Lake Chelan Wineries Open Cellar Doors for Behind-the-Scenes Look at Winemaking.
Lake Chelan Wine Valley will kick off the holiday season with a weekend of tasting future wine releases straight from the barrel on November 28 through 30. Fall Barrel Tasting takes place each year on the weekend after Thanksgiving and offers visitors the rare chance to experience young, unfinished wines before they’re released to the public. Guests will explore the use of different oak treatments and their impact on the taste, color, tannin and texture of the wine. Guests can visit winery cellar rooms for exclusive tastings with local winemakers and purchase upcoming vintages of some of their favorite wines.
Wines that will be offered to taste throughout the weekend include the following. For a full list and more details, visit www.lakechelanwinevalley.com/events/fall-barrel-tasting/fall-barrel-events.html.
- Atam Winery - Syrah & Barbera
- Benson Vineyards - Two new 2013 vintage wines
- Cairdeas Winery – 2014 Port-style Petite Sirah
- Chelan Estate Winery - 2012 C E Vineyards Reserve Red
- Hard Row to Hoe - 2013 Barbera
- Lake Chelan Winery - 2013 Malbec, a Chelan AVA wine
- Rio Vista wines - Tempranillo
- Tildio Winery - 2013 Malbec and Grenache
- Tsillan Cellars - 2013 Estate Syrah/Malbec
- Tunnel Hill Winery - 2013 Estate Pinot
- Wapato Point Cellars - 2012 Merlot
“Fall Barrel Tasting is such a fun way to taste wines that are so young with our customers and see them light up when something hits them as amazing only a year into the barrel,” said Tsillan Cellars winemaker Shane Collins. “It’s also great to see and chat with people who come every year and reminisce on previous wines and how they now taste in the bottle.”
Guests that extend their wine tasting visit can enjoy some of the wonderful fall recreation Lake Chelan has to offer, including golf, mountain biking and hiking. Small-town charm abounds in Downtown Chelan and Manson, with shopping and dining options for every taste.
About Lake Chelan Wine Valley
Lake Chelan Wine Valley is a thriving community of 21 wineries that are attracting attention from winemakers, grape growers and wine enthusiasts. The Valley was recognized as an AVA in the Federal Register in April 2009. Located in the heart of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, Lake Chelan is a scenic destination three hours east of Seattle, situated on a pristine 50.5-mile lake.
|Don Phelps, Winemaker Hard Row to Hoe.|
Throughout the year, Lake Chelan visitors tour vineyards, meet the winemakers, taste award-winning wines and dine at many winery restaurants – the perfect wine-lovers destination. Some of the varieties that flourish in the Valley include Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Viognier. Learn more at www.lakechelanwinevalley.com.
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