Non-Vintage Wines: New Store in Richland, WA.,
Specializes in Boutique, Limited Production Wines

The three young men, all recent graduates of Washington State University’s Enology & Viticulture Program who own Non-Vintage Wines are (from left to right) Matthew Doutney, Andrew Gerow and Gabriel Crowell.

A new wine shop opened in Richland, WA., this spring.  It’s completely different than any wine shop you’ve ever visited, however.  You won’t find the majority of Washington’s most popular wines here, but you will find three recent graduates of Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Program eager to share their knowledge about the rare Washington and International wines they sell.

Hailing from the East Coast, the Midwest and the Island of Cyprus, Matthew Doutney, Andrew Gerow and Gabriel Crowell bonded over shared experiences while attending classes at WSU. Collectively, they decided that sharing their knowledge and passion for wine would be best achieved through the opening of a boutique wine shop in the heart of Washington wine country.

They call their store “Non-Vintage Wines.”  “We like to think of ourselves as ‘wine consultants,’” said Gerow. “We ask our customers questions about what kind of wine they like (red, white, sweet, dry) how much they want to spend, whether they are looking for a bottle of wine to pair with tonight’s dinner, or to simply enjoy with friends.  In other words, we want to make sure our customers are leaving the store with the right bottle of wine.”

“We also take the initiative to educate our customers,” Gerow continued.  “For every bottle of wine we have in the store, we can tell our customers its story…from the grapes used to produce the wine to the history and philosophy of each winery.”

Gerow and his partners specialize in selling boutique, limited production wines that sell for between $9 and $300 per bottle.  Examples of more moderately priced wines include a $27 bottle of Sage Rat Ramato (a Pinot Grigio fermented on skins for seven days), a $21 bottle of Dom Rimbert’s 2020 “Cousin Oscar” (a  light red wine from France’s Languedoc Roussillon region) $23 bottle of Lobo Hills Chenin Blanc (a semi-sweet Chenin Blanc from Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills AVA), a $23 bottle of N.V Progetto Calcarius (a 1 liter bottle of Rosé from Puglia, Italy), and a $40 bottle of Syncline Winery’s Horse Heaven Hills Mourvedre (the first 100% Mourvedre produced in Washington State).

Higher end options at Non-Vintage include a $128 bottle of Double Back Winery’s 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (grapes sourced from Washington’s Walla Walla Valley), a $126 bottle of 2016 Domaine Charvin (a GSM blend from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France), a $90 bottle of Domaine Jean Grivot’s 2017 Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee (one of France’s most sought-after vineyards), and an $83 bottle of Luigi Baudana’s “Baudana” (one of Italy’s finest Barolos).

“Whether it’s a person who is just entering the world of wine, or an experienced collector who is looking for that one-of-a kind wine to display in his wine cellar, our mission is to enhance our customers knowledge of wine, whether it be a nice bottle of Washington wine at a reasonable price, or something more exotic from an international winery that carries a higher price tag,” Gerow explained.

Non-Vintage Wines is located at 1325 Aaron Drive, Suite 102, Richland, WA. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone: (509) 420-4717. Instagram. @nvwines.