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Review: Saviah Cellars Winery

In late March, I paid a visit to the Saviah Cellars winery, which is located about 10 minutes south of downtown Walla Walla. Having enjoyed a bottle of the Saviah 2005 Malbec, I was eager to taste the 2006 vintage in hopes of getting more.

On the Sunday of my visit, I was greeted by a friendly young woman who offered eager pours but seemed a bit reserved when it came to going beyond the bottle with each wine. Fortunately, there were some detailed winemaker notes available with each of the four wines poured on this day, which included a semillon/sauv blanc, a cab sauv, a syrah, and a red blend.

However, not much was offered from either the pourer or within the tasting room to connect me to the people and places behind the wines I was sampling. At one point, the server praised the Funks for being great people to work for, which is nice but I was hoping for a bit more beyond their reputation as employers.

As to a taste of their 2006 Malbec, I was out of luck. Even after singing the praises of the 2005 to the server and asking if a pour could be had, no such luck. I had to rely on her effusive praise to compel me to buy a bottle, which in hindsight was consistent with everything else being poured that day.

It's great when a winery hires positive staff, but it's unfortunate when that is all that comes with a visit. Again, I hoped to hear or read a story about the Funks, something consistent with how they went beyond the bottle on their web site.

Even still, I would pay Saviah Cellars winery another visit for there are no tasting fees and the hospitality was generous.


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