What Washington Wineries Are Doing
to Deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic

EDITOR’S NOTE:

EDITOR’S NOTE: Washington Governor Jay Inslee has directed closure of all restaurants, bars, wineries and breweries for any tasting or dining on-site through Monday, May 4 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, Governor Inslee’s decree may be extended beyond that date. So, stay tuned for updates right here at: www.discoverwashingtonwine.com.

Though wineries will be closed for tasting and on-site dining through May 4, wineries will be allowed to offer curbside pick-up of wine by the bottle, and you can still buy wine online from wineries that have online wine shops. Following are press releases from a number of Washington wineries explaining the options they will be offering so that their customers can still enjoy their wines.

As Publisher of DiscoverWashingtonWine.com, I hope you will support your favorite wineries during these trying times to keep them financially viable. Chuck Leininger, Publisher.

Walla Walla Valley Wineries Will Be Open

Virtually During the Month of April

As a way to support the small businesses that make up the wine industry in the Walla Walla Valley, the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance has declared the month of April as Walla Walla Valley Wine Month. The Alliance announced the creation of Walla Walla Valley Wine Month in January, 2020. Since that announcement, however, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus has altered plans for this year.

In place of the myriad of wine-centric events that the Walla Walla Valley usually sees with the arrival of spring, local wineries are redesigning their celebrations. They are remaining open for business virtually and are ready to share and celebrate the Valley’s history, wines and community.

“Walla Walla Valley Wine Month is a great opportunity to remotely talk about, learn about and taste Walla Walla Valley Wine,” says Robert Hansen, Executive Director of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance. “As spring arrives in the Valley, and we’re faced with the reality that it isn’t accompanied with an abundance of tourism like usual, we believe now more than ever that declaring April as a month to share the unique qualities of the Walla Walla Valley is the right thing to do.”

Utilizing the hashtag #WallaWallaValleyWineMonth, the Alliance will run a social media campaign throughout the month sharing information about the wine region along with new resources created to support wine consumption at home. On WallaWallaWine.com, an online buying guide allows those interested in Walla Walla Valley Wine to find wineries, view wine promotions and shipping discounts, and go directly to online shops to place their orders.

An events calendar of virtual experiences allows wine enthusiasts to tune into virtual tastings, live happy hours and more. These new resources allow for an unprecedented opportunity to explore and access Walla Walla Valley Wine from the comfort of home.

In addition to sharing resources on how to buy wine at home, the Alliance plans to share perspectives from members of the wine community, revisit the history of the Walla Walla Valley, discuss aspects of terroir and showcase the beauty of Walla Walla wine country.

“People can celebrate alongside us by opening up a treasured Walla Walla Valley bottle from their cellar, ordering the first of this year’s rosé releases or finding new wineries to try,” says Mary Derby, the Alliance’s Marketing Committee Chair and founder and winemaker of DAMA Wines. “This month will be a celebration of all of the wonderful aspects that make up Walla Walla Valley Wine, and we hope that it will also be a time to connect with one another as we look ahead to a time when we can connect in person once again.”

Learn more about Walla Walla Valley Wine Month by visiting: www.WallaWallaWine.com.

Red Mountain Virtual Happy Hours

Several wineries on Red Mountain are hosting Virtual Happy Hours this week (Tuesday, April 7 through Sunday, April 12). The schedule for this week’s Virtual Happy Hour events is: FIRESIDE CHAT TUESDAY – Join Christophe Hedges of Hedges Family Estate to chat Terroir driven wines. WINE WEDNESDAY – Stacie and Russ Hamilton of Hamilton Cellars offer insight into current wines and upcoming releases. TASTE THE VINEYARD THURSDAY – Join Greg and Shae Frichette of Frichette Winery in the vineyard as they share the diversity of Red Mountain through wine. FOODIE FRIDAY – Kyle and Amy Johnson of Purple Star Winery share the secret of their staple dish that’s hand made for their club parties. RED WINE BLEND SATURDAY – Let’s talk red blends and how they come together with Larry and Jane Pearson of Tapteil Vineyard Winery. SUNDAY SURPRISE – See what Tim and Kelly Hightower of Hightower Cellars have up their sleeves at their Secret Surprise Sunday Virtual Happy Hour.

