This year, the Walla Walla Valley Spring Release Weekend was May 6-8. Here's what we did that weekend.
On Friday afternoon, I went to Abeja on Mill Creek Road for the winery's annual release event. There, the new winemakers Daniel Wampfler and Amy Alvarez-Wampfler were on hand to pour the new releases (made by the previous winemaker, John Abbott), including the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, to be reviewed in the June issue of the Review of Washington Wines. Then I went over to the Leonetti Cellar on Berney Drive for the winery's new releases, also to be reviewed in June. That evening, Lynn and I went to the Fat Duck Inn for Maison Bleue's Winemaker Dinner. The food pairings with the winery's new releases (reviewed in the May issue) were superb. Kudos to winemaker Jon Meuret, chef Rich Koby and hostess Cynthia Koby for this fabulous dinner.
The next morning, at ten, we went to Tertulia Cellars to join winemaker Ryan Raber, vineyard manager Ryan Driver, and consulting geologist Kevin Pogue, and other guests for a tour of the Elevation 1500 Vineyard. We caravaned over to the southwest corner of the AVA to a steep sloped site 1500 to 1700 feet in elevation, planted with various varieties. As we walked around, Kevin explained the geology of the terroir. Afterwards, we tasted barrel samples of the 2015 Terra Labrada reds, being offered as futures. A fuller report and reviews of the wines will be in next week's Review Blog.
In the afternoon, we drove over to Tero Estates for Jan and Doug Roskelley's the Swing Notes event, with music and dancing along with roast and pulled pork from the Bank and Grill, and the Tero/Waters/Flying Trout new releases. It was also lots of fun. Aftrwards, we went to Result of a Crush - Mike, Gale and Matt - were on hand to pour the sisters', Angela and Amanda's wines (to be reviewed in July). Then Figgins and Doubleback (to be reviewed in June). We wound up the day at The Walls for a tasting at the former Whitman Cellars winery, along with delicious food prepared by Jim German as a preview of the Passatempo restaurant (formerly Pastime) which will be opened next to The Walls new tasting room on West Poplar. A fuller report and blog will go on line May 24. More later!