After we committed to opening the Wine Bar, and before the permits were granted – we decided it might be time to visit Walla Walla for some tasting. It had been three long years since our last visit, and there can be many changes in that long of a time: New wineries, new tasting rooms, new wines and new friends!
Our friends and partners Mary & Larry left early Saturday, but we could not get away until Sunday to join them. With over 100 wineries in the greater Walla Walla area, it looked like we would be very busy with only a two day stay. We planned to arrive at about 10:00, but as usual were running behind schedule. Mary & Larry were so anxious to get going they decided to head out of town to meet us on our way in. That way we could stop at a few places on the outskirts of town. How did people ever find each other without cell phones? It makes it almost too easy to run into each other – which we almost did making the turn into Three Rivers.
First stop: Three Rivers Winery
What a great place to visit on a beautiful spring day. It is in a gorgeous setting, wonderful deck, huge tasting room & gift shop, and to top it off a three hole golf course! What a great idea for those who want to take a short break between tastings. This would not work for our group (remember 100+ wineries) even if we had the time. We would probably still be on hole two now.
Between the four of us I believe we sampled just about everything available. We loved the 2006 Malbec with its spicy finish, the 2006 Syrah which was very smooth, not too tannic and the 2008 Riesling. This one went down almost too easy. It is a little sweet, but fruity & crisp. We added this to our stock, so you will see in the bar or shop when you stop in.
Next stop: Reininger