We appreciate your editorial coverage of the Walla Walla wineries’ contributions to the Seattle Children’s Hospital uncompensated care program (“Local wineries’ support of Seattle Children’s Hospital amazing”). It really shines a spotlight on one of the many great things the wineries have done (and continue to do) to give back to their community.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of the federally recognized Walla Walla Valley as an American Viticultural Area.
As a winemaker here in the Valley, I often think back about what it must have been like in 1984 to start a winery in what was an afterthought (or no thought at all) in the world of wine.
The pioneering spirit certainly ran deep in Gary and Nancy Figgins, Rick and Darcey Small, Baker and Jean Ferguson, Casey and Vickie McClellen and the many others who laid the foundation for what myself and my fellow wine industry peers have tried to help build on.
And I also think about what this town would look like if the wine business were not here. We would not have the worldclass restaurants we have today, nor the nationally recognized art scene, and certainly not the accommodations like the Marcus Whitman Hotel or the many bed-and-breakfasts.
The fact is that the wine industry has given this Valley many of the things we love about Walla Walla, and has also helped to direct national attention to our wonderful downtown Main Street, which has received numerous accolades over the past few years, including best Main Street in America in Sunset Magazine.
To mark this occasion, the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is hosting a 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Gesa Power House Theatre on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear from the Valley’s wine industry founders about how it all got started, and enjoy an evening of wine, hours d’oeurves and celebration.
This is the perfect time for the locals to learn a little more about the history of their Valley and the personalities that helped shape our wonderful region!
I know I would not be here in Walla Walla were it not for them.
Sleight of Hand Cellars