Walla Walla wine road show returns to Seattle, Portland

By on January 13, 2014

Spring Valley Vineyard winemaker Serge Laville, center, smiles as his wines are being poured at the 2013 Walla Walla Wine at McCaw Hall in Seattle.

Spring Valley Vineyard winemaker Serge Laville, center, smiles as Kate Derby Raymond pours her family’s wines at the 2013 Walla Walla Wine at McCaw Hall in Seattle. (Photo by Richard Duval/Courtesy of Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance)

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Walla Walla Valley producers will be taking their wines to Seattle and Portland next month.

On Feb. 10, more than 50 wineries will be pouring at the annual Walla Walla Wine at McCaw Hall event in Seattle Center.

walla-walla-wine-mccaw-hall“We’re excited to again bring the Walla Walla Valley to Seattle,” Duane Wollmuth, executive director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, said in a news release. “This event is a great way for our Valley’s wineries to connect face-to-face with wine enthusiasts all over the Puget Sound.”

Two weeks later, it’s Walla Walla Wine at Pure Space in Portland on Monday, Feb. 24.

Both public pourings are billed as a way for wine lovers to meet winemakers and winery principals from the Walla Walla Valley, and several wineries have sent invitations to their wine club members and fans in the Seattle and Portland areas encouraging them to attend.

At Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, winemakers and staff will pour for the public from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $50. Light appetizers will be served, and there is a group discount available.

However, the wineries begin that day with a three-hour pouring for trade and media from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This year’s Seattle event is more than a month earlier than the 2013 edition. The list of participating wineries include a’Maurice, Adamant, Amavi, Balboa, Basel Cellars, Beresan, Bergevin Lane, Bunchgrass, Buty, Cadaretta, Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Castillo de Feliciana, Corvus, DaMa, Dunham, Dusted Valley, Figgins, Five Star, Foundry, Gifford Hirlinger, Gina Cuneo, Glencorrie, Gramercy, Helix, Isenhower, J&J Vintners, Kontos, L’Ecole No 41, Mannina, Northstar, Pepper Bridge, Reininger, Result of a Crush, Seven Hills, Sinclair Estates, Sleight of Hand, Spring Valley Vineyard, SYZYGY, Tamarack, Tempus, TERO Estates & Flying Trout, Three Rivers, Trio, Trust, Va Piano, Walla Walla Vintners, Waterbrook, Watermill, Woodward Canyon and Zerba.

In Portland, the ticket price for the Pearl District pouring at Pure Space is $60, but the schedule is the same. Suggested attire is business casual.

walla-walla-wine-pure-spaceThe list of participating wineries is nearly identical with a’Maurice, Adamant, Amavi, Balboa, Basel, Beresan, Bergevin Lane, Bunchgrass, Buty, Cadaretta, Canoe Ridge Vineyard, Castillo de Feliciana, Corvus, DaMa, Dunham, Dusted Valley, Figgins, Five Star, Foundry, Gifford Hirlinger, Gina Cuneo, Glencorrie, Gramercy, Helix, Kontos, L’Ecole No. 41, Long Shadows, Mackey, Northstar, Pepper Bridge, Reininger, Result of a Crush, Seven Hills, Sinclair Estates, Skylite, Sleight of Hand, Spring Valley Vineyard, SYZYGY, Tamarack, Tempus, TERO Estates & Flying Trout, Three Rivers, Trio, Trust, Va Piano, Waterbrook, Watermill, Woodward Canyon and Zerba.

Both events are coordinated by the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, a non-profit wine industry membership organization with a mission to market the Walla Walla Valley American Viticultural Area. The alliance also is viewed as the leading resource for consumers, media and trade.

Walla Walla Wine @ Pure Space is a partner event with the annual Classic Wines Auction, a multi-week fundraiser for Portland-area children and families that will culminate March 1 with its 30th anniversary grand auction.

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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