Since its grand opening in early June, the Waterbrook complex, just west of Walla Walla on U.S. Highway 12, has been the talk of the Valley. With 5,000 square feet of tasting room space— and a patio with outdoor fireplace and views of the pond — the facility is a contemporary, yet warm space appealing to all the senses. (And did I mention the bocce ball court?)
In short, the place is just too cool not to throw a weekly party (or two). Director of Retail Sales Michelle Liberty couldn’t agree more. She says the “Finally Fridays … and Saturdays too!” festivities are designed to make use of the space and provide a new way for folks to unwind.
In addition to free wine tasting and glass pours priced $6-$11, the events offer an assortment of small food plates, each just $6. Overseen by Waterbrook’s catering and hospitality manager, Ciel Blain (former owner of Luscious by Nature), the menu transcends the standard tasting room fare, offering a fresh approach to “finger foods.” Among the choices: an open-faced, Applewood-smoked BLT; cold cucumber, mint, and melon soup shooters; and a grilled flank steak with chimichurri.
Though Liberty insists it’s not a restaurant, she says the food offerings are very popular. “It starts at noon, so people can do lunch, a mid-afternoon snack, or even make it a dinner. (Laughing) I mean, you can have as many plates as you want.”
Liberty says the gatherings are a casual way to sample Waterbrook’s event and catering capabilities. “We do receptions and private parties and have a lot of weddings planned in the coming year. Right now people are thinking about their holiday events, so they’re coming to check out what we have to offer.”Year-round, Friday and Saturday Noon-8 p.m. 10518 West Highway 12 Walla Walla, WA 99362 (509) 522-1262 www.waterbrook.com