Buzz and Karen Buckingham’s ventures in the wine industry started when their children attended school in Walla Walla at Whitman College. Convinced by a noted winemaker that they too could make wine, they gathered five other couples with similar passions and made a barrel of wine in their barn in Sammamish. Kent Waliser from Sagemoor Vineyards agreed to sell them some amazing grapes, though they had no experience. One barrel soon became 22! They consulted with Cheryl Barber Jones, former winemaker for Chateau St. Michelle and Silver Lake Wineries, and along the way made award winning wines under the label Rock Meadow Cellars.
After some years, they decided to venture out and started their own winery, Sol Stone. They wanted a name that symbolized the circle of life. From the warming sun to the rocky soils that nurture Washington grape vines and also demonstrate the heartiness found in nature and man to overcome adverse conditions. Combining their passions for wine and philanthropy, they use a portion of profits to support Guide Dogs for the Blind and The WAVE Foundation which benefits domestic violence organizations. Their grapes are sourced from premium vineyards throughout the state; Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Tempranillo, Viognier, Syrah and Chardonnay plus a premier Rhone blend, “Stoners Red.”