A downtown Walla Walla tasting room that opened late last year amid its development is back in the construction zone.
Plumb Cellars tasting room, which closed for renovation at the end of December, will soon re-open as Wine@NINE S. First.
The new name is an umbrella for the tasting room that will be shared by Plumb Cellars and Mansion Creek Cellars, according to an announcement.
The tasting room, located at 9 S. First Ave., is expected to open in February. Plumb Cellars is owned by Edie and Dale Johnson, Margo and Gary Kagels and Crandall Kyle. Mansion Creek is a partnership of Julia and Roger Russell and winemaker Jerry Myrick.
Plumb Cellars opened in the space before work was complete for Fall Release last November and continued to operate through the holiday season. The tasting room participated in the Walla Walla HomeTeam’s Light a Candle for Hope fundraiser. Walla Walla HomeTeam is a collaboration between the Walla Walla Exchange Club, Washington Council for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and Children’s Home Society of Washington. The tasting room sold candles for the fundraiser and accepted donations in lieu of tasting fees for the last two weeks of December. Such community service projects are expected to be an element of the Plumb Cellars business as it builds it presence in the Valley, the announcement said. The winery’s owners said several neighboring downtown businesses purchased and lit the Candles of Hope, including World Wide Travel, Peach & Pear frozen yogurt shop, Sweetwater Paper & Home and Darrah’s Framing & Decorator Center.