Washington’s newest tasting rooms
written by Kevin Max
With the wine industry’s nearly $5 billion impact on Washington’s economy, it’s no surprise that wineries are constantly working to make their products more accessible to visitors. Several wineries around the state are in the process of adding new tasting rooms that will bring their wines to the people of places like Spokane and Sunnyside.
One of Washington’s largest family-owned wineries, is breaking ground on a Spokane tasting room, its first outside of its Goldendale site along the Columbia River. A new 5,000-square-foot tasting room in Kendall Yards, on the north bank of the Spokane River in downtown Spokane, is expected to open this fall.
Sunnyside is trending in new tasting rooms. Co Dinn Cellars opens a new tasting room and barrel storage this month in a 1930 city well building. Owner Co Dinn describes it as a brick industrial deco building with a massive crane inside that spans the room. He drove past that boarded-up building for many years before putting together a plan with the Port of Sunnyside to refurbish it. “I wanted to make a winery in Sunnyside, and they agreed to it,” Dinn said.
Also in Sunnyside, venerable Côte Bonneville and DuBrul Vineyards took up the task of renovating a 1911 downtown train station to open its handsome new tasting room. The former Union Pacific station is now one of Washington’s best stops again.