This weekend marks the opening of a collection of tasting rooms declared the Kirkland Warehouse District, the name probably taking inspiration from the Woodinville Warehouse Wineries.
When the hubby and I were in Kirkland last month we decided to check things out. As we drove past a strip mall, we came upon what bore a strong resemblance to the office park I worked in right after college. Then there were signs revealing a church. Simultaneously we declared, “That seems odd.” And while that church appears out of place, so does the sandwich board just across the way reading, “Wine Tasting”. Northwest Cellars Winery, in business since 2004, already has a tasting room here. The winery has leased space next door and removed a wall to expand its primary tasting room & event facilities. The construction has added about 800 sq ft to the tasting room and event area in order to accommodate a growing list of special event booking requests. Additionally, Waving Tree Winery and Skylite Cellars are opening up tasting rooms in adjoining spaces.
During our scouting expedition, applications for liquor licenses still hung on the doors, and the spaces were works in progress. The hubby was surprised that the tasting rooms weren’t visible from the street. However, there may be benefits to being less visible. Only time will tell how that plays out.
Waving Tree Winery is based in Goldendale, Washington. When Roger and I visited owners Evelyn and Terrence Atkins there last year we had a fantastic time tasting through their lineup, most of which is comprised of estate bottlings. In fact, their Sangiovese and Barbera are great values and among our favorite pizza wines.
Skylite Cellars is Walla Walla based. When I met Cheryl from the winery at Taste Walla Walla, she told me that she has been part of the collective Nectar Tasting Room in Spokane along with Bob Delf of Northwest Cellars. That connection plus the harm done to the Walla Walla tasting room by the rerouting of Highway 12 inspired her to open up the tasting room in Kirkland.
The grand opening of the Kirkland Warehouse District takes place this weekend.
The Skylite Cellars website indicates their tasting room will be open Friday through Sunday from Noon to 6pm.
Northwest Cellars specified the following on Local Wine Events:
Saturday, April 14 from noon – 6pm and Sunday, April 15, 2012 from noon – 5pm
Cost: $5 tasting fee at each winery, refunded with purchase
Great food from Green Apple Catering, live music in all 3 tasting rooms, and artists showing in all spaces.
11909 124th Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034