Welcome to the inaugural column of The Woodinville Winers. Our intent is to anonymously visit local wineries and tasting rooms and tell you about our experiences, the people we meet and of course, the wines that they pour.
Woodinville Wine Country started well before the City of Woodinville was incorporated. Back in 1976, Ste. Michelle vintners decided to open a French-style chateau in Woodinville and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle. One of the people instrumental in making Woodinville synonymous with wine country was Allen Shoup, who spent 20 years as CEO of our first Woodinville winery.
We thought it fitting to open this column with a visit to “The Library,” a tasting room that showcases the wines from Allen’s latest venture, Longshadows (www.longshadows.com). Longshadows is actually a joint venture of seven different wineries, each with winemakers from a different region of the world. The goal is to bring their expertise to Washington state and showcase what can be done with the grapes that are grown here.
You won’t see any signs for Longshadows or The Library from the road. It is a small room located in the Tourist District, between Apex Cellars and Village Wines (in the same retail building as the Mazatlan restaurant). We were quite impressed with the small but warm, inviting decor of the tasting room as we were greeted by Michelle who was doing the pouring that day. The Library actually looks and feels like a small private library, complete with comfortable chairs and even a fireplace.
On the day we visited, we got lucky, as it was almost Storytime. Storytime adds live music and food to the intimate library atmosphere. The musician was Myck, who was playing guitar and singing that day and was scheduled to sing the National Anthem for the Seahawks game the next day.
As we settled into our oversized chairs, we were served the first of seven wines that were being showcased that day – each from a different winery and winemaker. Each comes with a story about what part of the world the winemaker was from and what part of the state the grapes were from. While all of the wines we had were outstanding, two of them really stood out for us. The first was the 2007 Feather, a Cabernet Sauvignon by winemaker Randy Dunn who established his reputation at Caymus Winery, in Napa Valley.
Our other favorite was a Bordeaux-style blend called Pirouette by winemaker Philippe Melka, who has made wines in Australia, Italy, California and France.
Overall, our experience at The Library was excellent, along with the wines.
These highly acclaimed wines are mostly in the $50 to $55 range. The tasting fee was $15 and well worth it and is applied to any purchases that you make. The library is open from noon-5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday with Storytime on Fridays from 4-7.