Why mess with a good thing? Because when family is involved, it’s fun!
And Samson Estates Winery is all about family.
Back in 2000, the children of a longtime Whatcom County berry farmer decided to incorporate wine making into the family business.
After a couple of years, a lot of hard work and more than a little trial and error, a winery was born.
A decade and a half later, Samson’s wines — and property — are a delightful experience.
Their gorgeous, elegant tasting room is in a converted dairy barn that sits among sprawling berry fields in the heart of the Nooksack Valley. Windows look out across the lush acreage to the Cascade Mountains beyond. A fire crackles on the hearth in cold winter months, and during summer the doors are thrown open to the fresh country air.
Viewing windows separate the tasting room from the production floor. On one side, wood beams and terracotta tile provide a warm, inviting space for visitors to watch craftsmen on the other side — the cool, clean, stainless steel side — perfect their art.
And oh, what an art.
A berry farm at first, Samson Estates Winery now has acres of delicious berries to infuse into its delectable raspberry, blackberry and blueberry wines. Samson makes dessert wines, too — the subtly nutty hazelnut wine, for example, is delicious with French Vanilla ice cream.
The Washington winery also makes more traditional varietals, like their Horse Heaven Hills Syrah or Columbia Valley Chardonnay.
Did we mention that Samson Estates is all about family? Fittingly, you can get married there too. An outdoor banquet pavilion, big enough to accommodate 300 guests, is set beautifully amid an acre of landscaped grounds. Photos and videos from recent ceremonies are on the Samson Estates Facebook page.
In addition to tastings, tours and weddings, a number of other events are held at Samson throughout the year. The Whatcom Young Professionals Society, for example, is meeting there later this month.
They are also on Instagram! Be sure to tag them when you drop by for a tasting or when you’re drinking a bottle of their wines at home with friends.
Samson Estates Winery in Everson is open for public tastings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, through Oct. 1. During the winter months, they’re open on the weekends. Check out their full schedule online. They’re looking forward to seeing you!