Submitted by Westport Winery
Westport Winery will pour three award-winning selections at the annual Capital Food & Wine Festival at Saint Martin’s University on Saturday, March 25, from noon to 9 p.m. Once again, the winery’s sparkling cranberry wine, Rapture of the Deep, earned a gold medal at this competition. Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts will be on-hand at the event to share this extraordinary selection.
Mermaid, a blend of Merlot grapes from world-famous Red Willow and Two Blondes Vineyards, earned a silver medal. Each of Westport’s thirty-four wines and hard ciders benefits a selected charity. This label makes contributions to the Relay For Life of Grays Harbor. When visiting the winery, it’s always inspiring to see the locally crafted sculptures in the garden commemorating each of the wines. In this case a life-size mermaid, by welder Lisa Humbyrd-Murphy, greets visitors near the front door of the tasting room.
The winery’s popular peach Riesling blend, called Peaches on the Beaches, won a bronze medal. This sculpture features two bathing beauties while the label, a watercolor by Darryl Easter, is a tanned torso. This wine benefits the Grays Harbor Breast Cancer Alliance. Ultimately, it is all about the delicious food, wine, and bon ami, which is why we always say “Cheers” at this fun festival.
In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. It was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine six times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine.
Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery’s second location, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.