Cave B Estate Winery, located in George, Washington, is a winery that should be on your radar. The couple who founded it in 1980 decided to have music events on the property, realizing how good the acoustics are on the cliffs of the Columbia River. The music events became so popular that that part of the property was bought out and is now where the Gorge Amphitheatre lies in glorious residence above the iconic American waterway.
The Gorge is usually a stop along Dead and Company‘s summer tour, and before we see a show, we like to visit the winery next door.
The tasting room is on the small side, and the building and grounds have a comfortable, welcoming feel–creating an effect like someone’s very spacious backyard with a killer view.
You have to pay for a tasting, but the reasonable price is worth it. The wines are literally served inside a cave, in a room behind the storefront.
I recommend buying a couple glasses of varietals that you like from the tasting and taking them outside. It’s a pleasure to sip wine in the patio area or walk around the property, which also houses a popular inn and spa.
The first time we visited Cave B, a few years ago, we took home a bottle of 2014 Sauvignon Blanc. It’s moved with us from Vancouver to Virginia to Fiji.
We finally uncorked the bottle last week, and it turned out to be a memorable one. The pour is a beautiful lightly golden color with a fruit-forward nose (like apple and pear). The texture is syrupy, and the flavor is clean; no harsh tannins, making it eminently sippable.
This is an impressive wine for the price point. We never pay more than $30 for a bottle of vino, and this Sauvignon Blanc tasted like at least a $50 bottle.
I wish we had bought more than one.