Westport Winery’s rosé of Sangiovese, Message In A Bottle, earned an “Outstanding” rating in the Fall Issue of Wine Press Northwest. Within this evaluation of Italian red wines from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia Message was ranked as the number two wine in the region.
Winemaker Dana Roberts attributes much of his success with this wine to the Sauer family who own Red Willow Vineyard. “Mike Sauer is a pioneer in the Washington State wine industry. His attention to detail and love of the land shows in every varietal we harvest. Plus, we have a great friendship with his family. Top quality grapes and relationship is why about 60% of our grapes come from Red Willow.”
Wine Press Northwest’s review of Message In A Bottle said, “The pink wine crafted using Grosso clone fruit is stunningly beautiful with amazing florals of rose petal and violets joined by a theme of white strawberry, pink raspberry and peach fuzz. There’s a lick of Jolly Rancher watermelon candy in the midpalate, yet bright acidity provides for a clean finish to pair with Crab Louise. Sales of this wine help support the Westport Search Dogs of Washington.”
This wine features a label painted by Roberts family friend and watercolorist Darryl Easter. The sculpture commemorating this wine was created by Abe Singer of Montesano.
The Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort was voted #2 winery restaurant in the nation in 2017 by USA Today. In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. It was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine seven times. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine.
Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The resort (including the restaurant, bakery, plant nursery and 15-acre display garden) is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Westport Winery’s second store, TASTING @ Cannon Beach, is located at 255 N. Hemlock. The Oregon tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.