The Figgins’ Family Wine Release Party was held on Saturday. (Photo by TTuttle)
On Saturday, October 3rdFiggins held their annual Fall Release Party and they did not disappoint. This was our third year attending (we have begun to reschedule our October trip to Maui around it) and I believe this was their best event yet.
Basalt vertical slabs mark each row of grapes. (Photo by TTuttle)
The event was held in the vineyard. We drove up a winding and somewhat dusty road and then made our way through the vineyards. Each row has a vertical slab of Stone at the end and the effect is lovely. When we reached the highest point in the vineyard. It was nothing short of spectacular. We had a crystal clear blue sky and fantastic views of the rolling wheat fields and the Blue Mountains beyond.
The Figgins Family was pouring tastes of their Riesling paired with a shrimp skewer and a bruschetta with white bean dip. The Walla Walla Estate Red Wine. (I think this Red is their best yet!) was paired with a pulled pork bruschetta with a skewer of butternut squash and mushroom. It was all delicious.
Aaron Lee Tasian from Nashville kept the party rocking.
To top off this low-key party on the lawn Chris Figgins brought in Nashville “Indy Folk Grit” artist Aaron Lee Tasjan. His combination of storytelling and hot guitar tunes had everyone captivated.
Figgins Family Wine tasting room is open by appointment. (Photo by TTuttle)
Figgins Family Wine tasting room is usually open by appointment. Their latest release is definitely worth a taste.
One Wine has a sleek and modern tasting room in downtown Chelan.
Last weekend was my second visit to One Wine in Chelan. This visit was just as terrific as the previous one. The tasting room is very different than most tasting rooms. Located in downtown Chelan (I think they are the only one downtown) there are no murals of rolling grape vines or plastic grapes hanging from the doorways. It is sleek and modern and gorgeous. There is also a terrific patio beside the building where the four of us kicked back and enjoyed our wine.
There is not really just one wine, but three. A Bordeaux-style red that is yummy but would benefit from a bit of time in the cellar. A Pinot Gris that I have bought a couple of times and I claim that I don’t like white! And a rose’ which is 70% Cabernet Franc – this was my favorite – again a big surprise as I don’t consider myself a rose person but it is sold out so I am very glad I bought my share on our first visit.
Jo and Greg, the owners/winemakers, are a lot of fun. On the first visit Greg inscribed our purchased bottles with Ogham inscriptions. It looks very cool and makes each bottle very special. You can visit the One Wine website for a complete description.
On our second visit, Jo broke out her collection of candy – quite impressive – Bit of Honey, Big Hunks, Dove Chocolates and we were able to pair them with our wine. There is a set of treats that comes with each $5 tasting – dark chocolate covered fruit and lemon wafers, but if you get Jo wound up out comes the “big stash” of candy!
One Wine is delicious and fun. It is worth a visit just to see the stylish tasting room, but stay for the great conversation and the award winning wine.