Every once in awhile, we all need to escape to a place where we can not only enjoy ourselves, but feel as if we are right at home. In Leavenworth, Icicle Ridge Winery is one of those places. Since 2000, Louie and Judy Wagoner have created delicious wines right from their log cabin in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. They welcome all visitors into their home to share in their wines, enjoy themselves, and take in the picturesque views of the vineyards and Icicle Ridge. The winery is recognized as one of the most unique in the Pacific Northwest and is one of the best places to visit during your Leavenworth getaway.
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History of Icicle Ridge Winery
After marrying in 1966, Lou and Judy moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where Lou took a job as a construction worker. After their three girls were born, the family moved to the Peshastin area and purchased 40 acres of pear orchards and a farmhouse. For 30 years, they made a living from harvesting pears until American pear prices drastically dropped. The price of foreign produce pears were more affordable, and America’s own pear farms withered in profit. Lou began planting grapes, and by 2002, Icicle Ridge Winery opened to the public for delicious wine and good times.
Icicle Ridge Winery focuses on several varieties of wine that are rooted in drinkability. Careful barreling and reliance on the fruit’s natural flavors are what make their wines so irresistibly delicious. Among their wide selection, the hallmark wines they are known for are the red Romanze Merlot Blend, Lemberger, Three Blondes Gewurztraminer, and the Royal Ladies of the Autumn Leaves.
Of course, the adventurous winemakers love to experiment with new flavors. You may also enjoy interesting selections such as the chocolate cherry passion, huckleberry riesling, and raspberry riesling.
Icicle Ridge Winery Events
Icicle Ridge is all about delivering an authentic wine country experience. That’s why they host a number of fun-filled events throughout the year! From grape stomps all the way to wine blending workshops, there is always something to look forward to at the winery. Here are just a few upcoming events to mark into your calendar:
Winter Walk Through the Vineyards (January 2017)
Winemakers Don and Kristen lead the way through a magical evening. The event kicks off with an elegant wine tasting experience in the cellar before you venture outdoors in a pair of snowshoes. Tiki torch lit trails will wind you through the beautiful vineyards as you discuss the grapes and family stories. Before returning inside for a 3-course plated dinner, you will enjoy hot spiced wine outside beside a roaring bonfire.
Red Party (February 11, 2017)
Red wine is divine! This is Icicle Ridge’s first ever red wine party and they are more than excited to show off some of their newest selections. Be sure to dress accordingly as red attire is mandatory for this event (men can wear black and white suits).
Blending Party (March 18, 2017)
During this workshop, you will learn the science of wine blending and create the Icicle Ridge’s 2016 Romanze Blend yourself! It gives you the opportunity to become the winemaker and craft your own perfect blend.
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