Walla Walla, WA

This was our second visit to Yellowhawk. We had visited several times when it was Basel Cellars and really love the changes that have been made. The same investors who own Walla Walla Steak Company (one of my favorites) bought the 84-acre property in December 2020.

Yellowhawk offers what they are calling “Rustic Luxury Lodging”. Something we have not tried yet. This includes the Estate House with 8-bedrooms and 6-bathrooms as well as the one-bedroom Pool House. They have also begun offering their site as a wedding venue. They are also focusing on sparkling wines.

The grounds have always been spectacular and this visit was no different. You can choose to do your tasting indoors or outdoors as we did. They offer two tastings: Bubbles Tasting for $15 which includes the sparkling wines made with tank carbonation and Sparkling Tasting for $20, which includes the more traditional process of fermentation in the bottle.

Our server that day was Roxanne and she hit it out of the park. She was all the things that you would want someone pouring your wine to be: knowledgeable, professional, friendly and a bit funny. We had a great time.

The food was excellent. I had a club sandwich and fries – delicious. We also shared the caramelized onion dip served with pork rinds. I remembered it from our previous visit and it is so addictive. As good as the food was, the sparkling wines stole the show that day. Here is what we tasted:

Bubbles- White – Pinot gris & Riesling – bright and crisp. I purchased a couple. $30/bottle

Bubbles-Rose – spends 6 months in oak. I felt it had a strong oak aftertaste. $30/bottle

Bubbles – Red – This is a great date night bottle, maybe with kabobs.  $30/bottle

Sparkling White – We called this “sunshine in a bottles” very crisp and light.  $38/bottle

2021 Vineyard Select Blanc – I was impressed with the delicate bubbles.  $48/bottle

2021 Vineyard Select Rose – Absolutely a gorgeous color. Perfect wedding wine. $48/bottle

Yellowhawk is gorgeous and the wines are excellent. Definitely worth a visit. We also joined “Reveler’s Club” which includes two free tastings at Yellowhawk plus a 10% discount as well as monetary credits on your birthday and anniversary. This is a great value if you are in Walla Walla or the Seattle area as the club includes Aqua, Crossbuck Brewing, Walla Walla Steak Company, El Gaucho and T-Post Tavern

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