Submitted by Westport Winery
Westport Winery’s first varietal Malbec named True Blue earned a double gold medal and the Best of Class award at the 2019 Women’s International Wine Competition held on June 11 and 12 in Santa Rose, California. There were over 1000 wines entered in this event with only 45 best of class designations.
The grapes winemaker Dana Roberts used to create this special vintage were picked at Joe Hattrup’s Sugarloaf Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. True Blue was released in April but was sold out by June. The Roberts family who own the winery have increased the volume of their Malbec harvest in the future. The next vintage of True Blue will be released in May of 2020.
In addition to Malbec Hattrup Farms is where the winery also harvests Riesling, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Sirah.
The wine features an original watercolor by Darryl Easter of a blue 1967 Ford Fairlane which is the car Blain Roberts moved to Maui in 1974. At the time there was a housing shortage in the islands, so he shipped this car since it was big enough to sleep in. This was one many sacrifices and compromises he made that allowed him to grow his business, Lahaina Divers, into the largest charter scuba diving enterprise in Hawaii. That business’ success allowed him to launch Westport Winery in 2008 with his family.
Westport Winery Seaside received the 2019 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.
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. To book Westport Winery Seaside Retreat (a three, king suite vacation rental) go to https://abnb.me/wm8iVGkHCT.
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 for brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.