Westport Winery will host its annual Crush Me, Squeeze Me, Make Me Wine at the Beach Festival on Sunday, October 25 from noon to 4 p.m. As is the tradition the winery will provide barrels of grapes for guests of all ages to stomp with their bare feet as an example of historic winemaking.
To keep the festivities in the beach theme, Hawaiian musician Elias Kauhane will be playing throughout the afternoon along with guest hula dancers, including winery co-owner Kim Roberts. Roberts learned hula as part of the research for her third Maui murder mystery, Hamau Side.
Roberts will be autographing copies of Hamau Side during the event, along with the first two books in the series, Luna Sea and Poi Son. All of these books are also available on Kindle.
The most recent vintages of Pineapple Express—a pineapple Riesling wine--and Shiver Me Timbers—a passionfruit, orange, guava Riesling--will be favorites for this event.
This event is free to attend and open to all ages. Aloha shirts and muu muus are optional as guests are encouraged to join the party.
The Backstage Winemaker’s Tour with Director of Winemaking and COO Dana Roberts will begin at 1 p.m. (as it does every Saturday and Sunday). This is the best time of year to join Dana in the cellar as the most exciting part of production is in full swing.
The Roberts family is harvesting about 45 tons of grapes this vintage from the Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley and Horse Heaven Hills AVAs. Carrie Roberts, the company’s CFO, and her brother Dana, as truck drivers, will have made almost 20 trips to Eastern Washington since early August transporting the fruit to the coastal winery. Their close collaborations with Red Willow, Connor-Lee, Olsen Bros, and Discovery Vineyards, have helped secure their status as an award-winning winery.
When you visit Westport Winery Garden Resort be sure to explore the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why four times this has been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination.