Mention the words “Walla Walla Valley” in a wine-related conversation and you’re likely to receive a smile and a nod of approval.
Wines produced from the Washington wine region have developed quite a reputation over the last several years. And with that recognition you can expect to pay higher prices – some of it warranted and some of it, perhaps, based on what I refer to as a “reputation surcharge.”
That’s why it’s so refreshing to taste and recommend wines from Watermill Winery. Not only are they absolutely stunning on every level, they’re extremely well-priced, considering the source.
The Walla Walla Valley Appellation straddles the Washington/Oregon border. Watermill is on the Oregon side in the town of Milton-Freewater, about 10 miles south of the city of Walla Walla.
While it’s not uncommon for wineries in the area to charge $40 to $50 a bottle for red wines, nearly all of Watermill’s current offerings are priced in the much more reasonable $20 to $35 range.
Winemaker Andrew Brown has done a masterful job with the wines. They’re expressive, true to the varietal, and an absolute pleasure to taste. Here are my tasting notes:
You’ll find Watermill Winery wines locally at the Barkley Village Haggen and at The Market at Birch Bay, and occasionally on the menu at the Dirty Dan Harris and La Fiamma restaurants. They can also be purchased on line at watermillwinery.com.