Zerba Cellars wins regional award

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- A Walla Walla Valley winery has been named the Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year.

Zerba Cellars in Milton-Freewater was honored by Wine Press Northwest in its spring issue, which came out this week.

Wine Press Northwest, a quarterly consumer magazine, is owned by the Tri-City Herald.

The magazine cited Zerba winemaker Doug Nierman's high-quality red wines for the award, including its merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon and tempranillo.

The magazine also noted Zerba has three locations in two states, giving the 7,500-case winery broad reach in Oregon and Washington.

In addition to its Milton-Freewater location, Zerba also has satellite tasting rooms in Woodinville and the Willamette Valley town of Dundee, Ore.

Zerba, which launched in 2002, is owned by Cecil and Marilyn Zerba, two Walla Walla Valley natives who owned a plant nursery and produce business prior to planting vineyards and launching the winery.

The magazine also honored Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser as its Washington Winery of the Year.

The winery owns a large vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills and has a second tasting room in Woodinville.

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