Dawne Swanson secured licensing for her Moose Canyon Winery last year, but it took until this month before she had any wine to sell.
Such is the tedious process of winemaking.
Swanson will release her whites and rosés this week, but her reds still need time to barrel age. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, wine lovers can pick up bottles of her first release.
She calls herself a hobbyist turned professional only in order to subsidize her winemaking expenses. She’s kept her day job as the chief financial officer of Brown Paper Tickets, but doesn’t expect to replace that career with one in winemaking. Her Edgewood winery isn’t even open to the public. It operates out of her garage.
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“It’s more of a microwinery,” said Swanson. “I think even a boutique winery is bigger than what I’m doing.”
She expects her winery will produce up to 300 cases a year with grapes she sources from several Eastern Washington vineyards.
Her interest in winemaking began five years ago after her husband bought her one of those make-your-own-wine kits. That first batch of chardonnay had her hooked. She joined a local wine club and found a consortium of friends who now help her with crushing and bottling.
She intends to keep her wine affordable, opting to price her first releases around $15 (with discounts for wine group or club members). Her reds will be around $25.
Her release will include a 2015 pinot grigio, a 2015 meritage dry rosé and a 2015 malbec dry rosé. Because her winery is not open to the public, Swanson requests those interested in the first release call her at 253-225-1985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org on where to pick up the wine.