SuLei Cellars owners have picked up the keys — and a few paint rollers — for their new tasting room space downtown.
Owners Tanya Woodley and Elaine Jomwe are shooting for a mid-February opening at 17 N. Second Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Broken Chair Cellars. The women have been working on a few remodeling touches. A grand opening celebration is in the works, too, Woodley said.
The new space at the gateway to downtown Walla Walla marks a return for the tasting room to Second Avenue. SuLei previously offered tastings on the south side of Second in a residential/commercial space across from the Eagles. The winery itself is on Beet Road.
Winemaker Woodley is a graduate of the Walla Walla Community College Enology & Viticulture program. Last year she was recognized during Entwine as one of the 2013 Distinguished Enology & Viticulture Graduates.
In addition to the wines of SuLei, Woodley and Jomwe also produce Roller Girl Wines, reflecting their passion for roller derby. Jomwe plays for the Walla Walla Sweets Rollergirls. The focus of the second label is approachable, reasonably priced wine for any occasion.
Once the new space on Second opens, hours will be 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays with additional seasonal hours to be announced. For more details visit suleicellars.com or rollergirlwines.com.