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!

Certified Excellence, Two Years in a Row!

For the second year in a row, Walla Faces has been honored with the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Just like last year, both hotel locations, the Walla Faces Inns at Historic Downtown and the Walla Faces Inns at the Vineyard, are recipients of this prestigious award!

2014 Certificate of Excellence

Both the Walla Faces Inns at the Vineyard and the Walla Faces Inns at Historic Downtown are winners of the TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence!

TripAdvisor is the world’s top travel site, offering information about and reviews of hotels, restaurants, and attractions literally all over the world. The Certificate of Excellence is based on traveler reviews and goes only to the top ten percent of businesses listed on the website. Additional criteria include an overall rating of at least 4 out of 5 over a twelve-month period, and the volume of reviews about a particular establishment. TripAdvisor places value on the personal experiences of visitors over size, scope, or fame of an establishment, and awards the Certificate to everything from tiny bed and breakfasts to gigantic hotels, and everything in between—if their reviews are good enough!

This means we owe all of you who have stayed with us and taken the time to write a rating or review our deepest gratitude. Both locations have five-star average ratings!

Reviews of the Inns at the Vineyard call it “serene” and “peaceful,” praising the location, service, and “over the top extras” like the hot tub, fireplace, and wine and chocolates in each suite.  At the Inns at Historic Downtown, visitors welcome the stylish rooms and “refreshing attention to detail.” Many of you said it was like a home away from home. One traveler writes, “Walla Faces is perfect for our family when in Walla Walla visiting our son at Whitman. We can bring our dog, cook family meals, relax, and the whole family is comfortable! So grateful for this cozy place, that has everything we need!” Another reviewer from this spring said “I literally could have moved in!” At both locations, reviews also consistently mention how much they appreciate the “slick” and “seamless” keypad check-in system.

Co-owner Debbie Johnson says, “We couldn’t have earned this award without our amazing guests. We owe so much to everyone who’s taken the time to write reviews on TripAdvisor… thank you!”

We are always happy to deliver top-class experiences for our guests, and are honored and humbled to receive this recognition for it.

See for yourself why we earned this award—book a room today.

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!