In-Store Wine Tasting with Rick Small Wednesday 4:30-6:30
Meet Washington State Wine Legend Rick Small and try his winery's excellent portfolio this Wednesday from 4:30-6:30. "Woodward Canyon Winery, named for the canyon Owner Rick Small’s family farmed and where the Estate Vineyard is now located, was established in 1981 by Rick Small and his wife, Darcey Fugman-Small. Woodward Canyon was the second winery in the Walla Walla Valley, and the Smalls were instrumental in the process of obtaining federal approval of the Walla Walla Valley Appellation in 1984."
"Rick planted the first of forty-six acres of the Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard in 1976 on his family’s dryland wheat ranch. Rick’s roots run deep in the land that has been farmed by his family for three generations. The hillside vineyard now includes cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and barbera, as well as several experimental varieties. The Estate Vineyard is Certified Sustainable by LIVE and is Salmon Safe. The Smalls are also experimenting with organic and bio-dynamic farming practices at the Estate Vineyard. The winery also purchases grapes from select growers and is a partner in Champoux Vineyard which lies above the Columbia River in the Horse Heaven Hills appellation. Woodward Canyon has a strong belief that the quality of the wine starts in the vineyards; grapegrowing and winemaking after all, are still agriculture.