DavenLore Winery – Prosser, WA

It’s always a pleasure chatting with Gordon Taylor of DavenLore Winery. He and his wife Joan Davenport, affectionately known as “Dr. Dirt”, always manage to produce  a great variety of new releases year after year. In this sement, Gordon and I taste the new Port (ok Syrah Forte if we must) right out of the barrel. It is the first Port to be made with grapes from the new Snipes Mt. AVA. What a treat! We also taste his new Durif, also known as Petit Syrah in some parts of the world.

Gordan also shows us how the wax capsule is put on the bottles of Port.

Heaven’s Cave ~ Make the Dash Count

What an honor to be able to speak to April and learn more about what they do at Heaven’s Cave. I know it sounds hard to believe, but they are actually a non-profit foundation that donates all their revenue (after operating expenses and taxes) to charities that serve at-risk youth. How cool is that! And  the board of directors are actually middle school and high school kids who make all the decisions about how the money is distributed, with some adult supervision. Click here to learn more about the Make the Dash Count Foundation.

They are also having a big fundraising event over Memorial Day weekend in Prosser, WA next to the winery. Click here to learn more about the events associated with the 5th Annual Dash Race for the Kids.

Elegante Cellars – Walla Walla, WA

Elegante Cellars in Walla Walla, may just capture a large share of a small niche in the wine world. They make a strawberry wine that is top notch! Winemaker Doug Simmons, a retired high school chemistry teacher, worked summers at Klicker Strawberries for 49 years and thought it would be interesting to try his hand at making a strawberry wine – and he has succeeded in a big way!

They also make a number of red wines (my favorite was the Sangiovese) and a remarkable Gerwurtztraminer, made in the more traditional German style, much drier and less sweet than we have become used to here.

Elegante Cellars
1251 Studebaker Dr.
Walla Walla, WA  99362
United States of America

509-522-0729 or