Sunday, April 9, 2017

Comforts of Whidbey - Langley, Whidbey Island, WA

There's just one word for this winery and the family that owns it - charming!

How did we find it so tucked away on Whidbey Island? Zach Comfort - the wine guy we met at the Patterson Cellars Tasting Room - his parents, Carl and Rita, own Comforts of Whidbey, and Zach grew up working at his family's winery.

Their newly-built tasting room has space for special events and houses the winery's bed and breakfast upstairs. The winery itself is located on the bottom floor of this building.

Here's the view from the balcony of the tasting room - so peaceful and beautiful. And CHARMING!

Tastings are $6 each and the average bottle costs $20. There's a little bar in the tasting room that can fit around 12 to 15 people standing up.

This winery definitely excels in its white wines. Most of them are blends that are closely related or crosses of Gewürztraminer and other whites.

This winery doesn't produce memorable red wines. I don't think that the climate and terrain are especially favorable to these red varietals. Carl said that they used to only offer white wines but got tired of folks turning away from their tasting room upon hearing "we only have white wines." I get it. This isn't their strong point and they know it.

According to the winery's website, this Siegerrebe "has distinct floral characteristics and is low in acid and very fragrant. The wine has been finished dry to complement spicier dishes. We have found it pairs particularly well with hot curries and spicy Italian dishes. Siegerrebe was created as a varietal in the 1920’s by crossing the grape varieties Gewürztraminer and Madeleine Angevine. This grape variety grows particularly well in the cool climate of the Puget Sound AVA." We liked it so much we purchased a bottle of it for $20.

If you're in the mood for a friendly, family-owned winery that's a little off the beaten path, don't miss Comforts of Whidbey!

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