Westport Winery’s Bordello Blonde Wins Best of Class

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John Bookwalter (Dana's mentor), Dana Roberts, and Red Willow's Mike Sauer in the vineyard. Photo courtesy: Wesport Winery

Submitted by Westport Winery

Westport Winery’s Bordello Blonde earned a score of 95-points, a double gold medal, and best of class at the West Coast Wine Competition. Held in Santa Rose, California, on February 5 and 6, this event is held concurrently with the East Coast Wine Competition. There were 1100 wines entered in this international competition with the winners facing off in the East Meets West Challenge.

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Photo courtesy: Wesport Winery

Winemaker Dana Roberts said, “My job is to honor the grapes and find out what they want to be, how they can best be expressed.” The grapes for Bordello Blonde were grown at Red Willow Vineyard, one of Washington State’s most acclaimed farms owned by Mike and Karen Sauer and their family. “We are fortunate to have long-term relationships with other families in this industry who with us strive to craft top-tier wines to represent our state,” Roberts said.

A portion of the proceeds from each of Westport’s wines are donated to local charitable organizations. The Aberdeen Museum of History is the designated recipient from this wine. Additionally, each is commemorated by a sculpture by a local artist in the winery’s 15-acre display garden. Sherryl Jackson is the artist who create the ephemeral fairy for this wine in the four-tier Meditation Garden. And each wine has a unique label. Bordello features an original drawing by winery co-founder Kim Roberts.

Ancient Mariner, a pear Riesling blend, also earned a gold medal at this competition. Like Bordello it features grapes from Red Willow Vineyard. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Coastal Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA). The label was painted by Blain Roberts surf partner Darryl Easter.

Westport has won over 500 medals from international competitions in their ten-year history. “With our remote location and unique approach to winemaking we want to make sure that our guests know they are getting top quality wines,” Roberts stated as the reason the team works so hard to garner this recognition. “Our winery is that place in the middle of nowhere that people learn about through word of mouth. My family has created a destination that is unlike any other in the region.”

Westport Winery Seaside just received the Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.

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John Bookwalter (Dana’s mentor), Dana Roberts, and Red Willow’s Mike Sauer in the vineyard. Photo courtesy: Wesport Winery

In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.

In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11am to 6pm. For more information on the Oregon operation guests can visit their website at www.westportwinery.com. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.

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