Wine Passport

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.

Heisen House Vineyards 6th Anniversary Celebration

Heisen House Vineyards is celebrating six delicious years with a celebration that includes chocolate cake, an art show, music (as in, vinyl records played on Old School wi-fi), and of plenty of sustainably grown wine from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. Heisen House’s tasting rotation will get a bit of a shake-up, featuring older wines as well as new releases.

The celebration neatly coincides with the Memorial Day Weekend Wine Passport event, where you can taste wines at six Clark County wineries, get your passport stamped, and get entered to win fun, delicious prizes. Pick up your passport at Heisen House or at any participating winery on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Most wineries are open all three days from noon to 6 p.m.

Heisen House is a popular summer destination, with its summer festivals on the last Saturday of June, July, August and September, plus Friday Music Nights, indoor and outdoor tasting areas, and the beautiful, historic grounds with its old farmhouse and barn, both of which are on the Register of Historic Places. New this year: wine and craft classes (date, time, and cost TBA) as well as multi-course vineyard dinners showcasing the finest local cuisine and Heisen House wines. The venue is also available for weddings and other group events, but they get booked quickly; visit heisenhousevineyards.com for more information.