Seattle Magazine named it, "Best Emerging Winery 2011."
Jon gave me the time frame of his move and projected opening. In January he will be taking over the space at 20 North Second Ave, in downtown Walla Walla. North Second Avenue is what I like to refer to as: "The Gateway to Main."
The now vacant space, located at the historical Panatorium building, will have a complete renovation. One of the renovations will include removing the low ceiling, which will enhance the space and make it much more airy. If any indication of the new design is by the wines itself, and even the simple, yet elegant labels; the new space will no doubt be stunning.
Projected opening date of the tasting room will be in April, just in time for Maison Bleue to be included in Walla Walla's Spring Barrel weekend the first of May.
In about a year after completion of the tasting room, Jon and wife, Amy will be bringing their family to Walla Walla and it will be here in the valley they will make their home. He is looking forward to living closer to the vineyards, and of course just being in Walla Walla and everything the area has to offer.
The focus of Maison Bleue Winery is mostly Rhône varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Marsanne and Viognier, as well as Chardonnay. The wines of Maison Bleue have been on my list of favorite Washington wines since Jon and wine writer, Rand Sealey dropped by to visit and introduced me to these ultra-premium wines, well over a year ago.
These luscious wines are very European in style. With Jon's background, a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry as well as Doctorate of Dental Surgery and continuing his education in viticulture and enology, the wines of Maison Bleue have the best of New World knowledge, but with the care of traditional Old World style.
Welcome Maison Bleue Family Winery to Walla Walla! We are looking forward to you joining our community.