When first walking into the tasting room you get the feel of a different era. They did a great job turning the basement of this old schoolhouse into a warm and inviting place to taste wine.
Everyone was upbeat and we were warmly greeted as we entered. Along the back wall of the tasting room is a rock wall with a surprise. The surprise is that it contains a secret sliding door, which connects to a special wine club room with another tasting bar and a kitchen. This is the room where special events are held (every Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. for wine club members) and also serves as a place for wine club members to congregate. What a clever addition to this quaint tasting room.
In tasting wines it is always a bonus when expectations are exceeded. We had the opportunity to try five different wines. Being the white wine snobs that we are, we were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed the Viognier which seemed like the perfect wine with a light meal or on a warm summer evening. The other wines we tasted were Shepard’s, Quarry Butte, Malbec and the 2008 Destiny. All of them were enjoyable, so much so that we even had to buy a bottle.
Derrick, who did the pouring, was informative and offered insight about the wines. His knowledge about the winery and the people who work there to produce these fine wines added perspective to the tasting.
We asked Derrick about one of his favorite things about working in the winery and he said, “you get to meet fun people” and “no one gets mad at you.” How many of us can say that about our jobs?
The winery itself is in Paterson, Washington at the Destiny Ridge Estate high on a butte near the Columbia River. One of the more impressive accolades that the winery has earned is that they were selected as the 2011 Washington Winery of the Year in the Spring 2011 edition of Wine Press Northwest.
Our overall experience with Alexandria Nicole was outstanding as they delivered on the three most important things that make wine tasting fun. They have a great tasting room, staffed with really friendly people and pour great wine. The tasting is $10 which is applied to any wine purchase. The wines we tasted were in the $20-$40 range. Tasting room hours are from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Thursday to Monday.