A Taste of (Taste) Washington: a digital showcase (3 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?

VIRTUOSITY
Sin Banderas

AUTHENTIC
Armstrong Family Winery

EXPRESSIVE
L’Ecole No 41

DIVERSE
Siren Song Wines

INNOVATIVE
Woodward Canyon

BALANCE
Maryhill Winery

GROWING
Cascade Cliff Vineyard & Winery

BALANCE
Wit Cellars

EXUBERANT
Hard Row to Hoe

QUINTESSENTIAL
AntoLin Cellars


GET TO KNOW THESE TEN WASHINGTON WINERIES:

1. SIN BANDERAS

"We are a passion-driven group of worldly friends who sought out to make small-batch boutique wine. Hailing from all over the world, our group combines culture, experience, and creativity to produce unique, captivating products.  Sin Banderas means “without flags” in Spanish. Not only does this represent our winery partnership, but reflects an ideal mindset of respect, compassion, and inclusion in a time when it’s needed most." Website | @sinbanderaswine


2. ARMSTRONG WINERY
Walla Walla, WA

"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." Website | @armstrongwinery


3. L'ECOLE NO. 41
Walla Walla, WA

"L’Ecole is a family-owned winery, established in 1983. We were the 3rd commercial winery established in Walla Walla Valley and the 20th in the state of Washington; of more than 1,000 actively producing wine today. We are housed in the historic Frenchtown School, deeply rooted in the history of the industry and in our beautiful Valley. We are proud to have been instrumental in putting our region on the map for world-class wine. We are proud to be an ambassador for Walla Walla wine, distributed in 48 states and in over 20 countries." Website | @lecole41


4. SIREN SONG WINES
Lake Chelan, WA

"Our climate and terroir provides for a wide range of fabulous varietals from floral whites to bold reds, beautiful rose’s and sparkling wines.  Our creative wine makers have an abundance to work with not just in terms of varietals, but also beautiful blends that show off the inspiration and intention of the winemaker. 

The term Siren Song reflects the idea of a "calling," an "irresistible attraction," or a "deep desire." For Holly and Kevin Brown, their "calling” is to make wines that reflect their world travels together. A unique and personal story inspires every wine varietal and blend. They also believe that wine is meant to be enjoyed with food. Their tasting room doubles as a restaurant. At Siren Song you sit down, and are served your tasting at a comfortable table while you take in the gorgeous view of Lake Chelan with some hand crafted food. We believe everybody has a Siren Song. What’s Yours?" Website | @sirensongwines


5. WOODWARD CANYON
Walla Walla, WA

"Our parents started Woodward Canyon in 1981, before my brother and I were even born. Now almost 40 years later, my brother and I are starting to take over leadership of the company as our parents begin stepping back from day-to-day operations. It’s important to us to keep the business in the family, but it’s not just about making and selling a really good product; we also look forward to farming the same land that has been farmed by our family for generations, to carrying on the traditions and connections to a place and a way of life that has been so meaningful to us. We’ve grown up as the industry has grown up, and we are excited to continue to be part of something that’s bigger than we are." Website | @woodwardcanyon


6. MARYHILL WINERY
Goldendale, WA

"Visiting Maryhill is an experience. Whether you visit our flagship winery in Goldendale, or our urban satellite tasting rooms in Spokane, Vancouver or Woodinville, you'll find beautiful scenery, frequent live music and special events, food menus featuring small plates and charcuterie, and an expansive selection of award-winning wines. Maryhill Winery has been honored with more than 3,000 awards since its first vintage in 2001, including being named 2015 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest and the 2014 Winery of the Year at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Winemaker Richard Batchelor has earned the Winemaker of the Year award three times at the Indy International Wine Competition, including in 2013, 2018 and 2019.  For nearly 20 years we have crafted wine with passion, patience and balance. We're proud to continue that story." Website | @maryhillwinery


7. CASCADE CLIFF VINEYARD & WINERY
Woodinville, WA

"Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & 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!" Website | @cascadecliffsvineyard


8. WIT CELLARS
Prosser, WA

"We are Wit, which means that We are In it TogetherWe work with growers and vineyards that hold practices and philosophies that we deeply align with, and that showcase the utmost quality that our fruit can achieve. We are incredibly passionate about our craft, but never take ourselves too seriously, as we believe wine is a lifestyle to be enjoyed with family, friends, and laughter. Taking a leap of faith, and creating a personal connection to everyone who comes in, we always treat people like we would like to be treated." Website | @wit.cellars


HARD ROW TO HOE
Lake Chelan, WA

"Hard Row to Hoe is unique because it is a pioneer vineyard in the new Lake Chelan AVA. Being in a new growing region allows us leeway to make wines in our own style, we make wines that we like to drink, so you will like to drink them, too. Our wine style is innovative and unpretentious, focused on drinkability in the winery and sustainability in the vineyard. We work the vineyards ourselves, by hand, and are the only vineyard in north central Washington certified Salmon-safe and LIVE sustainable." Website | @hardrowtohoevineyards


ANTOLIN CELLARS
Yakima, WA

"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.'" Website | @antolincellars


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.