Hello Washington Wine Month

The views from Hawkins Cellars are breathtaking. Viki Eierdam

The views from Hawkins Cellars are breathtaking. Viki Eierdam

Washington Wine Month is upon us and, with that, it’s Washington wine for the next 31 days. 

Pair all the best parts of summer with a bottle of beautifully-crafted Washington wine and all your adventures are sure to be amplified. From a day of rafting down a lazy river to a kayaking adventure on some white water; kicking your feet in a kiddy pool or windsurfing in the Gorge; an urban walk with your favorite four-legged friend or a climb with some elevation…toast the warmest month of the year and the wide open spaces of Washington state with the best that area vintners have to offer.

Pomeroy Cellars is still raising a glass to their recent wins at the Northwest Wine Summit. Photo provided.

Pomeroy Cellars is still raising a glass to their recent wins at the Northwest Wine Summit. Photo provided.

In Southwest Washington, Pomeroy Cellars is still reveling in their recent wins at the Northwest Wine Summit; a gold for their 2016 Farm Hand’s White and a silver for their 2014 Lucia No 47! Drop into their 1920’s era tasting room after a day cooling off at the nearby 387-acre Moulton Falls Park. Take in a game of Bocce on the lawn and enjoy sweeping vistas of the vast 677-acre farm that’s been in the family for nearly 120 years.  

The Columbia Gorge recently welcomed Hawkins Cellars’ new tasting room and the views are hard to beat. Owner/winemaker, Thane Hawkins, has enjoyed success in visual effects (he’s had a hand in just about every one of those adorable M&M commercials) and is now awaiting the 2017 harvest of his first estate plantings; pinot noir. Wine fans don’t have to wait, though. His 2016 Barrel Select Viognier, sourced from Yakima Valley, is drinking lusciously and his 2014 Caldera Red is the perfect campfire accompaniment. 

Chinook Wines is open 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May through October. Dan Eierdam 

Chinook Wines is open 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May through October. Dan Eierdam 

Located in the Yakima Valley AVA, Chinook Wines has been overseen for 34 years by husband and wife team, Clay Mackey and Kay Simon. Two of the original UC Davis transplants to the Yakima area, Mackey and Simon are part of the legacy of the Valley and their wines unravel the story poetically.  Their Semillon is a quintessential August wine from patio sipping to seafood salads to Asian stir fry. Another warm weather winner is their Yakima Valley Red Wine which works lightly chilled. The addition of Grenache keeps it a little fruity and great for barbecue.