Southwest Washington Winery Association

Wine & Chocolate Festival

Ridgefield’s First Saturday just got a little more delicious! On Saturday, Nov. 4, downtown Ridgefield and the SW Washington Wine Association are partnering to host a Wine & Chocolate Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Overlook Park. Sip delicious local wines paired with decadent chocolate treats—or buy a bottle of wine to take home. The wine-tasting event will be held under a heated tent with live music and ample seating, hot food, and local vendors. This 21-and-over gala is $10 to enter, and the fee includes a wine glass plus three tasting tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each. The first 300 guests will receive a hand-painted wine glass created especially for this occasion. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance online at Eventbrite.

Featured wineries include Emanar Cellars, English Estate Winery, Heisen House Vineyards, Burnt Bridge CellarsOlequa Cellars, Rezabek Vineyards, Stavalaura Vineyards, and Confluence Vineyard and Winery. Chocolate goodies to tempt you include artisan Moonstruck chocolate from Blue Heron Floral, chocolate cake bombs and chocolate dipped biscotti by Killabites, chocolate sourdough bread by Bakerchic’s, and all kinds of chocolate and chocolate foods from local chocolatiers and food vendors. While you sip and nibble, you can enjoy live music from Justin Sheehy and Faisal & Mitch.

If you’ve got kids, no worries! Downtown Ridgefield businesses will be open and offering sales and specials throughout town, and you can also browse the wares of Ridgefield Farmers Market vendors. The Old Liberty Theater will be hosting a Chocolate Bar featuring chocolate treats and hot cocoa. Merchants will offer chocolate tastings, and wine- and chocolate-based products. If you’re feeling expressive, write it on the Gratitude Graffiti display! And all ages are welcome to visit the Chickadee Arts & Crafts Bazaar at the Ridgefield Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—complete with a Gingerbread House Contest!—sponsored by the Ridgefield Art Association. There will be non-alcoholic wine tasting, arts and crafts sales by local artisans, and free chocolate samples.

Labor Day Weekend Food & Wine Tour

What’s the best possible way to celebrate Labor Day weekend? By drinking lots of wine, of course—followed closely by eating delicious food! Clark County’s craft wineries are teaming up to offer a Food & Wine Pairing Weekend from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, Sunday, Sept. 3, and Monday, Sept. 4. Nearly every winery in Southwest Washington will be open during those hours, offering chef-prepared small plates, delectable finger foods and appetizers to enjoy with award-winning wines. Notable wineries to visit include the following (click on each for details about hours, directions, and special offerings such as food and live music):

You can sip and sample local culinary and enological delights like the ever-popular Chardonnay, as well as lesser-known varietals like Golubok, Marechal-Foch and Zweigelt-Rebe. Supplemented with grapes sourced from warmer climates nearby (predominantly Eastern Washington), local wineries are able to produce wines for nearly every palate. Many locations will offer live music and discounts on wine by the glass and by the bottle—and most Southwest Washington wineries are small enough that, in all likelihood, the winemakers themselves will be pouring for you. To see a map of all participating wineries, visit www.swwawine.com.

The weekend is also the last chance to complete the region’s “Summer Passport Challenge,” where wine-lovers collect stamps at all 10 participating wineries. All who complete the challenge will win a prize and be entered in a drawing to be held after Labor Day. Free passports are available at participating wineries and online at the Southwest Washington Winery Association website, swwawine.com.

Labor Day Weekend Food & Wine Tour

What’s the best possible way to celebrate Labor Day weekend? By drinking lots of wine, of course—followed closely by eating delicious food! Clark County’s craft wineries are teaming up to offer a Food & Wine Pairing Weekend from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, Sunday, Sept. 3, and Monday, Sept. 4. Nearly every winery in Southwest Washington will be open during those hours, offering chef-prepared small plates, delectable finger foods and appetizers to enjoy with award-winning wines. Notable wineries to visit include the following (click on each for details about hours, directions, and special offerings such as food and live music):

You can sip and sample local culinary and enological delights like the ever-popular Chardonnay, as well as lesser-known varietals like Golubok, Marechal-Foch and Zweigelt-Rebe. Supplemented with grapes sourced from warmer climates nearby (predominantly Eastern Washington), local wineries are able to produce wines for nearly every palate. Many locations will offer live music and discounts on wine by the glass and by the bottle—and most Southwest Washington wineries are small enough that, in all likelihood, the winemakers themselves will be pouring for you. To see a map of all participating wineries, visit www.swwawine.com.

The weekend is also the last chance to complete the region’s “Summer Passport Challenge,” where wine-lovers collect stamps at all 10 participating wineries. All who complete the challenge will win a prize and be entered in a drawing to be held after Labor Day. Free passports are available at participating wineries and online at the Southwest Washington Winery Association website, swwawine.com.

