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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Discover Washington Wines: Trillium Creek Winery, Key Peninsula

You can find a terrific local winery right at Home (the town of Home, Washington, that is!) which is right in our own South Sound backyard. The new Trillium Creek Winery, licensed back in 2006, produce Pinot Noir, Muller Thurgau, Gewurztraminer, Leon Millot, and Siegerrebe wines on their 15 acre property. The Syrah and Cabernet varietals are derived from purchased grapes from Eastern Washington (however, all of the processing and bottling is done right there at Trillium Creek). Fruit wines are also a feature of the winery; for these unique wines, Trillium Creek partners with Fairview Acres Lavender Farm (also another delightful attraction in the Key Peninsula that I am longing to visit).

Trillium Creek owners are a husband and wife team, the Garhards. French born Claude and Pacific Northwest native Claudia have been making wines for nearly thirty years as a hobby. Upon retirement from their “first” careers several years ago, they decided to make a go of the wine making business. According to their website, in a tree clearing project on their Key Peninsula property, they decided to plant some grapes. The grapes just took off and a new career was born.

We discovered Trillium Creek really by accident just recently. We were driving around Home to find the property where my dad lived as a child. We saw the welcoming winery sign and decided to check it out. We drove up a pretty woodsy drive and happened upon this darling and immaculate cottage with spring flowers all around. The cottage served as the tasting room. We were promptly greeted by the charming Claude and his lovely daughter-in-law who warmly welcomed us (along with a cute floppy big dog aptly named Champagne). We were invited inside the tasting room and it was wonderful. Inside the warm and cozy cottage there was a pretty wine bar and plenty of wine and scrumptious gourmet cheeses. Claude offered us a complete tour of the vineyards and the facility. We took a rain check as we were on our way to a friend’s home. Claude happily encouraged us to return when we were ready for the tour and he shared with us the history of the winery, the kinds of wines available, and a bit of the wine making process. Claude said (with a twinkle in his eye) that we needed to sample the wines we were interested in before we purchased them. Mom and I sat down at the wine bar and were positively dazzled by the Chardonnay, Syrah, and Merlot (the Merlot was my absolute favorite).

After some relaxed sipping and chatting, we purchased bottles of what we sampled to take back home. I thought the prices were quite reasonable for these delicious high quality wines. Of course, the service was fantastic. However, what struck me the most was that this family owned business was lovingly crafted and cared for. I plan to make Trillium Creek a regular stop on my journeys over the bridge. Please click here for their website (check out the special events section too!) for more information on the winery, their hours, and driving directions. On a special note, from the Trillium Creek Winery site there is a link to go to Fairview Acres Lavender Farm; check out this site too for their fine local products.

More to come from The Key!


Lorraine Hart said...

Do you happen to know if they have any organic wines...without the additive that gives some of us poor unfortunates an allergic reaction?

Kim Thompson said...

Hmm.. I do know they are very low sulfite wines--the good news is that it helps with those with sulfite sensitivities, but the bad news is is that the wine will keep as long. As far as an "organic" label, I don't know (though I suspect that their fruit wine collection may possibly carry that label).

I'll e-mail them and find out more!

Stephanie Frieze said...

Grand tour: Wine at Home for a picnic at Joemma, followed by afternoon tea in Bothell. ~Stephanie

Kim Thompson said...

Glorious suggestion!!!!Trillium is just great. And I am so jazzed to go to Fairview Acres Lavender Farm. According to the site, they have all kinds of wonderful lavender beauty products and edibles. And for those who knit, they sell spinning wheels and fibers from their angora goats. I am serious! Check out the site!

kinsmed said...

The best wine I ever had came from Bainbridge Island Winery. In fact, they make the only Merlot I ever liked. They do not sell in stores; walk-ins buy up all of their stock.

kinsmed said...

The best wine I ever had came from Bainbridge Island Winery. In fact, they make the only Merlot I ever liked. They do not sell in stores; walk-ins buy up all of their stock.

JosephMcG said...

You got my taste buds quivering with this one. Thank you.

Lorraine Hart said...

Okay, I'll try some low-sulphite wine with you...if you have to carry me home, it won't be far!

Kim Thompson said...

Hi all:

Okay, I got an e-mail from Claudia of Trillium. Yes, the vineyard is organic, and Yes, they use the minimum amount of sulfites, 50 parts per million (otherwise the bottles may explode according to Claudia). She also advised me that they don't Merlot--I guess I am a little confused because that's what I tried and bought. Following up for clarification. Thanks Claudia for the comments!


Jane Fader said...

Hi Kim,
My name is Jane and I'm with Dwellable.
I was looking for blogs about the Key Peninsula to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you soon!