The last few months have seen some exciting developments in the local wine scene here in Eastern Washington. There have been several wineries that have opened tasting rooms here in the Tri-Cities, including Thomas O’Neil Cellars, Kitzke Cellars, and Hamilton Cellars. Add to this mix the addition of some great new restaurants cropping up, such as Picazo Restaurant and Bar and TC Prime Steakhouse, and things are really starting to look up for the area. The most recent addition to the area is a well known name in the Washington wine industry, Robert Smasne.

Robert Smasne is one of Washington’s premier winemakers. In addition to his own labels, Smasne is the main winemaker or a consultant with a number of other wineries around the state. Although he originally hails from this side of the state, his only tasting room has been in Woodinville for a few years now. The grand opening of his new tasting room in the Southridge area of Kennewick this weekend marks his return to the East Side.

The new tasting room features the Smasne Cellars label, as well as Robert Smasne’s Farm Boy, Farm Girl, ½ Ass, Alma Terra, Teres and the Robert O. Smasne Reserve labels. The wines cover a wide range of prices, from wines in the $15 range all the way up to his $110 Reserve.

With the addition of the new tasting room, Southridge is becoming a must stop area of the Tri-Cities food and wine community. Smasne joins Anelare Winery in the area, as well as Picazo Restaurant and Bar and Bob’s Burgers and Brews.

The new tasting room is located at 3617 Plaza Way, Suite A in Southridge Village in Kennewick.