This month is Taste Washington Wine Month, a month to celebrate (and sample) the award-winning wines of Washington State. It’s a month which culminates in the form of the annual Washington wine lover’s event, Taste Washington. This year, Taste Washington takes place over four days, from March 23 until March 26, 2017. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, it’s promising to have its biggest year yet, with some 300 wineries and literally dozens of restaurants, plus top national chefs and more.

Naturally, wines sold in Woodinville are featured prominently at this annual event.

Wines like those from Tertulia Cellars of Walla Walla, Washington.

“Tertulia is a Spanish/Portuguese word that means a gathering or circling of friends,” stated Mark Castaldi, General Manager of Tertulia Cellars, in a recent telephone interview. “Wine is a way to bring people together; it expresses the concept of expanding one’s circle of friends and growing it.”

The methods used by Tertulia Cellars are traditional, Old World winemaking styles brought to Washington State, using varietals that are somewhat unique to this region – varietals such as Carménère, Marsanne, Viognier, and Tempranillo. With tasting rooms first located in both Walla Walla, Washington and Dundee, Oregon, this past January 4, 2017, Tertulia Cellars opened up its beautiful new tasting room in Woodinville’s Gateway District, next to the new Hampton Inn & Suites – a strategic move that follows a growing trend by many wineries located within the state and east of the Cascades.

For the comradery and support among Washington wineries and the organizations that support them remain strong. On that topic, Tertulia’s General Manager also had this to say:

“For us, Washington wines definitely enjoy a strong presence in the Pacific Northwest. There’s a loyal following by consumers. We ourselves know that it’s important to be participants with both the state and local agencies. So, along those lines, we are both active members and participants of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and the Washington Wine Commission. To us, being in those organizations is not only a way for us to promote our own brands, but also a way to promote the industry as a whole.”

Well said … hope to see you at Taste Washington!