All Virtual Happy Hours start at 6 p.m. and can be accessed from each winery’s Facebook Page. Stay tuned for next week’s schedule.   For more information, contact Shae Frichette at Frichette Winery: (509) 426 3227.

Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars

As most of you know by now, Governor Jay Inslee has ordered all restaurants, bars, and entertainment facilities (including wineries) in Washington State to shut their doors through Monday, May 4 to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Although we are restricted from offering tastings or experiences in any of our three tasting rooms locations in Walla Walla, Woodinville and Vancouver, we will have staff on hand if you would like to pick up your wine club allotments or buy wine to take home.

Please give us a call at one of our locations and let us know when you will be stopping by so we can prepare your order. The phone numbers at our three tastings room locations are: Walla Walla (509) 525-6502; Woodinville (425) 483-7026; Vancouver (360) 726-6119. To purchase wines and have them shipped directly to your door, you can shop the online stores located on each of our winery’s websites: www.pepperbridge.com and www.amavicellars.com. Our online stores are open 24/7 and fully stocked with wines. We are offering a flat rate of $10 shipping per order and complimentary shipping on six or more bottles.

We hope to see you all again in person once we get the go ahead to open our tasting rooms with no restrictions.

Your Friends at Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars

Milbrandt Vineyards/Ryan Patrick Wines

From the bottom of our hearts, our family owned wineries – Milbrandt Vineyards and Ryan Patrick Wines – appreciate your continued business. You are helping us stay afloat during these uncertain times. Please know that you can always place orders online and receive them in a timely manner. Due to health mandates, our doors are only open for bottle purchases, curbside pick-up and to-go orders until further notice. To place to-go orders, please call one of our locations and let us know when you will be stopping by so we can prepare your order. The phone numbers at our three tastings room locations are: Prosser (509) 788-0030; Woodinville (425) 949-7660; Leavenworth (509) 888-2236..

Again, until we can serve you without restrictions at our three Washington tasting rooms, feel free to order online at: www.milbrandtvineyards.com and at: www.ryanpatrickwines.com. We stand by Washington and the rest of our hard-working country.

Butch Milbrandt

L’Ecole No. 41 Winery

Like all other wineries in Washington State, we at L’Ecole No. 41 Winery have been forced to close our Walla Walla tasting room to in-person tastings to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus. We don’t know yet when we will be able to reopen, but we’ll let you know when we do. In the meantime, we are currently open for pickup service for bottle purchases placed by phone and online. To place a to-go order, please call us at (509) 525-0940 so that we can have your order ready for pick-up when you get here. To place an online order, visit: www.lecole.com.

We are also offering $10 flat shipping for orders of six bottles or more. For residents of the local Walla Walla area we are offering delivery – our team members are sharing the responsibility of delivery. In fact, your wine might be delivered by L’Ecole No. 41 owner Marty Clubb himself.

The L’Ecole team is healthy and optimistic while organizing ourselves to sustain an extended impact on working arrangements. As the situation progresses, we will continue adapting and finding innovative ways to serve our customers. We know that as soon as this is all over, our extended family of fans and customers will again fill the Schoolhouse with laughter and joy.

Your friends at L’Ecole No. 41

Coyote Canyon Winery

In compliance with Governor Islee’s directive, Coyote Canyon Winery will be closed for all wine tasting through Monday, May 4. While we’re all adapting to changes and spending more time at home, we’ve made some special arrangements to help with the convenience and safety for our customers. And…while you’re home, we certainly don’t want you to be without some good Coyote Canyon wine.   So, here’s how you can still buy your favorite Coyote Canyon wine. You can place an order online and have it shipped to you, or you can pick it up at our tasting room in Prosser., WA. You can access our online store by logging onto: www.coyotecanyonwinery.com. All orders of six or more bottles will ship free through May l.

If you would like to pick up your wine, please call us at (509) 786-7686 and let us know when you will be stopping by so we can have your order ready when you arrive. If you haven’t picked up your Spring wine club allotment yet, you can have your allotment shipped for free by contacting Joleen at: wineclub@coyotecanyonwinery.com.  Or you can still pick it up. We’ll bring wine to your car or you can pick it up in the tasting room but you cannot taste wine. Our staff will be available to help you from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

We’ve got special pricing on two of our wines during the month of March. We’re selling two bottles of our 2012 HH Estates Reserve Bozak Red for $45 and we’re selling our 2013 Big John Cab for $35 per bottle; regular price $45.

