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VineLines Dispatch: Northwest wineries fill lists of USA Today readers
Here is the latest VineLines Dispatch by Richard Duval, the contributing and frequently roving photojournalist for Great Northwest Wine.
The USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award for Winery Tasting Rooms resulted in Long Shadows Vintners being voted as No. 4 on its annual Top 10 list, the only Washington state winery on the list.
A panel of industry experts, led by Napa-based author Karen MacNeil, nominated 20 wineries for the award, selecting from thousands of tasting rooms nationwide. Readers voted on the 10 best.
In addition to superb wines crafted from the Long Shadows international team of winemakers, visitors to the Walla Walla winery are surrounded by artwork from internationally acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly.
Washington also ranked highly in other categories. For example, NakedWines.com – voted as the Best Wine Club – includes programs led by the wife/husband tandem of Katy & Justin Michaud and Walla Walla’s Dave Harvey.
Auction of WA Wines hits new record
Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) celebrated its 32nd annual weekend of charitable wine events raising more than $4.5 million and hitting a new milestone for the second year in a row.
More than 200 winemakers, vintners and growers attended the events during the course of three days to celebrate, pour wines and offer wine-focused auction lots to help achieve this goal. Throughout the evening, guests celebrated the craft of Washington winemaking and paid homage to Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery at the honorary vintner and Scott Williams of Kiona Vineyards at the honorary grower.
This money-raising event — ranked among the top three highest-earning charity wine auctions in the nation by Wine Spectator Magazine – supports Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology Program.
Sheridan Vineyard on the move
Zillah’s winescape will soon change as Sheridan Vineyard, a fixture at the Dineen Vineyard site, will take over the Maison de Padgett facility just down the road.
There are no specifics yet, but Sheridan’s John Caudill expects to be pouring wine in their new digs by spring of 2020.
An opening, a closure in Seattle
Associated Vintners Tasting Room & Wine Bar is now open in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. It will function as a pop-up by flipping the concept every season with a constantly shifting wine choices. September’s focus is on trendy canned wines, recently highlighted by Great Northwest Wine.
Meanwhile, on the other end of Seattle, The Estates Wine Room, the first urban tasting room in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, recently closed after Crimson Wine Group opted not to renew the expiring lease. But you can still find its three Pacific Northwest brands in their respective locations: Archery Summit in Dundee Hills, Double Canyon in West Richland, and Seven Hills Winery in Walla Walla.
Oregon: Stoller Family Estate at No. 2 on USA Today list
Stoller Family Estate shows up at No. 2 on the USA Today 10 Best Tasting Room list, the only Oregon winery to appear on the poll.
When guests visit the estate, they are welcomed with breathtaking vineyard views. The 4,000 square foot tasting room has floor-to-ceiling glass garage doors that, when opened, create a sense of being in the vineyard. Driven by Stoller’s sustainability mission, the net-zero tasting room combines environmental sustainability and high-efficiency design.
The building harvests 100 percent of its energy through an 1180-panel solar panel installation located across the estate. Other notable design features include a green roof, skylights, salvaged timber, and two EV charging stations for electric vehicles.
Oregon showed up nicely in other categories. For example, the top-ranked wine club of NakedWines.com includes a Willamette Valley program led by Chris Baker. Among the Best Wine Country Hotels is Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard in Dundee at No. 7 and The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg at No. 10. Farm & Forage at Sokol Blosser Winery near Stoller appeared at No. 4 with Coopers Hall Winery and Taproom in Portland at No. 10 for the Best Winery Restaurant.
Flâneur Wines at Carlton Grain Elevator
Flâneur Winery & Vineyards will soon open a full-service wine tasting and hospitality center in a rehabilitated 125-year-old grain elevator just off the historic city square in Carlton.
Flâneur Wines at the Carlton Grain Elevator plans to offer a one-of-a-kind, multi-level facility featuring exclusive wine tastings, wine and food pairings and elevated experiences to Yamhill County residents and visitors.
Editor’s note: VineLines Dispatch photojournalist Richard Duval will roam the Great Northwest Wine territory throughout September searching for intriguing harvest and crush stories to capture as part of our expansive coverage of the harvest season. Contact him with updates about your harvest and crush activities – he’ll make every effort to visit.
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