By Kori ~ March 5th, 2014.
The Walla Walla Valley is one of the oldest of Washington State’s 13 AVA’s. Established in 1984, it encompasses over 1,600 vineyard acres. Located within the greater Columbia Valley AVA, the Walla Walla Valley covers the area around the town of Walla Walla, Washington, and also dips across the state-line into Oregon near Milton-Freewater. The Walla Walla Valley is now home to more than 100 wineries.
The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is a winery and grower membership organization committed to furthering the awareness of the quality wineries, wines, and vineyards of the Walla Walla Valley. The WWVWA recently hosted their annual tasting events in Seattle for both the trade and the public. We attended the trade tasting held at McCaw Hall. Given our work commitments, family obligations, and the busy schedule of a first grader, we haven’t been able to travel to Walla Walla recently, so this was a good opportunity for us to visit with winemakers and taste a number of Walla Walla wines all under one roof.
I’ll spare you the laundry list of all of the wines we tasted. However, here are three wines that really grabbed our attention, and I encourage you to give them a try if you have the opportunity.
2011 Waters Winery Loess Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $50
2010 Figgins Estate Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot), Walla Walla Valley, $85
2010 Cadaretta Windthrow (Syrah/Mourvedre/Grenache), Columbia Valley, $50
If you live in the Seattle area, you’ll have another opportunity to taste Walla Walla wines as well as many more wines from around the state of Washington later this month. Make plans to attend Taste Washington on March 29-30 at CenturyLink Event Center. With that said, if you haven’t yet taken a wine tasting trip to Walla Walla, I highly encourage you to do so. There’s nothing like spending time in Washington wine country.
Filed under: American Wine, Red Wine, Shiraz/Syrah, Washington State Wine, Wine Activities/Events, Wines Over $25