Holiday in Centralia

Barrel Tasting

by Lauren Braden on April 24, 2009

in Tasting Cascadia

There’s nothing quite like a glass of good rosé on a warm spring day. Especially if it’s been kept nice and cool by the thick walls of an oak barrel.


Blackwood Canyon is a unique winery on Red Mountain, near Washington’s Tri-Cities. (This winery has now closed.) By the way, a visit there is like no other tasting room experience you’ll ever have, but more on that another time (I promise!). That’s the winemaker, M. Taylor Moore, pouring a taste for some nice folks from Olympia. We pretty much spent the day together (yes, a tasting at Blackwood Canyon takes the better part of a perfect afternoon). The wine enjoyed in the photo is Rincon Point Rosé, which had not even finished fermenting, siphoned straight out of the barrel. Delightful.

See comment below, this winery has now closed.


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marina k. villatoro April 24, 2009 at 10:46 am

I love all tastings especially when they are done in the place of origin. That looks like so much fun and even educational;-)
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Lorraine April 24, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Looks like a relaxing way to spend an afternoon! It’s a fun shot with the trees in the background.


jen April 25, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Very exciting! We love to go wine tasting and we always try to find a winery during our travels!


Dominique April 28, 2009 at 5:09 pm

I’ve never gone to a tasting outside like that. Looks like a lot of fun!


Kristi April 10, 2013 at 9:05 am

This memorable winemaker, Mike Moore passed away a year ago or so.
His winery has remained closed.

I will forever have good stories to tell from a few of my visits to Blackwood Canyon.


Lauren Braden April 10, 2013 at 9:25 am

Kristi, thanks for letting us know. We, too, will always remember our visit there and cherish the experience of the wine Mike shared with us. It was the most memorable, unique wine tasting experience we’ve ever had, without question.


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