6/25/09

Wonderful Walla Walla Wineries

Situated in the southeastern portion of the state of Washington and home to some excellent sweet onions along with over 30,000 residents, Walla Walla also has something else that it can claim…

Wine..!

The last decade has seen an explosion of the wine industry in the Walla Walla area. There are now several top-shelf producers in the region and we’d like to tell you about a few of our favorites.

L’Ecole № 41 – Located in a historic schoolhouse, this winery has been producing wines since 1983 and was awarded Regional Winery of the Year by Wine and Spirits magazine. L’Ecole currently produces about 35,000 cases per annum, of which ¾ of the grapes are estate grown. We especially like their Syrah and Semillon, as well as a pair of Bordeaux style blends named Apogee and Perigee.

Cayuse – A smaller and more boutique style winery, Cayuse was founded in the mid 90’s by a Frenchman named Christophe Baron, whose family made champagne in France. The winery’s calling card is their acclaimed single-vineyard Syrah, of which there are four bottlings. They can be difficult to come by, but well worth the effort.

Leonetti – Gary Figgins founded Leonetti Cellar in 1977 and produced his first wines the following year as a serious hobbyist. Continued success turned this hobbyist into a full-time winemaker as the business grew, and Gary has now been joined by his son Chris as the lead winemaker. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese and a Bordeaux-style blend make up the roster of finely crafted wines.

All we can say is head north and have a taste. You will not be disappointed…

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