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Grand opening of Jacob Williams Winery tasting room
April 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am - April 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pmTasting fees apply
WISHRAM, Wash. — Jacob Williams Winery in the Columbia Gorge will celebrate the grand opening of its new tasting room on April 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
With beautiful attractions both indoors and out, visitors will enjoy sipping wine while taking in the breathtaking views of Mount Hood afforded by Jacob Williams’ new wraparound patio that includes comfortable outdoor seating.
For more than a decade, owner Brad Gearhart and renowned winemaker John Haw have partnered to produce award-winning wines from the Columbia Valley and Columbia Gorge AVAs, producing high-quality wines sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the region.
Live music and food will be served from 12-4 p.m. both days, featuring Hayden Woodard playing acoustic cover songs. The weekend also serves as the introduction of Jacob Williams’ wine club membership, which includes a members-only lounge and its new Sauvignon Blanc.
It all began 11 years when Gearhart partnered with his college friend to start Dry Hollow Winery. In 2007 Brad started Jacob Williams Winery. During those early days they built a small, temporary tasting room in Lyle, Wash. As they grew into an award-winning winery Jacob Williams began building their current barrel room, which is now the Wine Club Member’s Lounge.
Phase two of the Jacob Williams expansion project resulted in a brand new tasting room. Inside, there is a large U-shaped bar and cozy seating where visitors can pair wines with delectable cheeses, local breads and custom chocolate.
Haw’s experience started with Warner Vineyards and Leelanau Cellars in Michigan in 1972. He moved to Oregon, where his family was from, landing at Shafer Vineyards in Forest Grove. He continued on to Sokol Blosser for the next 11 years, which led him to Pedroncelli in California’s Dry Creek.
He found his way to the Columbia Gorge, first working for Maryhill and then finding his home with Jacob Williams.