Prosser is now a pit-stop for us as we travel to visit family and do business on the west side of the state; not sure we will have much opportunity to stop on one of those long-drive days. Another visit will have to be a planned visit, one on purpose… not sure we have ever done that before.
Knowing we were limited on time, my dear husband and I decided to choose a few wine tasting rooms that were close together in Prosser, Washington. With street names like Port Avenue and Cabernet Court, one expects to taste some delicious reds! We were not disappointed – tasted some wonderful whites too. On another excursion, we will choose a few other wineries through this area as there are many great places. Too many for me to do justice to at one visit.
First we went into Coyote Canyon Winery, one of a few wineries with space in a Mediterranean Style building, called Winemakers’ Loft. With 1135 acres of vineyards (twenty-six varietals with original rootstock) the first crush for this label was in 2004. St Michelle Winery has been highly successful with these grapes over the years, winning many awards. There are plaques from St Michelle honoring the vineyard the acclaimed wines originated from. We enjoyed tasting and the visit with Jane as she expanded the information that we had in the wine list. From the Albarino (white, wonderful grape to look for) to the spicy, woodsy Primitivo we didn’t doubt why St Michelle Winery did so well with Coyote Canyon Vineyard grapes.
Next door, a small family run winery Martinez & Martinez is just getting going. There are two working generations and a third up and coming generation participating in the growing of the grapes and the running of the winery. Each wine is being named after a grandchild, their father is the wine maker, mother takes care of business issues, grandfather works for Alder Ridge Vineyard as grower, and grandmother (Kristy) runs the tasting room. The Cabernet Sauvignon (crushed 08, I believe) are the first grapes from the Martinez & Martinez Estate Vineyard – this is a very nice cab.
Across the street, in their own modern building is Thurston Wolfe, 2007 Wine Press Northwest’s Washington Winery of the Year, tasting room. Chance, the tasting room dog, greets you with enthusiastic barks as you come in through the glass doors. Once properly greeted, he retreats to a vantage allowing him to continue monitoring the door while you proceed to taste the wines. This spring there will be a Rose’ of Lemberger released with the name ‘Second Chance’ – looking forward to it. Wade Wolfe, the wine maker, and his wife Becky Yeaman have created a wonderful portfolio of wines.
Prosser is a small community with lots of wineries & tasting rooms. Events, such as progressive dinners and food/wine pairing give participants a chance to wine taste at various places. We look forward to another visit to further experience the Prosser offerings.