I’m a lover of wines and living in Washington State, which is the 2nd largest wine producer in the U.S., makes it easy to appreciate all the varietals. Last weekend, I cruised to La Conner for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and stumbled upon Silver Bell Winery in Gilkey Square.
On previous trips, I’d walked through the square over a dozen times and never noticed it tucked between the shops. With its bright holiday lights, I easily spotted it and went in for a taste.
Silver Bell Winery in La Conner
Silver Bell’s wines are locally made in their Burlington production facility. Their tasting room is in downtown LaConner in Gilkey Square.
In 2010, winemakers Alan and Diane Holtzheimer turned their hobby into a commercial venture. They purchase grapes from Yakima Wine Country and produce their wines at their production facility in Burlington. In 2012, they opened Silver Bell Winery tasting room in La Conner and their tasting hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m.
Silver Bell Winery has a Friends & Family Wine Club.
Silver Bell Winery Tasting Room
The ambiance of the tasting room is cozy with deep reds and warm wood tones. Guests can stand at the bar for their taste or sit at one of the wine barrel tables. I, along with another couple, stood at the bar and another couple sat at the window to watch the holiday festivities.
In 2012 Silver Bell Winery opened its La Conner tasting room.
A taste is $5 and that night I tasted a 2015 Pinot Gris, a 2012 Merlot, a 2013 Syrah, a 2012 Cabernet Franc and a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. The top wines on my list were the Pinot Gris, the Syrah, and the Cabernet Franc. Patrons may purchase a glass of wine, as well as, a bottle or bottles. The bottle price for my tasting ranged from $22 to $36, and if a bottle is purchased the $5 taste is refunded. I went home with a bottle of the 2012 Cabernet Franc, which is my favorite varietal.
On a sunny day enjoy a glass of wine outside.
Customers can take home their wine purchases or enjoy them right there. In front of the building is an outside area where patrons can sip their wine while taking in the sunshine or activity. In Gilkey Square, from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, La Conner Live schedules live entertainment, and this outside spot would be the perfect locale to enjoy some tunes and a glass of vino.
Lara Dunning is a member of the Waggoner Cruising Guide team and has made one trip up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, AK. She is enthusiastic about small town living and you can read more about her discoveries at Small Town Washington. She has been published in The Crossing Guide, Experience Anacortes, Whidbey Island Life Magazine and Waggoner’s Pacific Northwest Boating.