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Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 25, 2007 at 5:02 pm | No Comments »
September 25, 2007 5:02 pm

Does anybody on this thread know where to find information on the wineries Ed mentioned,existence of a tasting room, hours of operation, etc. I suppose I could google each. My guess is that they are limited in that respect.


An Ed’s Diner regular followed up on something I forgot to follow up on last week. That South Sound wine story I told you I was working on? It turned into a story about grape-growing and wine-making? It’ll publish in the newspaper Oct. 7.


Click on the link to see the list of South Sound wineries, tasting rooms, hours and varietals.


It’ll take all day and a tank of gas, but it’s possible to make a South Sound Wine Country Tour, working your way from Tacoma to Lakebay to Hoodsport to Shelton, and maybe even Olympia and beyond.


There’s a winery on Vashon Island, too, but the ferries make it hard to include Vashon in any loop on a single day.


As “wine country” goes in the South Sound, there’s not a lot of there there. But console yourself at Trillium Creek, where Estrella Farms cheeses are sold in the tasting room.



Walter Dacon Wines

50 S.E. Skookum Inlet Road, Shelton; 360-426-5913; walterdaconwines.com.

Varietals: Sangiovese, Syrah, Viognier and Roussane.

Tasting room: Open Wednesdays-Sundays.


Stina’s Cellars

2210 70th Ave. W, University Place; 253-227-9748; stinascellars.com

Varietals: Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Charonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier.

Tasting room: Open Fridays-Saturdays.


Trillium Creek Winery

17812 18th St. KPN, Lakebay; 253-884-5746; trilliumcreekwinery.com

Varietals: Pinot noir, Muller-Thurgau, Cabernet, Syrah, Siegerrebe.

Tasting room: Open Fridays-Mondays.


Hoodsport Winery

23501 N. U.S. Highway 101, Hoodsport; 360-877-9894; hoodsport.com.

Varietals: Merlot, Chardonnay, Island Belle Merlot, Lemberger-Cabernet, Raspberry, Syrah, Madeleine Angevine, Rhubarb.

Tasting room: Open daily.


McCrea Cellars

13443 118th Ave. S.E., Rainier; 206-938-8643; mccreacellars.com.

Varietals: Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Picpou, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise, Cinsault.

Tasting room: By appointment.


Donedei Wines

Tenino, 360-264-8466; donedei.com

Varietals: Merlot, Cabernet

Tasting room: By appointment.


Marchetti Wines

Olympia; 360-438-8851; marchettiwines.com

Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Syrah

Tasting room: By appointment.


SOUTH SOUND WINE HISTORY TOUR

Located on Stretch Island in Mason County, The Puget Sound Museum is housed in the old St. Charles Winery, Washington’s first bonded winery, which operated from 1918 to 1965. Harley Somers, whose grandfather founded the winery, operates the museum. Tours are offered on weekends. Among the artifacts are the wine press and bottling machine used by St. Charles Winery, plus a "laboratory" filled wine-making equipment and vintage bottles of wine (and grape juice) from western Washington’s vintening heyday. Somers’ property is also home to an original planting of the Island Belle grape, dating to the 1880s. The Puget Sound Museum is located on Stretch Island Road on Stretch Island, off state Highway 3 near Allyn. For museum tours and information, call 360-275-5413.

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