Great Northwest Wine: Walla Faces is “Excellent”!

It’s always an honor to receive good reviews, whether for our hotels or our wine. This spring, Walla Faces won the TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row, and today, we’re excited to share two excellent reviews of our wine from Great Northwest Wine!

Great Northwest Wine is an online magazine about wine in the Pacific Northwest, featuring industry tidbits, news about wine, and wine reviews. The project of Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue, two seasoned journalists and wine writers, it updates daily with new content, and is a must-read website for wine enthusiasts, particularly those in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

We sent Great Northwest Wine two samples of our wine–a bottle of the 2012 Tempranillo and a bottle of the 2012 Estate Syrah. The reviews, we’re happy to say, were sparkling.

2012 Syrah and 2012 Tempranillo

The review of the 2012 Tempranillo compliments the choice of fruit–grapes from the “stellar” Stone Tree Vineyard in Wahluke Slope, WA. It describes the wine’s dark fruit flavors and the “splash of cola and creaminess” before settling on a final rating: “Excellent.” Similarly, the review of the 2012 Estate Syrah describes its aromas as “enticing” and its entry and finish as “rich”, and also rates the wine as “Excellent.”

We’re very honored to receive such praise, and want to congratulate co-winemakers Rick Johnson and Victor de la Luz, as well as consulting winemaker Chris Camarda, for a job superbly done!

An Honor for Walla Faces

Tripadvisor certifcateWalla Faces Inns at Historic Downtown and Walla Faces Inns at the Vineyard have been honored with the esteemed TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an accolade that recognizes businesses for their exceptional hospitality.  Only 10 percent of the businesses on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, receive this award, which is offered every year.  The award-winning properties range from one room bed-and-breakfasts to enormous hotels with over 6,000 rooms.

TripAdvisor calls the awards a “way of acknowledging the great work that many properties are doing, and helping them to stand out from their competition.”

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must be listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months and, during this time, maintain an overall rating of at least 4 out of 5. The award criteria also take into account the volume of customer reviews about a particular property.  Both locations have admirable ratings of 4.5 stars.

Reviewers who stayed at the Historic Downtown location rave about the sophisticated décor of the Suites and the approachability of the Inn owners, who are always willing to recommend restaurants and attractions.  Guests who experienced the Vineyard are equally enthusiastic, praising the beautiful, relaxing setting.

One reviewer recalls a stay several years later, noting fondly that “The memories are still as vivid as the day I left… it felt as if I were staying in a friend’s apartment.”

Another reviewer enthusiastically says of the Vineyard “don’t stay anywhere else in Walla Walla!”

Debbie Johnson, co-owner of Walla Faces, thanks her loyal customers for their support and for their role in creating the warm, familial atmosphere that makes Walla Faces special.   She says that many people who stay at the Inns are return customers.  “We have customers who have become friends…it’s like having people stay at your house.”

Taking Home the Gold!

The Dallas Wine Competition is a celebrated annual event that honors the best wines available, including entries from both the United States and worldwide. With judges that included wine writers, wine instructors, winemakers, master sommeliers and more, this prestigious group of wine experts were able to pick out the true gems of the worldwide wine industry.

Walla Faces is proud to announce that, out of 2,704 entries representing 25 states and sixteen countries, the Walla Faces Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the select few wines to win a gold medal, the highest honor.

2008 Matthew

2008 Matthew

The Walla Faces Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the Matthew, is a free run wine with grapes exclusively from the Walla Faces Estate Vineyard. Free run wines are wines made from both the natural breakdown of the grapes during primary fermentation and from the pressure of the grapes pressing down on each other. This allows the wine to generate a greater sophistication, a more elegant mouthfeel, and a smoother flavor. In addition, a free run wine will have more aging potential than a pressed wine.

The Walla Faces Reserve Cab is a fruit-forward wine with a lustrous blackberry bouquet. Its polished midpalate unfolds on the tongue exquisitely, with a fully body and perfect balance. The grapes from this wine are local, growing on the rich volcanic ash that makes the Walla Walla Valley the ideal place for growing Cabernet grapes.

This Matthew is the most exclusive wine offered by Walla Faces. We only made 176 cases. Because it is so special, it is usually only available to Walla Faces wine club members. However, in celebration of our spring release this year, it will be available to everyone for a limited time in May!