In the summer of 2008, Joel Waite left his assistant winemaker position at Maryhill Winery to return to Walla Walla where he had studied winemaking. He joined his parents to make a family owned winery into a reality. In 2008 CAVU Cellars was born. With a location near the airport, and Joel's father Jim being a former Army pilot, the idea of an aviation theme seemed a natural.
CAVU is an old aviation weather acronym that means ‘Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited’. Pilots always like seeing that acronym on their weather forecast as it means a good flying day.
I liked all of the CAVU Cellars wines poured at Taste Washington, although their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was my favorite.
|2009 CAVU Horizon Red, Columbia Valley|
Horizon – Red wine, great flavor, like, some heat ABV 14.5% 123 cases produced, $26 retail price. Recommended.
|2010 CAVU Barbera.|
Barbera - Good nose, mid palate smooth, spice, dark fruit heat. ABV 14.3%. Alder Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills AVA, 234 cases produced, $30 retail price. Recommended.
|2010 CAVU Malbec, Les Collines, Walla Walla AVA.|
Malbec - My speed, fruit, balanced not over top. Like. Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla AVA. Recommended (website indicates just bottled and resting).
|2008 CAVU Cabernet Sauvignon, Les Collines, Walla Walla AVA.|
* Favorite: 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon - Walla Walla nose, more like it, dry, good structure bring on the steak. My favorite of the Cavu. Les Collines Vineyard, Walla Walla AVA. 201 cases produced, $35 retail price.
Wines listed here are the wines I liked and recommend. My favorite wines appealed to me because they expressed unique characteristics and quality, they are indicated by an “*” and are in italics.
Tasting Room hours: Open 11 to 5 daily
602 Piper Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Cavu Cellars can ship to:
Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.
|Walla Walla AVA Location.|