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Review: Dunham Cellars Winery


Dunham Cellars is located at the Walla Walla airport in an area that used to serve as the hangars and barracks for flight test crews during WWII. It is an interesting setting and Eric Dunham, winemaker/founder, has made the most of it converting their building into a combination tasting room and "hanger lounge".

On the Sunday afternoon I visited, there were eight different wines being poured for a $5 tasting fee, which was refundable with purchase. These wines included a chardonnay, two rielsings, two cab sauvs, two syrahs, and a red blend. The woman serving me was very knowledgeable about the wines and the winemaker, offering insightful background on Eric's approach and style.

As a result of my visit, I purchased one of their rieslings and a cabernet sauvignon. Overall, it was an enjoyable visit, albeit a bit subdued in terms of energy and enthusiasm from behind the counter. The place seemed a bit more business focused than celebratory. I just sensed a lower level of energy in the place relative to other wineries visited that day.


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