Winemaker Dan Wampfler attends to guests at Dunham Cellar’s Holiday Barrel Tasting on Saturday. Wamplfer and assistant winemaker Rob Campisi used a pressurized spigot to serve wine from two 59-gallon barrels of syrah and merlot.
Photo by Alfred Diaz.
WALLA WALLA — The three-day Holiday Barrel Tasting weekend finishes today, marking the end of a season and a welcomed taste of what’s to come.
“For us, it is as much of a celebration of the end of the harvest as it is a celebration of the new wines coming next year,” wine maker Dan Wampfler of Dunham Cellars said.
On Saturday afternoon, close to 70 people were in the Dunham Cellars tasting room and storage facility, which was festooned with decoration that Wampfler said took a week to set up.
Many wineries bring out barrels of soon-to-be-bottled wine and allow guests to taste them, hence the name of the event.
For Wampfler and assistant wine maker Rob Campisi, two 59-gallon barrels of their Lewis Vineyard Syrah and Merlot wines were set up for guests.
Wineries also offer food and entertainment for guests through the weekend, as well as extending their hours to accommodate both local and out-of-town participants.
Holiday Barrel Tasting is the third and last big wine-selling weekend of the year.