Charles Smith is not only one of the best winemakers in Washington State—he's one of the best in the country. His amazing wines – known as much for their stellar quality as for their brilliantly austere packaging – have won him accolade after accolade over the last decade, including "Winemaker of the Year" from countless publications (including Food & Wine). But it's impossible to deny that it's the ex-rock band manager's polarizing personality as a brash party animal that has catapulted him to stardom.
So naturally, when Smith offered to show me his favorite bars and restaurants in Georgetown -- the Seattle neighborhood that is home to his new urban winery, Jet City – I jumped at the opportunity. Over the course of nearly seven hours with Smith and his Director of Winemaking, Brennon Leighton, I'd attempt to verify the rumors of his reputation as an outrageous egotist and roisterer – but not without nearly dying of alcohol poisoning in the process.
Jet City – 5:30pm