A Taste of (Taste) Washington: a digital showcase (5 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?

#STEMSRULE
Gramercy Cellars

PRECISION
FIGGINS Wine

ELEGANT
Terra Blanca Winery

COMMUNITY
Seven Hills Winery

EXPRESSIVE
Three Rivers Winery

FOCUSED
Avennia

COMMUNITY
Warr-King Wines

CRAVE
Randolph Cellars

DIVERSE
Patterson Cellars

FARM-TO-TABLE
Matthews Winery


GET TO KNOW THESE TEN WASHINGTON WINERIES:

1. GRAMERCY CELLARS
Walla Walla, WA

"In 2005, Manhattan-based Master Sommelier Greg Harrington tastes some Washington State wines and is so inspired, he sells everything to move across the country to make his own. The goal is balance and world class pedigree — which starts with the vineyards (old vines, always sustainable, picked early). In the winery, with partner/co-winemaker Brandon Moss, the fermentations are native and minimal (low SO2, no additives); sometimes in concrete, usually with stems, always with patience, and a lot of time (extended aging). The results are intense, yet restrained; fresh and fruity, yet earthy wines that pair well with food and age for years.".


2. FIGGINS WINE
Walla Walla, WA

"An ambitious single vineyard project by the Figgins Family of Leonetti Cellar. The wine is uniquely located at the foot of Walla Walla’s Blue Mountains and is the highest elevation vineyard of substance in the state. Our tightly focused portfolio consists of our flagship Bordeaux blend – FIGGINS Estate Red, and FIGLIA, a blend of Merlot and Petit Verdot, plus a micro-production dry Riesling.  Our wines are known for their exceptional power and elegance while being terroir driven – a result of Chris Figgins’ realization of developing his dream vineyard site. We are now about to begin construction on a state-of-the-art new winey featuring the first excavated wine caves in the State of Washington underneath our vineyard."


3. TERRA BLANCA WINERY & ESTATE VINEYARD
Benton City, WA

"Set on 300 acres of Red Mountain soil, we do everything from vine to bottle right here on our estate. We are in full control every step of the way, allowing us to produce a wine that showcases what makes the unique Red Mountain terroir so special."


4. SEVEN HILLS WINERY
Walla Walla, WA

"Established in 1988, Seven Hills Winery is proud to be among the founding estates of Walla Walla Valley. As pioneers who first championed the region, our heritage is built on longstanding relationships with the most renowned growers in the Northwest and a deep knowledge of the land. Our focus is crafting Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines that authentically reflect their places of origin."


5. THREE RIVERS WINERY
Walla Walla, WA

"When you visit the winery, you’ll find a friendly inviting space for wine enthusiasts and families alike. We offer casual tastings and relaxing outdoor spaces as well as formal experiences that we can tailor to your liking. The wines are expressive and tell stories of the place they were grown and time they were created. When you visit us in Walla Walla wine country, I hope feel this unique sense of place and the passion we have for this region and our home."


6. AVENNIA
Woodinville, WA

"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."


7. WARR-KING WINES
Woodinville, WA

"Warr-King Wines is a true boutique winery located in the heart of the Woodinville warehouse district in Washington state. We were founded in 2013 by Lisa Warr-King Packer to highlight the uniqueness of Washington wine. We see each wine from grape to bottle and embrace vintage variation, with each vintage a reflection of the vineyard, region and year. We take a minimalist approach to winemaking. We believe in letting the wine be the wine it's going to be. Washington State offers a unique and distinct terroir that allows many varietals to thrive in its varied soils, creating fruit that evinces a sense of place. This terroir creates bold, structured wines; fruit forward flavors and elegant finishes. We value our relationships with growers and we honor their efforts by producing unique, delicious wines that represent their hard work. We intend to stay small and stay focused, offering a limited production of carefully crafted, quality wines to be enjoyed on any occasion."


8. RANDOLPH CELLARS
Snohomish, WA

"Randolph Cellars is a fully operating winery and tasting room in Historic Downtown Snohomish with a river view patio. All of our wine is crafted just below the tasting room in our cellar with grapes grown in Horse Heaven Hills and Red Mountain. Come visit us and see that there is more than antiques in Snohomish these days."


9. PATTERSON CELLARS
Woodinville, WA

"One of the many things we pride ourselves on here at Patterson Cellars is our wide variety of wines we offer! From bold reds, like our popular Syrah and refreshing whites of Melange Blanc, to our luscious dessert wines like Lake Harvest Roussanne and of course our sparkling wines. There is something to please everyone's palate. We even make four different Rosés! For those who want to take their tasting to the next level, we offer unique, signature Wine & Food Experiences! As for Taste WA, John Patterson is always excited for this annual event, and looks forward to sharing one of our sparkling wines and debuting the first pours of our Rosé for the season! We are looking forward to seeing everyone there in 2021!"


10. MATTHEWS WINERY
Woodinville, WA

"Matthews is a family-owned and operated winery in Woodinville, WA. We take our inspiration from the great wine blending techniques of Bordeaux and from the exceptional fruit that our state is producing. Since 1992, Matthews has crafted red blends from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, and white wines exclusively from Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. We also strongly value the Farm-to-Table movement, our community and bringing people together over food + wine." 


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.