Welcome to a Virtual Taste Washington!
As we all know, Taste Washington, the country’s largest single region wine event, was cancelled this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This weekend, we’ll be bringing you a taste of Taste Washington by posting information about some of the wineries that were planning to participate. This information was requested and collated by the Washington State Wine Commission, and is being shared in partnership with their ‘A Taste of (Taste) Washington’ digital showcase on various social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, New Epicenter site).
Wineries were asked: 1) How would you describe Washington wine in one word? You will see that word at the beginning of most of the posts below. 2) What makes you / your wine unique? They were also asked about promotional programs they were running. Below are some of their responses. This is not a comprehensive list of all wineries that were planning to participate. Just a taste. More to follow throughout the weekend.
Saturday and Sunday night we’ll also be doing a ‘Virtual Grand Tasting’ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, drinking wines from 2020 Taste participants (see list here) starting at 6:30pm Pacific. Join us!
Family! It is what we are all about and it is also such a great representation of the partnerships among our industry in the state. It’s all about the stories and relationships that are created! Like each of our wines their background has a unique story and character that ties us together. Looking at our name you would think we are all about the past. That is definitely not true. Of course we recognize our roots and heritage, but that serves to guide us and determine where we are headed. One wine we were planning on pouring at Taste this year was Grandma Lila’s Rosé. She would always tell us to save her the “Good Stuff,” which meant anything pink! It also reminds us of the dedication and work that we put into making great wine, sharing it with friends and family. However, that is only establishing the roots of the final story, similar to Grandma Lila and the legacy that she started for our family. We are taking phone/online orders and offering pickup hours at both Manson and Woodinville locations. Please call or text ahead and we can have your order ready when you arrive. Manson: 509-741-9006 Thur-Mon 2-6PM. Woodinville 206-607-9115. Saturday 2-5PM.
Andrew Will Winery
Dope. Chris Camarda created Andrew Will Winery and has been making wine since 1989. We produce premium wines that age gracefully while showing elegance even in youth. We were one of the first wineries in Washington to create wines labeled as single vineyard red blends. Will Camarda is part of a wave of second generation winemakers looking to continue to push the boundaries of quality and innovation of Washington State wines. One of our most important goals is to continue to promote our wines around the country and internationally through both on-premise and off-premise accounts by educating both customers and trade. www.andrewwill.com. We are offering 10% -15% off select wines plus free ground shipping. Use discount code: socialdistancing
The Shire. AniChe Cellars is a family winery led by female inspired badassery. Our alchemy of unique wine blends, passion to foster diversity in wines and within our community, and authentic feel-good location without pretense sets us apart. You, our wines win awards and scores, but we make wine for the people.
Quintessential. The name “AntoLin” is a collective of the first names of winery owners Linda and Tony Haralson. Their passion is winemaking and their dream is to share the fruits of that passion. Make it a point to taste great wines from AntoLin Cellars.
Located on historic Front Street in downtown Yakima; your jumping-off point for touring the rest of the Valley! “Here’s to making friends, one glass at a time.”
Authentic: real, accessible people; genuine experiences; and truly great, expressive wines. We are a first-generation winemaking family committed to crafting delicious, high-quality wines our guests can trust, share and enjoy today and for years to come. Our wines are inspired by Bordeaux, but distinctly Washington.
Featuring hand-farmed fruit from our partner vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley and Walla Walla. Our wines are made in small lots, using minimal intervention, and with good structure, to provide freshness on the palate, a beautiful compliment to food, and age-worthiness in the cellar. We invite you to join us on our journey and visit us in our Woodinville or Walla Walla tasting rooms, online at armstrongwinery,com, or on Instagram @armstrongwinery, where we love to share stories about our family’s winemaking adventures.
Focused. Avennia’s wines are innovative, precise, and deeply informed by traditional methods. Using combinations of stainless and concrete during primary fermentation, native yeasts, and stem inclusion, Chris Peterson creates wines that emphasize earth and culinary herbs in proportion with bright Washington State fruit. This tension results in bottlings that are focused, nuanced, and compelling.
Quality. Basel Cellars is dedicated to letting each varietal really speak for itself and express its true characteristics without excessive manipulation in the winemaking process. This gives us a wonderful variety of flavorful, balanced, new world wines.
Browne Family Vineyard
EPIC! Washington Wines are epic in every sense – from vine to bottle. No other region delivers the quality and value of Washington. No one tastes like us because no one looks like us! Browne Family Vineyards is a family-owned winery committed to world-class wine production in the heart of Walla Walla, Washington. Inspired by the greatness of one man, William Bitner Browne, late grandfather of proprietor Andrew Browne, the winery is a dream that has been many years in the making. Every decision made — from the vineyard to the bottle — reflects a commitment to premium Washington State wine of exceptional quality and assures cellar-worthy vintages that stand the test of time. “My goal is to achieve varietal correctness in each wine and to craft a great collection that will lie down and cellar for many years to come” – John Freeman, Browne Family Vineyards Winemaker.
Authentic / Down-to-Earth / Kickass. “Our focus is on Rhône style wines crafted in Lake Chelan, WA. We pull our inspiration from the Rhône Valley of France and make wine in that style using Washington fruit. Think a Chateauneuf-du-Pape style blend with all five varietals sourced from Boushey Vineyard, giving that wine a unique sense of place; Washington state’s first Picardan, estate-grown, that calls for pairing with the best of Pacific Northwest seafood; or a Lawrence Vineyard Syrah aged in egg-shaped concrete vessels highlighting the purity of the fruit.”
Cascade Cliff Vineyard and Winery
GROWING! The number of wineries / vineyards is growing, now over 1000. The varietals growing in our state are extensive and varied. The notoriety of Washington State as a wine producing region is growing in the wine community. Cascade Cliffs Vineyard and Winery is unique in the varietals we produce and were planning to share at Taste Washington; Barbera, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto. These Piemonte varietals, originating in the northwest corner of Italy, have found a home in the Pacific Northwest. Cascade Cliffs was first in the State of Washington to plant the Barbera varietal. Robert Lorkowski, owner and winemaker, has owned this vineyard and winery for 24 years and continues to grow. This past November Georgetown Seattle became home to his fourth tasting room. This year the Piemonte white varietal, Arneis, will be added to his vineyard. We, too, are growing!