The vision for Bledsoe-McDaniels remains a premium, estate driven, wine experience, completely focused on quality.
THE TASTING ROOM ~ The Bledsoe-McDaniels tasting room is open by appointment only at our new winery located at 3853 Powerline Road in Walla Walla, priority given to list members.
Years in the making, Bledsoe-McDaniels Winery is a partnership between NFL Quarterback and the proprietor of Doubleback and Bledsoe Family Winery, Drew Bledsoe, and renowned winemaker, Josh McDaniels. Being released for the first time in the Fall of 2020, the project is focused on site specific Walla Walla Valley Syrah and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir by highlighting palpable differences of varietal and site terroir while also indulging in often ignored or unseen similarities.
Josh McDaniels was born and raised in Walla Walla and at an early age fell in love with the wine industry. It was at Leonetti Cellar that he first toiled and witnessed the hard work and beauty that goes into creating a premium wine. Josh cultivated his interest in the industry by volunteering at local Walla Walla wineries and making wine of his own even as a young teenager. Winemaking captivated him and prompted his formal education from the Institute of Enology and Viticulture in Walla Walla while, at the same time, continuing to work under his mentor, Chris Figgins of Leonetti. To further his education, Josh interned in Argentina at Paul Hobbs’ Vina Cobos Winery, and took online and extension courses through Washington State University and U.C. Davis.
Upon his return from Argentina, Josh was hired as the Assistant Winemaker for FIGGINS where he continued with Leonetti, TOIL Oregon and Bledsoe-McDaniels production. Josh managed wine production for Figgins Family Wine Estates before moving into the role of Bledsoe-McDanielss Resident Winemaker after almost a decade. In 2015, Josh became the Winemaker & General Manger for Bledsoe-McDaniels and eventually its sister project, Bledsoe Family Winery. He has been named a “Game Changer of Washington Wine” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and is eagerly working alongside Drew and Maura Bledsoe to take Bledsoe-McDaniels to new heights.