A Taste of (Taste) Washington: a digital showcase (6 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.

Tsillan Cellars, Lake Chelan, WA


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE #WAWINE IN ONE WORD?

EXCITING
Doubleback / Bledsoe Family Winery

CREATIVE
Eternal Wines

SUPPORT
Purple Star

WOW
Tsillan Cellars

COLLABORATION
Columbia Winery

REAL
Nota Bene

COLLABORATIVE
Chateau NoElle

FAMILY
Ancestry Cellars

STELLAR
Eight Bells Winery

DISTINGUISHED
Pepper Bridge Winery


GET TO KNOW THESE TEN WASHINGTON WINERIES:

1. DOUBLEBACK / BLEDSOE FAMILY WINERY
Walla Walla, WA

"Bledsoe Family Winery is a family of wines all from the beautiful Walla Walla Valley. Brand new in 2017 NFL Quarterback Drew Bledsoe and his Wife Maura introduce wines with an elegant expression from some of the oldest vines in the Valley and our very own estates. Completing the Walla Walla Valley roots of Drew’s hometown, the wines are made by Walla Walla native, Josh McDaniels." Website | @doublebackwine


2. ETERNAL WINES
Walla Walla, WA

"Between the students and professors trying to push the envelope and the winemakers who are never happy to do the same thing; you get a wide array of flavors and styles. We have the freedom in Washington to be as creative as we want and our customers appreciate that too.

I have 2 labels, both with very different goals and styles. Eternal is all single vineyard wines with an emphasis on Rhone varietals. These are small lots of age worthy wines. Drink Washington State focuses on AVA’s in WA and a more ready to drink style. We host a weekly Thursday night concert/ food truck series at the winery." Website | @eternalwines


3. PURPLE STAR WINES
Benton City, WA

"Kyle and I started the winery together in 2008.  It has been our dream to build up a family business in which we could work and grow side by side with our 3 children.  We opened with one wine, our Purple Star Syrah.  Over the years we have added many varietals and three different brands all focusing on the amazing quality and variety of grapes grown in Washington State.  We have been so impressed with how the industry has grown and the relationships we’ve built with our neighbors and community." Website | @purplestarwines


4. TSILLAN CELLARS
Lake Chelan, WA

"Wine Press Northwest 2020 WASHINGTON WINERY OF THE YEAR. UNIQUE. 20 years pioneering Chelan AVA Viticulture- Lake Chelan is the only AVA not influenced by the Missoula floods (Other than Puget Sound AVA). 100% Estate grown award winning wines. Setting standards of winemaking excellence in the Lake Chelan AVA. Bringing world class wine, food and hospitality to the Chelan Valley." Website | @tsillancellars


5. COLUMBIA WINERY
Woodinville, WA

"Columbia Winery is and always has been about Washington wine. We were the first to plant Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Pinot Gris in the state. With much collaboration and innovation our founding members would plant and grow the grapes in eastern Washington and transport them back to Seattle for full wine production and aging. Acknowledging the fact that doing something so unusual would take a large amount of courage, innovation, knowledge, and experimentation from all involved. We’re so proud to be an inaugural part of Washington wine history and strive to continue the legacy." Website | @columbiawinery


6. NOTA BENE
Seattle, WA

"We are a small artisan winery in the South Seattle neighborhood of South Park. We have been making wine for the last 19 vintages in the same warehouse location in an ever-changing urban location. While the wines come to life in the city where our customer base thrives, we source all of our grapes in the beautiful vineyards of Eastern Washington.

This is real beauty on a grand scale. The wines are made in a small scale, but with a community of assistants that are especially valued during harvest and bottling. Friends help friends make wine and friends share wine together. That’s why we think our wine is real because it’s made in a small way with a style that says it’s :Nota Bene. Year after year our wines can look and taste alike, yet expressing the real beauty of Washington State and the new vintage that’s unfolding. We have participated in Taste Washington every year since our first release in 2004 and so missed the awesome spectacle of everyone’s displayed wines and foods.

Seeing old friends and tasting their wines is always a treat for us. We are sad this couldn’t happen but look forward to when we can join in with the next great Taste." Website | @mcmwineco


7. CHATEAU NOELLE
Snoqualmie, WA

"No zero sum game here.  The rising tide lifts all boats. Wineries and vineyards working together to achieve the best possible wines.

"Chateau NoElle wines are crafted from grapes we grow and source that allow us to produce truly food friendly wines featuring nuanced flavors and aromatics that emphasize both diversity of fruit and earth while balancing palate cleansing acidity with moderate alcohol.  Chateau NoElle Vineyards & Winery is a place to relax and share stories among the vines. Come for the wine. Stay for the community. We're fulfilling our inaugural wine club orders this month.  Sign up to be a part from the beginning. Shipping to Washington residents is available or pick up at the winery.   If neither of those options work, we're offering free delivery within the greater Seattle area." Website | @chateaunoelle


8. ANCESTRY CELLARS
Manson & Woodinvillve, WA

"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." Website | @ancestrycellars


9. EIGHT BELLS WINERY
Seattle, WA

"Our vineyard affiliations are the cornerstone of our winery. By having exclusive access to grapes from premier vineyards in Washington’s Yakima Valley it allows us to produce wines of depth, complexity and character." Website | @eightbellswinery


10. Pepper Bridge Winery
Walla Walla, WA

"Pepper Bridge Winery produces Bordeaux-style wines from its mature estate vineyards. The family ownership of Norm McKibben, Ray Goff and Jean-François Pellet are trailblazers in the wine community. Winemaker Jean-François Pellet blends his unique viticultural and winemaking skills with science and art to create distinctive, terroir-driven wines with a focus on quality and commitment to sustainability. Using traditional winemaking techniques, 100% French oak and 100% estate fruit from the Walla Walla Valley AVA, Pepper Bridge wines are collectibles that showcase complexity, structure and balance. Combining old-world philosophy with modern innovation, the brand has become an industry leader in crafting ultra-premium wines." Website | @pepperbridgewinery


Stay tuned for the next 10 featured wineries. In the meantime, stay safe, be healthy, do what you can to support your local wineries, restaurants, and neighbors.