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Spring Barrel Tasting This Weekend 5/15/2013


20 Boutique Wineries Open Cellar Doors for Behind-the-Scenes Look at Winemaking
LAKE CHELAN, WA (May 14, 2013) — The Lake Chelan Wine Valley will kick off spring with a weekend of tasting future wine releases straight from the barrel on May 18 and 19. Spring Barrel Tasting is an annual event and offers visitors the chance to taste and learn how the use of oak plays a significant role in wine making. Guests will explore the use of different oak treatments and their impact on the taste, color, tannin and texture of the wine.  Guests can visit winery cellar rooms for exclusive tastings with local winemakers and purchase upcoming vintages of some of their favorite wines.
Wines that will be offered to taste throughout the weekend include the following. For a full list and more details, visit
  • Atam Winery – Barbera
  • Cairdeas Winery – 2012 CabernetPort
  • Chelan Estate – 2008 Pinot Noir
  • Chelan Ridge – 2011 Estate Chardonnay
  • Hard Row to Hoe – 2012 Sangiovese
  • Lake Chelan Winery – 2011 Syrah
  • Nefarious Cellars – 2012 Grenache and estate grown 2012 Defiance Vineyard Syrah
  • Rio Vista Wines – 2012 Barbera and 2012 Malbec
  • Tsillan Cellars - 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Malbec, 2012 Pinot Grigio, 2012 Sinistra, 2012 Sempre Amore, 2012 B. Rossa, 2012 RSV Syrah
  • Ventimiglia Cellars - 2012 Châteauneuf Blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Viognier
  • Vin du Lac - 2011 Red Café Pinot Noir, 2010 LEHM Estate Pinot Noir, 2011 Lehmbecker Estate Pinot Noir
Lake ChelanValley businesses will be participating in a giveaway in conjunction with Spring Barrel Tasting. Guests can fill out an entry form at each business for the chance to win one of six prize packages, which include a personal wine cooler, gift certificates from local wineries and other exciting items from Lake Chelan stores. The contest runs from May 11-19, and winners will be drawn on Monday, May 20. Participating businesses include:
  • B C MacDonald’s
  • Bear Foods Market
  • Campbell’s Resort
  • Culinary Apple
  • Lake Chelan Sports
  • Local Myth Pizza
  • Main Street Gallery
  • Mill Bay Casino
  • Orchard Wood Ovens
  • Posh Boutique
  • Riverwalk Books
  • Swim World
Participating wineries include:
  • Atam Winery
  • C.R. Sandidge Winery
  • Cairdeas Winery
  • Chelan Estate Winery
  • Lake Chelan Winery
  • Mellisoni
  • Nefarious Cellars
  • Tildio Winery
  • Tsillan Cellars
  • Tunnel Hill Winery
Guests that extend their wine tasting visit can enjoy some of the wonderful recreation Lake Chelan has to offer, including golf, boating, mountain biking and hiking. Small-town charm abounds in Downtown Chelan and Manson, with shopping and dining options for every taste.
About Lake ChelanWineValley: Lake ChelanWineValley is a thriving community of 20 wineries that are attracting attention from winemakers, grape growers and wine enthusiasts. The Valley was recognized as an AVA in the Federal Register in April 2009. Located in the heart of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, Lake Chelan is a scenic destination three hours east of Seattle, situated on a pristine 55 mile lake. Throughout the year, Lake Chelan visitors tour vineyards, meet the winemakers, taste award-winning wines and dine at many winery restaurants – the perfect wine-lovers destination. Some of the varieties that flourish in the Valley include Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Viognier. Learn more at