Coyote Canyon Winery is located at 357 Port Avenue, Studio A, Winemakers Loft, Prosser, WA 99350. We look forward to being able to serve you again in our tasting room once we get the go ahead from Governor Inslee to resume business as usual.

Mike and Marti Andrews and the entire staff at Coyote Canyon Winery

Armstrong Family Winery

Our tasting rooms in Woodinville and Walla Walla are now closed for tastings. However, you can still purchase Armstrong wines online and have them shipped to you, or you can order wine online and pick it up curbside at either location. If you prefer that we ship your order to you, we are offering $1 shipping on orders of six or more bottles until further notice.

You can also call or text either location to place a to-go order and pick it up curbside. To order from our Woodinville tasting room, call/text Lisa at (202) 999-6902 Tuesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. To order from our Walla Walla tasting room call/text Jen at (509) 629-3373 Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

We are also happy to provide complimentary delivery for purchases of six or more bottles in King and Walla Walla counties. If you are a member of our wine club, we’ll provide complimentary delivery of three or more bottles. If you haven’t picked up your Spring Wine Club allotment yet, you can pick it up at either tasting room as well.

Always trying to provide over-the-top service to our customers, we have also launched Virtual Private Wine Tastings. Schedule an online video-conference tasting with Tim or Jen to walk through your favorite Armstrong wines from the comfort of your own home. Invite interested friends, too! Virtual Tastings are available to Wine Club Members, or to anyone who purchases 6 or more bottles between now and the end of April (this is a pilot period… and may be extended!).  Email Jen at: jennifer@armstrongwinery.com to schedule your online tasting.

Thank you for your generous and continued support of our small business, and the other small businesses in our communities. Cheers to the helpers, the good humor, the perspective, the creativity, and the sense of community that is emerging in these unusual times.

Tim and Jen Armstrong and the entire Armstrong team

Avennia Winery

Like all wineries in Washington, Avennia Winery is closed for tastings at its Woodinville tasting room through Monday, May 4.   However, we are offering curbside pickup of bottle purchases during regular business hours – daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for club and prepaid orders. All we ask is that you call ahead at (425) 482-4363 to let us know when you are coming so we can have your order ready when you arrive. You don’t even have to get out of your car when you get here.

During this time, you can also place online orders at: www.avennia.com. If you would like us to ship your order to you, shipping via UPS ground will be included at no charge for all NEW purchases of three or more standard bottles or two or more magnums. You are also welcome to pick up your online order curbside at the tasting room, which is located at 19255 Woodinville-Snohomish Road NE, Suite #1, Woodinville, WA 98072

We look forward to serving you again in our tasting room once the restrictions have been lifted.

Your Friends at Avvenia Winery

Col Solare Winery

Our priority at Col Solare has always been and continues to be the safety and well-being of our employees and our customers. In accordance with the guidance from the state government, we have temporarily closed both our Red Mountain and Bottega tasting rooms to the public.

In light of this closure, all public events, including our club events, have been cancelled through Monday, May 4 at this time.  We will continue to monitor this situation closely and re-open our doors when we feel it is safe for us to do so.

As wine to-go sales and pick-ups from wineries/tasting rooms are still permitted, we will offer the option of curbside pick-up at our Red Mountain location from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at the Woodinville Bottega from 12 p.m. -5 p.m. daily. Please call the tasting rooms to schedule your pick up at 509-588-6806 (Red Mountain), 425-415-3330 (Woodinville Bottega), or via email at info@colsolare.com

We understand that you may prefer to shop our wines online during this time so we will be offering penny ground shipping through March 31st on all wine purchases.

If you have any questions, our team is here to help, please call our concierge team at 877-319-3417 or via email at orders@colsolare.com

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to the opportunity to host you soon.

Your Friends at Col Solare 

Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyards

We’re Still Open… Just not for tastings and on-site dining. We are doing our part by closing for tastings in our Red Mountain and Spokane locations and on-site dining at our Red Mountain Vineyard Grill. During this time, our staff will be available for curbside wine delivery to your vehicle. Just give us a call at (509) 588-6082 or contact us at: info@terrablanca.com to place your order.

