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Review: Otis Kenyon Tasting Room

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What a terrific experience I had at the Otis Kenyon tasting room in downtown Walla Walla. On the Sunday afternoon I visited in late March, I was greeted by Jessica, who proceeded to pour four distinct red wines with no tasting fees attached. These included a cab sauv and a syrah, both 100% varietal makeup, as well as a malbec and a carmenere, both blends.

Jessica is the type of person you want working in a tasting room, for she is well trained about serving and well informed about the wines she pours. Even better, she's a good story teller, offering insights into the Otis Kenyon family history that went well beyond that offered on their web site.

I was impressed with the setting, which was formerly a florist shop on Main Street. The narrow space feels open due to the high ceiling and well spaced furniture. There's even a lounge area in the front with comfortable seating for those that want to linger or study Otis Kenyon's dental certificate framed on the wall.

Along with each wine I sampled, there were detailed winemaker notes, connecting me to the who, what, where, and how behind each pour. As a result of my visit, I purchased a bottle of their 2005 cabernet suavignon, a wine I look forward to opening with dinner soon. If you're downtown Walla Walla, then you should treat yourself to a stop at Otis Kenyon.

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