A Taste of (Taste) Washington: a digital showcase (7 of 7)
We asked ten wineries from around the state how they would describe Washington wine in one word, as well as what makes them unique. Their answers? See below. Make sure to visit their sites & follow them on social to get to know them better.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE #WAWINE IN ONE WORD?
Naches Heights Vineyard
Andrew Will Winery
Martinez & Martinez Winery
Sleight of Hand Cellars
GET TO KNOW THESE TEN WASHINGTON WINERIES:
1. NACHES HEIGHT VINEYARD
"Naches Heights Vineyard is located high above the Yakima Valley floor on the foothills of the Cascades perched on a plateau formed by an Andesite lava flow originating from the Cascades 1.5 million years ago. This feature allows us the distinction of uniqueness from all of the other AVA's in Washington since most of Washington's vineyards are on Basalt lava flows. Our high elevation allows for greater diurnal temperature differences creating wines of distinction and great aromatic character. We at Naches Heights Vineyard believe that wine is food and our organic farming philosophy (LIVE and Salmon Safe certification) is the right approach to creating a healthier ecosystem for the grapes and microorganisms that live in the soil in order to provide you with a safer and healthier food.
We are promoting one penny delivery for 3 bottles or more in Washington through April. 25% Discount on all our wines and 30% discount for health care workers and professionals." Website | @nachesheightsvineyard
2. ANDREW WILL WINERY
Vashon Island, WA
"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.
3. SAGEMOOR VINEYARDS
"When the founders of Sagemoor made their plantings in 1972, they had determination, plenty of grit, and about 400 acres of vines. Today, their plantings have expanded to encompass more than 1,100 acres with five distinct vineyards: Sagemoor, Bacchus, Dionysus, Gamache, and Weinbau. Sagemoor sells grapes to over 100 wineries in WA and began making wine in 2014 through collaborative winemaking partnerships with John Abbott of Devona, Chris Peterson of Avennia, and Ali Mayfield. The Sagemoor wines are a tribute to the hard work of the original partners and the employees who nurture the vineyards today. The legacy of Sagemoor lives through our employees, winery partnerships and Sagemoor wine." Website | @sagemoorvineyards
4. DUCLEAUX CELLARS
Walla Walla, WA
"We are a unique Wife/Husband winemaking team with six kids through a blended family ("aka The Brady Bunch"). We make great Walla Walla Rhone inspired wines, but more importantly are focused on fun wine experiences at our small estate winery in the Walla Walla Valley area." Website | @ducleauxcellars
5. ELEVEN WINERY
Bainbridge Island, WA
"At Eleven Winery, we believe wine is for everyone. We are dedicated to producing great wine and making sure that everyone has a great time drinking it. We believe that anyone who tells you that wine tasting is serious business or makes you feel bad about your level of wine knowledge is just plain missing the point." Website | @elevenwinery
"Prospice is the shared vision of two friends who, in changing careers, wanted to make balanced and elegant wines that celebrate vineyard sites and the grapes they produce. 'Prospice' is from the Latin for 'look to the future,' and represents the inherently optimistic, forward-looking nature of wine and winemaking, while the Etruscan characters in our logo serve as an homage to wine's rich history and traditions. We take a no-compromises approach to sourcing the best fruit we can from growers and sites that excite us, and let the wines we craft tell the story of Washington state's marvelous terroir.
7. MARTINEZ & MARTINEZ WINERY
"Winemaker Drew Martinez likes to describe his style as 'de la Raza,' or for the people that have worked so hard in the fields to produce the fruit he uses in the wine. Drew's father Sergio, a Mexican immigrant, is surely the American dream and still works hard in the fields everyday as a crew manager. Drew's style is minimalist as he wants the work of 'the people' to shine through."
8. COR CELLARS
"COR Cellars is about exploring the unknown and discovering what makes wine so unique and important to humankind. The Columbia Gorge is on the edge, and our wines represent this wild place. We are here to create a refreshing experience for our guests, and to share this spectacular piece of earth with those who seek us out. During difficult times such as these, we could all use some beauty, friendship and connection." Website | @corcellarss
Walla Walla, WA
"We make Red Mountain Cabernet, and Cabernet Sauvignon on Red Mountain takes on pretty epic proportions. It’s big by nature, it’s brawny, and the way that we like to shape these wines, we let them be the beautiful giants they are. The natural boldness of those flavors, and the muscle and strength behind the structure of those vines, we let them be. To me, the hallmark of Red Mountain wine is big, rich, bold, with tons of acid, color, tannin, more of everything. There’s just a juicy rush of acid, and when you get it on your palate, it wakes you up and commands your attention." Website | @canvasbackwine
10. SLEIGHT OF HAND CELLARS
Walla Walla, WA