Tasting Rooms for Dudes
Photo © Mark VanDonge
Greg and Pam Harrington's self-described "man cave" tasting room is like an extension of their home. Guests can lounge with a glass of wine, listen to indie-rock radio, catch up on sports and eat brisket and pulled pork that Greg smokes himself. Tastings by appointment.
The motorcycle-riding, rock-and-roll winemaker Charles Smith converted an old garage into his new tasting room. By day, visitors sample wines, but at night, the space fills with DJs, burlesque shows and rockabilly concerts. Tastings daily.
Man Cave Essentials
Winemaker Greg Harrington's guide to the key components of his laid-back aesthetic.
Dartboard Conveniently located within throwing distance of the tasting bar.
Leather Couches For watching his favorite UK soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur.
Big TV "I wanted a 55-inch, but Pam said no way. So we have a 46-inch."
Two Brawny Bottles to Try
© Mark VanDonge
2008 Gramercy Cellars Walla Walla Valley Syrah ($45) Greg Harrington's complex Walla Walla Syrah bottling (he also makes wines with grapes from other regions) is Washington Syrah par excellence—fruity, smoky and spicy. His barbecued pork is a great match.
© Charles Smith Wines
2009 Charles Smith Wines The Velvet Devil Merlot ($12) Plush and chocolaty, Charles Smith's Merlot is made with a blend of grapes from Washington's Yakima Valley and Wahluke Slope areas. Samples of his higher-end K Vintners bottlings are also available in his tasting room.
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