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An Urban Wine Oasis in Kennewick

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 18:55
Colunbia Gardens Urban Wine and Artisan Vallage Colunbia Gardens Urban Wine and Artisan Vallage

TASTE News Service, July 7, 2020 – The Tri-Cities are right in the middle of Washington’s wine country. They’re surrounded by wineries welcoming visitors, but wine fans can have a wine experience without leaving this urban environment.

Gordon Est Patio at Col Gdns PicmonkeyAwaiting the tasters at Gordon Estate Patio

The Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village is situated between both Highway 397 and Highway 395 in Kennewick, a city in southeastern Washington State. More than 200 Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills and Columbia Valley AVA wineries are located within an hour’s drive, and a population of 276,000 makes the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland) the fourth largest metropolitan statistical area in the state. Washington State University’s Wine Science Center is in Richland, another of the Tri-Cities, and is about half an hour’s drive from Columbia Gardens. Indeed, the unique waterfront location makes this a remarkable setting for boutique wineries.

Though much of Washington’s winegrowing area lacks the infrastructure of more-developed wine regions, the Tri-Cities has plenty of lodging and dining options for consumers visiting Washington “Wine Country.”

As restrictions ease, more visitors will be going to—or through—the Tri Cities area to visit wineries and some may not yet be aware of the tasting opportunities at Columbia Gardens. Just this afternoon, Taste Washington Travel was contacted by one of the wineries which have developed tasting rooms at the facility. Katie Nelson of Gordon Estate announced that they’d be re-opening for tasting on Thursday, July 9th.  “We are back in business (sort of) and we can't wait to host you on our patio! Come enjoy our patio with a wine tasting or wine-by-the glass or bottle,” she said. ”We highly recommend reservations at this time due to limited capacity (https://www.gordonwines.com/reservation/availability/).   Walk-ins are welcome; please be patient if you must wait.  There are now 4 Food Trucks to choose from at the Wine Village and they are right out our patio door.”

At least for the near future, wineries and their visitors will both need to make some adjustments. Nelson said, “We will be taking all safety precautions to keep everyone healthy while visiting us. Due to the COVID-19 regulations in the modified Phase 1 Safe Start guidelines we have to ask that you wear a mask upon entering the tasting room and at any time that you leave your seat during your time with us. We can accept groups up to 5 guests and your entire party must be present before we can seat you.

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