company based in Spokane, WA, and enjoys golf and drinking Cabernet in his spare time.

Rick Ellingson (3rd from left)

Rick also joined Barons in 2012, and has a successful restaurant supply company that he runs with his family. He lives in Tacoma, and enjoys golf in the California Desert during the winter.

Roger Moore (2nd from the right)

Roger came to Barons after a distinguished career in the telecommunication industry, and acts as our CFO. He splits his time between Seattle and Arizona.

Tim Tweten (not pictured)

Tim is a restaurateur, owning the South Sound Restaurant Group. Tim joined the Barons family in 2012.

Matthew Loso, Winemaker

Matthew Loso first got the wine bug as a server, when an unexpected personnel change caused the Maître d’Hotel at a high-end restaurant in Seattle to suddenly proclaim him the “wine captain”. That was 1988, and he was a senior at Liberty High School in Issaquah, WA. By 1990 his focus had changed from serving wine to making wine. His first crush was at (long-gone) French Creek Cellars in Woodinville, where he spent 2 vintages, before going on to work under David Lake, MW at Columbia Winery. He went on from there to continue his craft at McCrea Cellars, one of Washington early Rhone specialists.

In 1993, Matthew launched Matthews Cellars (later Matthews Estate) with 75 cases of Red Table Wine, and a star was born. He remained at his namesake winery until 2008, when he sold his share of Matthews Estate to concentrate on his consulting business, which was booming along with the explosive growth of the Washington wine industry. Matthew has been making Barons wines from the very beginning, and brings a wealth of knowledge unparalleled in the Pacific Northwest, on both the technical and practical sides.

As one of Washington’s pioneer winemakers, he has mentored many winemakers who have gone on to fame and fortune, and is regularly consulted by other winemakers all across the region and beyond for his broad understanding of viticulture and viniculture. His wines (both at Barons and elsewhere) have received critical acclaim, more 90+ point ratings than can be counted, and most importantly, have stood the test of time. He believes that vineyard practices are just as important to the finished wine as what goes on at the winery, and spends untold hours in the vineyards each growing season.

Believing that in order to make world-class wine you have to know what it tastes like, Matthew has made a point of tasting the world’s greatest wines. An ardent collector, he has traveled extensively throughout the world’s classic wine regions, learning something from each area as he went along.

Jim Keller, Managing Partner

Jim Keller has been part of the Barons family since early 2014, and now serves as our Managing Partner. He came to Barons after a long and distinguished career in corrugated paper, serving as Senior Vice President of Weyerhauser’s Containerboard, Inc. division. He serves on a number of boards, and is the President of the International Corrugated Paper Association. Additionally, he serves as the Co-Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the University of Vermont’s School of Business. A Cabernet lover at heart, Jim resides in Gig Harbor.