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Spring Valley Vineyard, Walla Walla
​​ June 12, 2019



Spring Valley Vineyard is situated 12 miles northeast of Walla Walla, spread amid the picturesque wheat fields of southeastern Washington with the Blue Mountains providing the backdrop.

​​The land that the Corkrum, Derby, and Elvin families farm today is rich with history dating back to the mid 1800’s, when current vineyard owner Shari Corkrum Derby’s grandfather Uriah Corkrum began farming in the area.  He acquired the land now known as Spring Valley in 1910.

In 1993, Shari and Dean Derby planted the first grapes at Spring Valley. The first vintage of Estate grown and bottled Spring Valley Vineyard wines were produced with the 1999 vintage.   French born Serge Laville took over as winemaker in 2004 and continues the legacy of Spring Valley Vineyard.

The initial block of Merlot was planted in 1993 on a south-southwest facing hillside. The vines follow the north-south slope of the hills in vertical rows, an orientation that, combined with the declination of the slope, allows the vines to take optimal advantage of air dranage, sunshine, and the reflective nature of the surrounding wheat fields.

Great care is taken when caring for the vineyard. Every grape is tended by hand, including crop thinning, leaf pulling, and harvesting, as well as hand-burying individual canes to protect them from the cold winters of southeastern Washington.

Today, Spring Valley Vineyard consists of 111 acres of grapevines including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec.
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 Join us in tasting these big Eastern Washington wines:  
o   2017 Viognier
o   2016 Katherine Corkrum Cabernet Franc
o   2016 Shari Lee Petite Verdot
o   2016 Uriah Blend
o   2016 Frederick Blend
o   2016 Nina Lee Syrah


 At the June 12 program, you will taste 7 premium wines (1 welcome wine, and 6 program wines) along with 4 gourmet food bites.  Bring 2 wine glasses for comparative tasting.  

This education program price is $40 and $30 for society members.  Annual society membership is just $35.  Pay at the door in cash, check or credit card.  Check-in starts a 7:00 with welcome wine poured shortly after and program start at 7:30 ending at 9:00.

Reserve your spot by Saturday, June 8 at [email protected]

To reserve space, please send email to:

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Be sure to list the name of each attendee and the event you wish to attend.

You can also call Steve and Katherine Shelton at 360-696-4498 to make reservations.    

​See you there!  Cheers!

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