To help support our guests, community, and staff here at Terra Blanca, we are rolling out a brand-new Dinner-To-Go program at our flagship Red Mountain winery.  We know you love Chef Jim’s creations and how well they match with our Red Mountain estate wines. Our new Dinner-To-Go option is a way we can provide for our community and staff in a time of need with dinner and a bottle of wine to go for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Our Dinner-To-Go program launched on Wednesday, March 18.

Small businesses of all kinds and their employees in our community will need your support now more than ever!  Consider ordering take-out from your favorite local restaurants, buy gift certificates for dinners, wine, and other services in the future, and help small businesses stay in business.  Many small businesses will experience unprecedented reductions in revenue without additional support, let’s make sure we help them to survive.

Thank you for your continued support of Terra Blanca, especially through challenging times such as these. We will continue to keep you updated as this situation develops.

Keith & Renae Pilgrim

Owners, Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

Brian Carter Cellars

It goes without saying that we have all been affected by COVID-19 and the impact that it has had on every facet of our lives. But it has also brought about a restored sense of community – neighbors helping neighbors and strangers reaching out to those in need. And while it’s unfortunate – though necessary – that we must make some changes to our normal business operations for a while, we are ready to do what we can to continue to serve you and support our staff while making everyone’s stay at home a little more enjoyable.

While we won’t be able to provide tastings for the time being, our Woodinville tasting room will remain open Wednesdays through Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate to-go bottle sales, wine club pick-ups, and curbside delivery service. Simply place your order online or by phone, let us know when you’d like to stop by, and we’ll be ready for you. We’ll also continue offering free in-state shipping on all orders of three bottles or more.

We will, of course, keep you informed of any changes as they come our way. If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out at (425) 806-9463 or email us at: info@briancartercellars.com. We are so grateful for your continued support.   Wine is an amazing and enduring connector of people, and we are looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Your Brian Carter Cellars Family

Basalt Cellars

Your health and safety matter to us. Our tasting room will continue to be closed until further notice as we do our part to flatten the curve of COVID-19. However, we are still able to assist you with curbside orders and can ship/deliver wine directly to your door. Our modified hours are Monday through Friday – 11 am to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.n. to 3 p.m. We will extend our wine specials until our tasting room reopens: 20% on 2 bottles, 25% on 6 bottles, 30% on 12 bottles or more and $10 flat shipping.

Interested in doing something for someone else? Call for gift basket specials, deliverable right to their door. Shipping to 46 states. We hope you stay healthy and look forward to pouring for you again soon. (509) 758-6442. Order online at: www.basaltcellars.com.

The Entire Basalt Cellars Team

14 Hands Winery

Our priority at 14 Hands has always been and continues to be the safety and well-being of our employees and our customers. In accordance with the guidance from the State of Washington, we have temporarily closed our Prosser tasting room to the public. In light of this closure, all public events, including our club events, have been cancelled through Monday, May 4. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and re-open when we feel it is safe for us to do so.

As wine to-go sales and pick-ups from wineries/tasting rooms are still permitted, we will offer curbside pick-up from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Please call the tasting room at (509) 786–5514 and we will bring your wine out to you. Curbside pick-up is available to all 14 Hands customers. We understand that you may prefer to shop our wines online during this time so we will be offering flat rate shipping through March 31st on all wine purchases.

If you have any questions, our team is here to help. Simply call our concierge team at (800) 301-0773 or email us at: orders@14hands.com. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Your Friends at 14 Hands

Goose Ridge Winery

In an effort to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our employees, our customers, wine club members and our community, we have made the decision to temporarily cease in-person tastings at our four Washington tasting rooms – Richland, Woodinville, Leavenworth and Walla Walla. We will remain open for pick-up orders (including curbside delivery) at our Richland and Woodinville tasting rooms seven days a week from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For assistance with pick-up orders, shipment, or any other business needs, our team members are available by phone in Woodinville at (425) 488-0200, in Richland at (509) 628-3880, and via email at: info@gooseridge.com to assist you. We are thinking about you in these difficult times and look forward to raising a glass with you in person soon.

The Entire Team at Goose Ridge Winery