This week, at happy hour (and a half), join us for women-made wines from the great state of Washington! washingtonwine.org
We'll be featuring wines from:
- Damsel Cellars Winemaker: Mari Womack
- Forgeron Cellars Winemaker: Marie-Eve Gilla
- Vital Wines Winemaker: Ashley Trout
About Damsel Cellars
Not all Damsels are in distress.
In fact, our Damsel has things pretty well in hand. Winemaker and owner, Mari Womack began her love affair with wine while working in Seattle restaurants. She caught the wine bug early when food and wine pairings captured her heart and her imagination. In 2010, she began working in nearby Woodinville tasting rooms, including Obelisco Estate and volunteering at Baer Winery during harvest. Becoming a part of the Woodinville wine community fostered her enthusiasm for winemaking and encouraged her to dream big.
Through these efforts, Mari was able to meet several winemakers in Woodinville and became the assistant winemaker at Darby Winery in 2011. Now working on vintage number six, her wines continue to impress and she's amassing a loyal following.
It is with pride and passion that Mari introduces her wines to you. The romance, ritual and history of wine continues to motivate and inspire her. Please visit her in our Woodinville tasting room and rescue a bottle of your own!
About Forgeron Cellars
When Forgeron opened in 2001, as the 23rd winery in Walla Walla, Washington, two things defined us: our decision to set down roots in downtown Walla Walla; and winemaker, Marie-Eve Gilla’s French roots, and viticulture and oenology training in Burgundy.
It was serendipitous that our new home was on the site of a turn-of-the-Century blacksmith shop. Blacksmiths are serious artisans. Able to create such beauty from ferrous metal, Blacksmiths require great skill and patience, but also great passion. The name Forgeron [FOR-juh-ron] is the French term for “blacksmith”, skilled artisans who work with their hands in an age-old tradition.
About Vital Wines
Vital Wines produces wines that complete a circle. All proceeds go to the SOS Clinic, a free, non-profit health care clinic in the Walla Walla area dedicated to helping people get the healthcare that they both need and deserve with no questions asked. Winemaking and vineyard work is both physical and seasonal, making it a prime industry for this kind of care. For us at Vital it is not only our mission to close this loop, but also our pleasure. Those that provide us with beautiful wines throughout the Walla Walla valley can get better and free healthcare and those of us who bring these wines home can do so with pleasure on the palate and the soul.