Spring Release 2019 is Almost Here!

A Great Time of Year to Visit Walla Walla

Rosé wines for Spring Release Weekend in Walla Walla

Rosé wines for Spring Release Weekend in Walla Walla

The first weekend in May marks Spring Release Weekend in Walla Walla—an annual wine event that attracts visitors from far & wide. You’ll find rolling green hills and flowers blooming, making this a beautiful time of year to visit Walla Walla. The first weekend in May also marks the start of our Farmer’s Market, held in downtown Walla Walla every Saturday through the Fall. But the best part of Spring Release Weekend is the wine!

This is the time of year that wineries release their new wines—whether it be their new 2018 vintage of white wine, or a 2017 aged red wine that they just bottled. Every winery in the Valley has new wines to show off, and this is the weekend they do it. Some wineries release their new wines a month earlier, in April, to include them in Wine Club shipments, giving their Wine Club insiders a sneak preview before the general public gets access to them. But no matter which winery you visit, they will all have new wines for you to taste.

My favorite thing about Spring Release Weekend is the new rosé wines that are coming out. As I’m sure you’re well aware, the rosé of today is not your great Aunt’s white Zinfandel of yesteryear. If you haven’t tried these new wines—they are amazing! Crisp acidity, beautiful color, and mouth-watering flavors will make you think that summer has arrived. (Even though we technically have over 1.5 months to go, but who’s counting?) While it’s common to see rosé wines made from Walla Walla Cabernet Franc, I’ve also seen them made from Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, and even Cabernet Sauvignon. What’s your favorite rosé grape?

Our tours are almost all booked for Spring Release, but it’s never too late to start planning your tour for Fall Release Weekend 2019: the first weekend in November. More on that to come…

Cheers & happy touring!

- Ali Rodgers, Owner & Touring Maven, The Touring Company

Insider Tip:

Mark your calendar for Spring Release 2020, when many wineries will start to release their 2018 vintage of red wines. This will be a fantastic vintage to keep an eye out for—the “vintage of the decade,” they are saying—so snatch up as many bottles as you can. It was a fantastic harvest in the Walla Walla Valley, and these wines are slated to age beautifully.