WINERY OF THE MONTH
 

Grapes

What’s a trip to Walla Walla without enjoying a bit of wine from America’s number one wine region? Here at The FINCH, we’re all about supporting local businesses and offering our guests a true Walla Walla experience. So, we’ve partnered with dozens of amazing local wineries for our Winery of the Month program. From a little taste upon check-in, to getting the down-low on which wineries to visit during your stay (with special discounts, of course!), we make sure you experience a unique Walla Walla wine adventure. Check out our upcoming Wineries of the Month for 2021 below and start planning your Walla Walla getaway.


Pepper Bridge

DECEMBER - PEPPER BRIDGE

Pepper Bridge Winery produces Bordeaux-style wines from its mature estate vineyards. The family ownership of Norm McKibben, Dennis Murphy, and Jean-François Pellet are trailblazers in the wine community. Winemaker Jean-François Pellet blends his unique viticultural and winemaking skills with science and art to create distinctive, terroir-driven wines with a focus on quality and commitment to sustainability. Using traditional winemaking techniques, 100% French oak and 100% estate fruit from the Walla Walla Valley AVA, Pepper Bridge wines are collectibles that showcase complexity, structure and balance. Combining old-world philosophy with modern innovation, the brand has become an industry leader in crafting ultra-premium wines.


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CASTILLO DE FELICIANA

FEBRUARY - CASTILLO DE FELICIANA

Castillo de Feliciana Winery. Providing world-class Tempranillo, Albariño, and Innovative Spanish-style blends. We invite our guests to slow down, relax, and experience true Spanish hospitality.


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TIME AND DIRECTION

MARCH - TIME AND DIRECTION

Hailing from the restaurant scene in New York City, Steve Wells chose Walla Walla to learn how to make wine in 2011.  He’s worked for Gramercy Cellars and M&L Production and earned his degree in Enology & Viticulture from the Walla Walla Community College before starting Time & Direction in 2016.  Steve brings his restaurant background into winemaking by focusing on food friendly wines as well as his personality to every label by making them all different based on things that have been important to him during his lifetime.  Entering the Time & Direction tasting room is like stepping into his brain with 80s & 90’s pop culture references, music, video games, and of course wine, decorating all the walls.  Not your average tasting room experience.  It isn’t often that you’ll hear lo-fi jazz music playing for one minute and then heavy metal the next.  Drink wine and enjoy!


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ROTIE CELLARS

APRIL - ROTIE CELLARS

Sean’s path to Rotie Cellars wasn’t the one prescribed in the “How to become a prestigious winemaker” textbook. His college degree was in geology, and he spent ten years doing oil and gas exploration before making the leap to wine.

After working his first harvest at Waters Winery in 2004, he learned the profession in multiple positions before stepping out on his own in 2007. The non-traditional background turned out to be a perfect fit—he’s a winemaker who really knows his soils.

Wine is personal with Sean, and as far as he’s concerned, there’s no right or wrong way to create or consume it. He just makes what he loves to drink—French-style Rhone blends. His philosophical approach is Old World and natural, and his fingerprints are on every step of the winemaking process. He believes great wine happens mostly in the vineyard, and that his main job is to stay out of nature’s way.

Sean grew up in Tacoma, WA, and is a husband and father of three. He enjoys great food, cold beer, fantastic wine, and a hearty cup of coffee—black, and preferably from Walla Walla Roastery.


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HOUSE OF SMITH

MAY - HOUSE OF SMITH

House of Smith is the largest independent and winemaker-owned winery in Washington State with wines sold in all 50 states and 23 countries worldwide. We produce more than 55 individual wines and more than 500,000 cases annually.

Our leader, Winemaker Charles Smith is the most prolific and decorated American winemaker, having received 198 scores of 95 points and above and 768 scores of 90 points and above. Come see us – you won’t regret it!


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DAMA WINES

JUNE - DAMA WINES

DAMA is the Spanish word for lady, defined as refined and well-spoken, which describes DAMA Wines. The wines are the balanced, graceful expression of world-class terroir that are not of fad or fashion.


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