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Vashon Winery

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Sat 2-5pm, April 1 to October 1 and special events throughout the year.

Vashon Winery is set in the middle of an old apple orchard down a lovely country lane just a couple of minutes driving north of the town of Vashon.


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Our Wines

  • Chasselas Dore

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Stainless steel barrel fermented, some lees contact, complete MLF, barrel-aged. This grape is grown on island and we compete for the grapes with disease problems, birds, and last year, raccoons. It is possibly the oldest surviving vineyard in western Washington, planted in 1950. And the Chasselas Dore is one of the oldest grapes known to mankind. It is light and delicate and reminds of a light Chardonnay but with hints of cooked rice. Perfect to serve with Puget Sound mussels.

      • Other
      • $15 - $20
      • Puget Sound
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Our Cabernets are Bordeaux-like with good acidity and elegant tannins. Sometimes whent he wine is young there is a slight astrigency, part and parcel of the wine's ability to age and to stand up to rich foods. Our reds are kept in contact with the grapeskins a bit longer than other wines for better color, more flavor, and I believe more benefits to the consumers: If its good for the wine, it is good for you.

      • Cabernet Sauvignon
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
  • Right Bank Red

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • A wonderful blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, much like the blends from the right bank of the Garonne River in Bordeaux. The softness and roundness of the Merlot is complemented by the linear nature of the Franc.

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
  • Merlot

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • We don't know how these things happen but we have become known for our Merlots, probably because they drink more like a Cabernet Sauvignon with good structure and intense fruit character.....but keeping that wonderful character right in the middle of the palate.

      • Merlot
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
  • Semillon

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • This is a complex wine combining fullness with defined fruit and leafy characteristics. There is a bit of breadiness from the small oak barrel fermentation and the lees contact. There is the roundness of the grape balanced by slightly vegetative acids and flavors. It is pear-like with lemon and jut a hint of tomato leaf, kind of fresh grass. We like this wine with black cod or halibut, served with diced tomato and cilantro. And, as a bonus, this wine can age forever; out-aging many other winery's red wines. It's true!

      • Semillon
      • $15 - $20
      • Columbia Valley
  • Tramp Harbor Red

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • This is an unbelievably good wine. It is blend of most of what we make; a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and the occasional Malbec. The wine is made in batches of four barrels using one barrel of the previous batch to keep continuity. Besides a blend of grapes, it is often a blend of vintages; whatever it takes to create a full complex wine.

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • $15 - $20
      • Columbia Valley
  • Reserve Red

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • This is a classic (for us) blend of one third each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Each grape adds a flavor and tactile taste that completes the whole wine. The wine is concentrated, not fat, not soft, but having a wonderful grip of acidity, and elegant tannins. This wine can be drunk now but it will last a life-time.

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • $20 - $30
      • Columbia Valley
  • Pinot Noir

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Vashon Island-grown. Young vines produced a fabulous wine in 2006 and a more difficult wine in 2008. It is lighter than Oregon Pinot Noirs but the first vintage, 2006, was really remarkably European because it was lighter with perfect acidity. Lots of cherry-raspberry fruit, good acidity to balance the delicate but definite fruitiness on the palate with a nice full mouthfeel; all of that defining a good Pinot Noir. We look forward to this grape maturing and producing richer, fuller wines.

      • Pinot Noir
      • $30 - $50
      • Puget Sound
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Wines of interest: 2006 Chasselas Dore, made from Vashon Island-grown grapes. Dry and soft, perfect with mussels cooked in cider; 2004 Right Bank Red, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot that emulates the wines of St. Emilion on the right bank of the Gironde River.

Also, check out vashonwineryjournal.com, an onging blog that describes the pain and joy of owning a small independent winery.