Since then, I have searched all over town for more Blacksmith Syrah, without success. Craving more bottles of that lovely Syrah, I finally emailed Marie-Eve Gilla, winemaker and co-owner of Forgeron Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington, requesting a visit with her at the winery. Marie-Eve was very gracious and agreed to meet for a wine tasting Friday morning.
While Walla Walla is only an hour drive from my home, it does seem difficult for me to schedule time to make the drive to Walla Walla wine country. Desire for more Syrah erased all obstacles. Also, my friend Ben Simons agreed to go with me. Ben is a wine blogger too, his blog is at, www.vinotology.com his twitter handle is @vinotology – a great guy to go wine tasting with. Leaving an overcast Tri-Cities for a misty Walla Walla, the Friday morning drive was laden with wine conversation. Never go wine tasting alone.
|Forgeron Cellars Winery on Birch Street.|
|Forgeron Cellars Tasting Room.|
An impressive array of white, red, single vineyard and blended wines. Any of these wines are suitable for your table, your friends and family will thank you for sharing.
|2010 Blacksmith Chardonnay.|
|Forgeron 2010 Ambiance - very enjoyable blend.|
|2010 Chardonnay Vigneron Select - to be reviewed in future.|
|2008 Blacksmith Merlot.|
|Forgeron 2008 Merlot Columbia Valley.|
|Forgeron 2008 Syrah Les Collines, Walla Walla Valley - ooh, ahh.|
|2007 Petit Verdot and Ben Simons - a beautiful example of P.V.|
|Forgeron 2008 Syrah Columbia Valley - my favorite on this visit.|
|@wild4wawine and @vinotology wine tasting @forgeroncellars in Walla Walla.|
|Walldeaux non-vintage red blend - will review in future.|
|Forgeron Late Harvest Riesling 2010 Dionysus Vineyard - lovely.|
|Winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla giving us a tour of the cellar.|
The Forgeron tasting room is open to the public from 11 am – 4 pm daily. Put them on your must visit list.
33 W Birch Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
*Yes, I did purchase a couple of bottles of Blacksmith Syrah, but not from the winery (the tasting room does not sell the Blacksmith Syrah). They directed us to the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman Wine Shoppe, located just a few blocks from the winery. Ben and I had fun visiting with owner Catie at her well stocked shoppe - another must visit location when in town.
|Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman Wine Shoppe.|