Mike and I went to the east-side warehouse district of Woodinville to check out the wonderful goodness they have to offer in that part of town. We took advantage of the opportunity to pay a visit to Kestrel since I always try to keep some of their cab on hand to share over a nice dinner. As we walked into the tasting room we were greeted immediately with a very bright smile and a big HELLO! Sue Blackburn, tasting room attendant for Kestrel, was not only very attentive but also very knowledgeable about their product and shared valuable information about each wine she represented.
Kestrel View Estate Vineyards took shape after John and Helen Walker came from Florida on a business trip. While visiting, they took advantage of our highly noted Pacific Northwest cuisine and became intrigued with the heartiness of our beautiful Washington red wine. John knew then that he wanted to become part of our up and coming wine industry. Mr. Walker went on to purchase a 160 acre site and opened his winery in 1999. John and Helen named their new venture “Kestrel” in tribute to the native sparrow hawk that found its way into the Walkers’ hearts.
I share the same mission as the Kestrel staff — bringing Washington State wine to every table. I love that all their wine is highly functional and can be enjoyed on a everyday basis. A quote from wine maker Flint Nelson captures this philosophy: “I make wine for Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Mondays.” How lovely is that! I can say that Kestrel View Estate is a winery that is committed to value and quality. They represent Washington with the deep, rich passion that is being cultivated throughout the State.
Please check out the tasting room nearest you and enjoy these very fruit-forward wines. I really enjoyed the co-fermented 2009 Syrah as well as The Lady in White, a beautiful Viognier blend. The Lady in White is part of their artist series and is sister to Lady in Red, both very lovely wines. Visit their web site to learn more about the Walkers as pioneers of Washington wine and the interesting story of the sparrow hawk.