Those of you who are connected to me on Facebook have already seen that last week brought some big news for me in my wine industry journey. Last week I started working for Alexandria Nicole Cellars, one of the wineries that made me want to move to Washington in the first place. My dream of working in a multi-faceted role with a winery that I love is now a reality. I will be working in a variety of different roles, including a large dose of marketing and social media, some tasting room work, and possibly even getting my hands purple with some cellar work.
For those of you who are not familiar with Alexandria Nicole Cellars, or ANC for short, they are a Washington winery with tasting room locations in Prosser and in Woodinville. The production facility and Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard is located in the Horse Heaven Hills near Patterson. They are a boutique winery with around 10,000 cases a year of production. My history with the winery goes back to the 2010 Wine Bloggers’ Conference, where I tasted a couple of their wines and was instantly hooked. I quickly found my way to their tasting room after moving to Washington, and have continued to be one of my favorite wineries in the state. Loving the wines as I do, I was thrilled beyond words to have the opportunity to work with them, and I am very excited about the projects that we have in the works right now.
As far as the wines go, the majority are made from our estate vineyards. Destiny Ridge Vineyard has around 260 acres of grapes planted, with an incredible array of different varieties being represented. The winery produces a number of fantastic wines from Rhône varieties, including Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. They also make some blockbuster Bordeaux wines, including a blend called Destiny that is one of the nicest Bourdeaux blends that I have had in the state.
I look forward to what the future has in store for me at ANC. I am working with some fantastic people there, which makes the gig that much sweeter. I will continue to post occasional things related to the work that I am doing at ANC, but I will not be using Vinotology to shill wine. There are some fun things that I will be in the middle of that can give you some insight into the workings of a Washington winery. I will be attending Taste Washington with Alexandria Nicole Cellars at the end of the month, and I hope to see many of my WA Wine friends there.