Troy’s love of wine began early and was encouraged by family and friends. He apprenticed under Manfred Vierthaler helping him build a winery in exchange for winemaking instruction at the tender age of 19. He also planted his first vineyard of over 400 vines in the Hood Canal region. Troy’s wine education continued at Napa Valley College for Enology where he refined his winemaking style. While in California, Troy entered amateur wine competitions in Napa Valley and near UC Davis where he won first, second, and third for his Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and blends. At this point Troy had an opportunity to move back to the Kittitas Valley where he established the Thrall & Dodge Winery in 2005.
Kim is responsible for all of the direct management of the winery, events, and the wine tasting room in Kittitas, WA. She is a retired Social Worker where she spent the majority of her career helping people in need. Her experience includes working with the public, government agencies, and as an event planner. She excels at customer service as well as resource and event management and is Troy’s right hand in the winemaking process. Kim is a passionate foodie and wine connoiseur and brings this dedication to our tasting room where she hand selected the menu. Kim brings her boundless energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail to everything she does and it shows. She can often be found managing the tasting room when she’s not out making deliveries, working in the vineyard or at the winery. Please stop in and say hello.