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From wine to whiskey, there’s something for everyone

<p>The Wishkah River Distillery offers high-quality spirits. Additionally, mini barrels can be purchased for those who want to try their hand at aging whiskey on a smaller scale in their own home in less time.</p>Buy Photo

The Wishkah River Distillery offers high-quality spirits. Additionally, mini barrels can be purchased for those who want to try their hand at aging whiskey on a smaller scale in their own home in less time.

<p>On wine club pickup weekend, Westport Winery is flooded with members and fans alike for tastings accompanied with live music and festivities.</p>Buy Photo

On wine club pickup weekend, Westport Winery is flooded with members and fans alike for tastings accompanied with live music and festivities.

<p>Kim Roberts, owner of Westport Winery, presents &#8220;Tickle Me Tiki,&#8221; a cocktail that incorporates the winery&#8217;s &#8220;Float&#8221; wine with pinaple and orange juices.</p>Buy Photo

Kim Roberts, owner of Westport Winery, presents “Tickle Me Tiki,” a cocktail that incorporates the winery’s “Float” wine with pinaple and orange juices.

<p>Westport Winery&#8217;s latest addition is a bakery, which features creations ranging from mile-high pies to cakes, cookies and cupcakes. Yum!</p>Buy Photo

Westport Winery’s latest addition is a bakery, which features creations ranging from mile-high pies to cakes, cookies and cupcakes. Yum!

<p>Cranberry Road Winery offers wines made from local cranberries. The tasting room is set to open to the public in June or July of 2012.</p>Buy Photo

Cranberry Road Winery offers wines made from local cranberries. The tasting room is set to open to the public in June or July of 2012.

<p>Robin &#8220;The Queen&#8221; Wagner, is a delight. Sit down at the bar and order a sampler, and she&#8217;ll happily converse about the complexities of each brew offered at the Westport Brewing Co.</p>Buy Photo

Robin “The Queen” Wagner, is a delight. Sit down at the bar and order a sampler, and she’ll happily converse about the complexities of each brew offered at the Westport Brewing Co.

<p>As the sun sets behind Westport Winery, it is easy to see why the Roberts are passionate about their craft.</p>Buy Photo

As the sun sets behind Westport Winery, it is easy to see why the Roberts are passionate about their craft.

Besides selling craft brews, liquors and wines, what do all of Grays Harbor’s ‘eries’ have in common? Their owners are passionate about their craft and they’re not afraid to show it.

Wishkah River Distillery

The distillery has recently changed hands since its founder, Sue Watts, sold it to be closer to her husband who relocated to Australia for his job. The new partnership is comprised of local men, Josh Mayr, Patrick O’Donnell and Chris Olsen, who plan to continue most of the current products and add a few new products as well.

Currently, because the distillery is pretty new (products were available for purchase in November, 2011), a grain vodka, vodka made from 100 percent honey and a white whiskey are available. Whiskey is aging in barrels and will be offered as soon as it is ready. For those who are less patient, mini-barrels are available for sale and take just a few months before it’s ready for tasting.

Westport Winery

At Westport Winery, it’s a family business. The winery was founded by Blain and Kim Roberts, and opened in March of 2008. Their son, Dana, is the winemaker, while their daughter, Carrie, manages the tasting room.

Ever since the winery opened, their wines have been winning awards left and right — internationally and locally. With over 30 varieties in red, white, blushes and blends, each label contributes a portion of its proceeds to benefit a local charity.

In addition to wine tastings, the winery offers a variety of cheese and meat in its retail shop, a bakery, and a restaurant, Farm to Fork, with its menu featuring ingredients from the winery’s gardens.

The wine club offers free membership, complimentary wine tastings, discounts and more with the purchase of two bottles of wine each quarter.

Westport Brewing Co.

Owned by Robin “The Queen” and Mark Wagner, home-brewing has been Mark’s hobby since 1973. When he retired from his career in education as a college professor and administrator, he decided to have an “encore career” and do what he always wanted to do — brewing. His specialty is cold-fermented beers, lagers, and uses the resources available to him, including the water. The moderate temperature in Westport also helps to make an “old-fashioned cave” in his shop. While he currently brews 93 gallons at a time, his goal is to be at 310 gallons by the end of the summer.

The brewery currently offers its beers on tap at 40 taverns in the Puget Sound Region and Vancouver, with being added as the company continues to grow.

The brewery offers 16 different kinds of beers — 10 are mainstays and six are seasonal. With names like Cranberry Blonde, Wetsuit Wheat, Bucking Orca Bock, Shoalwater Stout, there’s certainly something for everyone.

Cranberry Road Winery

Little is known about this winery, but a spokesperson said that they expect to be open to the public in June or July this year. According to their website, they currently offer two kinds of wine made from local cranberries — a cranberry wine and a cranberry cinnamon wine. Both have won awards in various competitions.

Grays Harbor is also host to wine and brew festivals. On Aug. 4, Making Waves Wine & Wearable Art Festival is planned for 1-6 p.m. at the Ocean Shores Convention Center in Ocean Shores. Admittance is $10 per person, and Tokeland will host an art show and wine tasting from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Grayland Community Hall in Grayland.

In 2013, the annual Wine and Seafood Festival will take place at the Satsop Development Park. Wineries and restaurants from all over the state offer tastings, while a variety of live music is performed. The festival is planned for Saturday, Jan. 19.

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Cranberry Road Winery

Located at the corner of Highway 105 and S. Forrest St. in Westport (turn left and you’ll go to Grayland), the big red barn will open soon with a tasting room.

2858 S. Forrest St., Westport

(925) 595-1400

www.cranberryroad.net

Westport Brewing Co.

From Highway 105, take a right onto S. Montesano St. and continue until you see the Shell gas station on the left, turn left in front of it, onto W. Pacific Ave. Take an immediate right into the driveway.

118 W. Pacific Ave., Westport

(307) 421-4411

Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday (call ahead to make sure it is open)

No food offered, but bring your own — a gas and a charcoal grill are available for use in the beer garden.

Westport Winery

Located halfway between Aberdeen and Westport in Markham off of Highway 105.

1 South Arbor Road, Aberdeen

(360) 648-2224

www.westportwinery.org

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

A lunch and dinner menu is offered in addition to a bakery.

Wishkah River Distillery

Located near Home Depot just off of Port Industrial Road in the Port’s Coastal Innovation Zone building for new businesses

2210 Port Industrial Road, Aberdeen

www.wishkahriver.com

Hours: Noon to 5:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

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