Taste Washington is an annual event, that brings the top winemakers from the state into Seattle to celebrate the diversity and depth of the young (the industry only really started there 40 years ago) but increasingly renowned grape growing landscape. Because the growing regions are so far flung, it’s an awesome opportunity to meet and talk to many producers all at once.


Rick Smalls, Woodward Canyon, Nelms Road
Rick Smalls’ family has been farming in Washington for several generations. While he still keeps a massive garden, full of organic heirloom tomatoes and potatoes, most of his agricultural work is in his vineyards. He experiments with lots of grapes, but his emphasis is on Bordeaux-style wines (under the Woodward Canyon and Nelms Road labels) at several price points, each of which bridge the gap between quality and value.

Taste Washington is an annual event, that brings the top winemakers from the state into Seattle to celebrate the diversity and depth of the young (the industry only really started there 40 years ago) but increasingly renowned grape growing landscape. Because the growing regions are so far flung, it’s an awesome opportunity to meet and talk to many producers all at once.


Rick Smalls, Woodward Canyon, Nelms Road
Rick Smalls’ family has been farming in Washington for several generations. While he still keeps a massive garden, full of organic heirloom tomatoes and potatoes, most of his agricultural work is in his vineyards. He experiments with lots of grapes, but his emphasis is on Bordeaux-style wines (under the Woodward Canyon and Nelms Road labels) at several price points, each of which bridge the gap between quality and value.