We met Sean, our host, during the Friday Art Walk the night before our visit. He was serving Whidbey Island Vineyards' Franc and Island White to guests visiting an Art Show at one of Langley's art studios. We were very pleased to see that he was our host when we stopped by the winery the next day for tastings of their wines.
Upon arrival, we were greeted (stared at, actually) by the owner's cat, who was glad to give up guard duty as soon as Sean arrived to serve us. Having met and visited with Sean the night before, we immediately felt comfortable and welcome. While tasting the wines, we noticed the owner out in the vineyard working on some of the vines. Sean was eager to explain what the owner was doing, and what type of vines he was working with (only white grapes can be grown locally; the reds come from Eastern Washington).
We found two wines (the Franc and Island White) that we took home for Christmas dinner and one (Sangiovese) for a hostess gift. Somehow, we ended up with only one bottle (Rosette) for ourselves, so we're excited to know that WIV&W distributes to a couple of our local wineshops and grocery stores.
ANY of the family-owned Whidbey Island wineries is a great visit. The host is always happy to tell you about their wines, vineyard, and stories about how some of their blends came about. They'll even break out an extra something special for you to try. We find our visits to be a lot more friendly and informative than the large Wine Tasting Rooms.
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