A Taste of (Taste) Washington: a digital showcase (4 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?

EPIC
Browne Family Vineyards

VIBRANT
Hightower Cellars

MOTIVATED
UpsideDown Wine

UNPARALLELED
Quilceda Creek

PREMIUM
Mark Ryan Winery

UNDISCOVERED
Dusted Valley

LIFESTYLE
Rocky Pond Winery

EVOLVING
Grosgrain Vineyard

QUALITY
Basel Cellars

CAPTIVATING
Treveri Cellars


GET TO KNOW THESE TEN WASHINGTON WINERIES:

1. BROWNE FAMILY VINEYARD
Walla Walla, WA

"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. Website | @brownefamilyvineyards


2. HIGHTOWER CELLARS
Benton City, WA

"Co-winemakers Tim and Kelly Hightower have been handcrafting Bordeaux-inspired red wines together for 23 years, maintaining a firm commitment to quality, sustainability, and each other. Their thoughtful viticulture practices and meticulous winemaking result in a collection of well-balanced, nuanced wines that feature fruit from Red Mountain and Yakima Valley. These wines pair well with time spent enjoying good food, good friends, and good dogs." Website | @hightowercellars


3. UPSIDEDOWN WINE
Candy Mountain, WA

"The one thing that makes us unique to #WAwine is the fact that our winemaker is Vigneron. Meaning, we cultivate grapes for our own winemaking. Respecting our land first and committing to telling its story vintage to vintage. On top of this we are committing to making a difference through the best wines we can possibly make." Website | @upsidedownwine


4. QUILCEDA CREEK
Snohomish, WA

"Quilceda Creek dates back to 1978, when we became the 12th bonded winery in Washington State. Our roots go much deeper than that, though. With familial ties to our Director of Winemaking’s Great Uncle, Andre Tchelistcheff, winemaking has run in the Golitzin family for generations. We have been singularly focused on the production of World-Class Cabernet Sauvignon, and pioneers of not only Washington wines, but pioneers in innovative winemaking techniques. Our wines are a great representation of the terroir in which the fruit is grown, and we strive for consistency in quality with each and every vintage we produce." Website | @quilcedacreek


5. MARK RYAN WINERY
Walla Walla, WA

"Our dedication to producing the highest quality wines is uncompromising. We are authentic, intentional, and approachable. We are a handful of people working to create the best wine possible – this mission remains unchanged since 1999. Every vintage, we create wines that represent our style – bold, elegant, balanced – and embody authentic varietal character. We are serious about our winemaking and we’re serious about those who come to imbibe with us, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We welcome all to our wine club, tasting rooms and to our family of wines." Website | @mark_ryan_winery


6. DUSTED VALLEY
Walla Walla, WA

"If you remember one thing about Dusted Valley and Boomtown, I would ask that it be the personality of the wines. Wines that show freshness through and through and are seriously meant to be enjoyed. Wine needs to be celebrated but also be accessible. Thank you for sharing our story and enjoying what we work hard to deliver!" Website | @dustedvalleywine


7. ROCKY POND WINERY
Orondo, WA

"Rocky Pond Estate Winery produces high quality, premium Washington State wines that are the product of our deep commitment to innovative and sustainable farming of our riverside, estate vineyards. Deeply rooted in the soils of the geological wonder of the Columbia River Valley, our wines are deliciously balanced and reflect the character of this special place." Website | @rockypondwinery


8. GROSGRAIN VINEYARD
Walla Walla, WA

"Walla Walla has become famous for powerful expressions of red grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.  82% of the plantings in Walla Walla consist of just those 3 varieties.  We wanted to showcase some of the other styles that are also possible here, from crisp whites to sparkling wine to lighter-bodied reds and, in general, explore a style that is light and refreshing.  We work with a number of less common varieties (such as Lemberger, Nebbiolo, Aglianico, Grenache, Carignan, Albariño) and have plans to plant a number of other varieties that will be new to our region.  Our love of wine arose from exploring the numerous styles that exist in the world and we want our wines to reflect that." Website | @grosgrainvineyards


9. BASEL CELLARS
Walla Walla, WA

"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." Website | @baselcellars


10. TREVERI CELLARS
Wapato, WA

"Treveri Cellars, Washington State’s exclusive sparkling wine house, produces some of the finest sparkling wines in the United States. Winemaker Jürgen Grieb, along with his son, Christian, handcraft each bottle of sparkling wine in the traditional method. Routinely receiving 90+ point scores, Treveri Cellars sparkling wines have also been recognized by the James Beard Foundation and have been served yearly at the US Department of State." Website | @trevericellars


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.