MARKHAM, Wash. - The Westport Winery earned top awards recently, at the 2013 Ultimate Wine Challenge held on June 3-7 in New York City. Owner Kim Roberts details their entries.
Swimmer’s Petit Sirah, crafted with grapes from Jones of Washington Vineyards, in the Wahluke Slope AVA was a competition finalist earning 91 points with an “excellent rating, highly recommended.” The judge’s tasting notes stated, “Alluring nose filled with blackberry, white pepper, cedar and intriguing biscuit like aromas. In the mouth it is sumptuously smooth with velvety tannins and a delectable blackberry jam profile. The finish is smooth and lingers on the palate.” A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Grays Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center.
Surfer’s Last Syrah with grapes Discovery Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills earned 87 points with “very good, strong recommendation.” The tasting notes said, “Aromas of mocha and plums are delicate on the nose. Crushed roses, cocoa beans and blackberry jam are all strong in the mouth. A gritty texture adds body and depth to this easy drinking wine with a pleasant and smooth finish.” A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the South Beach EMS.
Shorebird Chardonnay with grapes harvested at Airfield Vineyards scored 86 points with a “very good, strong recommendation”. Of this wine it was said, “Aromas of white pepper, pear and melon are at the core of this pungent wine. Soft in the mouth with piquant citrus and a rich minerality that lingers long after each sip. A subtle chalkiness leaves the mouth refreshed.” This wine benefits Grays Harbor Audubon.
Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the outdoor sculpture garden, grape maze, and bakery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Come see for yourself why Westport was named the 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest, voted 2010, 2012 and 2013 Best Wine Tour by King 5 Evening Magazine viewers, and Best Wine in Grays Harbor by The Daily World.
The winery, bakery, gift shop, nursery, and restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. with lunch offered daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dinner reservations are recommended by calling 360-648-2224.