Memorial Day Weekend Wine Passport Challenge

Southwest Washington wineries are joining together to make your Memorial Day weekend even more memorable with a special Wine Passport. Step one: grab your free passport at any participating winery (there’s a list below) or download a passport from www.swwawine.com. Step two: visit 10 wineries (here’s a map if you need it) over the summer, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, and get a stamp in your passport at each location. Step three: leave the completely stamped passport at the last winery you visit. Everyone who completes the challenge will win a prize and be entered in a drawing to be held after the Food and Wine Pairing event hosted by the Southwest Washington Winery Association over Labor Day Weekend.

On Memorial Day Weekend, participating wineries will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27, Sunday, May 28, and Memorial Day, Monday, May 29—but call or visit each winery to make sure. Some wineries will also offer special events, sales, small plates and food pairings, art by local artists, and live music. Wines from the 2016 harvest will be released, including locally grown Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, as well as Alvarino, Cayuga, Gruner Veltliner, Viognier, Marechal Foch, Rosé of Grenache, and Mourvedre. For more information, visit www.swwawine.com. Here are the wineries that will be participating in the Memorial Day Weekend event:

The Southwest Washington Winery Association is organized to promote and encourage the development and growth of the grape wine industry in Southwest Washington. Member wineries host four region-wide events throughout the year. More information about the Association and member wineries is available at www.swwawine.com.

Wine Passport Challenge Starts Memorial Day Weekend

Southwest Washington wineries are joining together to make your Memorial Day weekend even more memorable with a special Wine Passport. Step one: grab your free passport at any participating winery (there’s a list below) or download a passport from www.swwawine.com. Step two: visit 10 wineries (here’s a map if you need it) over the summer, from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, and get a stamp in your passport at each location. Step three: leave the completely stamped passport at the last winery you visit. Everyone who completes the challenge will win a prize and be entered in a drawing to be held after the Food and Wine Pairing event hosted by the Southwest Washington Winery Association over Labor Day Weekend.

On Memorial Day Weekend, participating wineries will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27, Sunday, May 28, and Memorial Day, Monday, May 29—but call or visit each winery to make sure. Some wineries will also offer special events, sales, small plates and food pairings, art by local artists, and live music. Wines from the 2016 harvest will be released, including locally grown Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, as well as Alvarino, Cayuga, Gruner Veltliner, Viognier, Marechal Foch, Rosé of Grenache, and Mourvedre. For more information, visit www.swwawine.com. Here are the wineries that will be participating in the Memorial Day Weekend event:

The Southwest Washington Winery Association is organized to promote and encourage the development and growth of the grape wine industry in Southwest Washington. Member wineries host four region-wide events throughout the year. More information about the Association and member wineries is available at www.swwawine.com.

 

 

 

The Southwest Washington Winery Association is ready to tempt your tastebuds with the most indulgently romantic partnership in the gourmet world: wine and chocolate. Wineries all over the North Bank will be hosting wine-and-chocolate pairings from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12. Here’s a sample of what’s happening at these participating wineries:

For more information about all 12 wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms that are participating in the Wine & Chocolate Weekend, click here for a printable map or visit www.swwawine.com.

Wine & Chocolate Weekend

The Southwest Washington Winery Association is ready to tempt your tastebuds with the most indulgently romantic partnership in the gourmet world: wine and chocolate. Wineries all over the North Bank will be hosting wine-and-chocolate pairings from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12. Here’s a sample of what’s happening at these participating wineries:

For more information about all 12 wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms that are participating in the Wine & Chocolate Weekend, click here for a printable map or visit www.swwawine.com.

Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour

The Southwest Washington Winery Association invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving by…drinking more wine! Thanksgiving Weekend is the perfect, mellow time to enjoy first tastes straight from the barrel and to sample new releases. The Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour will be held over three days, giving you plenty of time to visit every winery on the list. Participating Southwest Washington Wineries will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 27. Tasting fees vary from winery to winery, so be sure to check websites before you plan your trip. Some wineries, like Moulton Falls and Rusty Grape, offer food like wood-fired pizza or small plates for nibbling. Wineries on the Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour include places in Vancouver, Ridgefield, Battle Ground and Yacolt. To see a map, visit www.swwawine.com.

There are nearly two-dozen family-owned, boutique wineries and vineyards in the local region. With an average production of only 1,000 cases per year, winemakers are still frequently in the tasting room, where you can meet them and learn their stories firsthand. Nestled between the north bank of the Columbia River and the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the climate and soil are similar to Burgundy. The region excels at growing traditional European grapes such as Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay, as well as lesser-known varietals like Golubok, Marechal-Foch and Zweigelt-Rebe. Grapes are also sourced from warmer climates nearby, like Walla Walla. Vintners in Southwest Washington are making red, white, rosé, sparking and dessert wines (try the delicious Port of Vancouver from English Estate). Many of these vintners, like Burnt Bridge Cellars in downtown Vancouver or Koi Pond in Ridgefield, have won numerous awards and are recognized in wine circles well beyond Southwest Washington.

Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour

The Southwest Washington Winery Association invites you to celebrate Thanksgiving by…drinking more wine! Thanksgiving Weekend is the perfect, mellow time to enjoy first tastes straight from the barrel and to sample new releases. The Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour will be held over three days, giving you plenty of time to visit every winery on the list. Participating Southwest Washington Wineries will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 27. Tasting fees vary from winery to winery, so be sure to check websites before you plan your trip. Some wineries, like Moulton Falls and Rusty Grape, offer food like wood-fired pizza or small plates for nibbling. Wineries on the Thanksgiving Weekend Wine Tour include places in Vancouver, Ridgefield, Battle Ground and Yacolt. To see a map, visit www.swwawine.com.

There are nearly two-dozen family-owned, boutique wineries and vineyards in the local region. With an average production of only 1,000 cases per year, winemakers are still frequently in the tasting room, where you can meet them and learn their stories firsthand. Nestled between the north bank of the Columbia River and the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the climate and soil are similar to Burgundy. The region excels at growing traditional European grapes such as Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Chardonnay, as well as lesser-known varietals like Golubok, Marechal-Foch and Zweigelt-Rebe. Grapes are also sourced from warmer climates nearby, like Walla Walla. Vintners in Southwest Washington are making red, white, rosé, sparking and dessert wines (try the delicious Port of Vancouver from English Estate). Many of these vintners, like Burnt Bridge Cellars in downtown Vancouver or Koi Pond in Ridgefield, have won numerous awards and are recognized in wine circles well beyond Southwest Washington.

Labor Day Weekend Food & Wine Tour

What’s the best possible way to celebrate Labor Day weekend? By drinking lots of wine, of course! Clark County’s craft wineries are teaming up to offer a Food & Wine Pairing Weekend from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, Sunday, Sept. 4, and Monday, Sept. 5. Nearly every winery in Southwest Washington will be open during those hours, offering chef-prepared small plates, delectable finger foods and appetizers to enjoy with award-winning wines. (Olequa Cellars is the only holdout; it will only be open on Saturday and Sunday, but not Labor Day.)

Notable wineries to visit include the following (click on each for details about hours, directions, and special offerings such as food and live music):

Many locations will offer live music and discounts on wine by the glass and by the bottle—and most Southwest Washington wineries are small enough that, in all likelihood, the winemakers themselves will be pouring for you. To see a map of all participating wineries, visit www.swwawine.com.

Clark County wineries Pomeroy Cellars and Rusty Grape Vineyard aren’t members of the Southwest Washington Winery Association, but they are well worth visiting nevertheless; visit their websites at www.pomeroycellars.com and www.rustygrape.com to see their Labor Day weekend hours. Pomeroy Cellars, a relative newcomer to the Clark County wine scene, is already producing some truly excellent wines, and Rusty Grape makes a mean wood-fired pizza!

Labor Day Weekend Food & Wine Tour

What’s the best possible way to celebrate Labor Day weekend? By drinking lots of wine, of course! Clark County’s craft wineries are teaming up to offer a Food & Wine Pairing Weekend from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, Sunday, Sept. 4, and Monday, Sept. 5. Nearly every winery in Southwest Washington will be open during those hours, offering chef-prepared small plates, delectable finger foods and appetizers to enjoy with award-winning wines. (Olequa Cellars and Moulton Falls Winery are the only holdouts; they will be open on Saturday and Sunday, but not Labor Day.)

Notable wineries to visit include the following (click on each for details about hours, directions, and special offerings such as food and live music):

Many locations will offer live music and discounts on wine by the glass and by the bottle—and most Southwest Washington wineries are small enough that, in all likelihood, the winemakers themselves will be pouring for you. To see a map of all participating wineries, visit www.swwawine.com.

Clark County wineries Pomeroy Cellars and Rusty Grape Vineyard aren’t members of the Southwest Washington Winery Association, but they are well worth visiting nevertheless; visit their websites at www.pomeroycellars.com and www.rustygrape.com to see their Labor Day weekend hours. Pomeroy Cellars, a relative newcomer to the Clark County wine scene, is already producing some truly excellent wines, and Rusty Grape makes a mean wood-fired pizza!

Memorial Day Weekend Wine Passport

Southwest Washington wineries are joining together to make your Memorial Day weekend even more memorable with a special Wine Passport. Step one: grab your free passport at any participating winery (there’s a list below). Step two: visit six wineries (here’s a map if you need it) over Memorial Day Weekend and get a stamp in your passport at each location. Leave the completely stamped passport at the last winery you visit. Step three: be entered to win one of 11 gift cards; winners will be randomly selected at the end of the weekend.

Most wineries will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, Sunday, May 29, and Memorial Day, Monday, May 30—but call or visit each winery to make sure. Some wineries will also offer special events, sales, small plates and live music on Friday night as well, so you can start your weekend off right. (In fact, you can drop by Burnt Bridge Cellars any time from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday night to taste their outstanding blackberry-licious 2013 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah.) For more info, visit www.swwawine.com. Here are the participating wineries: