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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Challenger Ridge Winery (Concrete, Washington)

Challenger Ridge Winery, is located in Washington State, U.S.A. It is about 35 minutes east on Hwy 20 from Interstate5, about five minutes west of Concrete Washington. This place deserves to be here! They make great wine. There is a fabulous wine tasting room and it is a great place to kick back. The wine tasting room is a 100 year old farm house. You can sample wine or purchase a glass or a bottle, and sit by the wood stove in very comfortable leather chairs. Cora Thomas is the one who guides you through the various wines, and does a wonderful job at it. You can bring a lunch and sit outside in the vineyard having a glass of wine. They have numerous great functions at the Winery throughout the year. I recommend the "Liberty Bell", a white wine and it is one of the favorites. You feel very much at home here. Should you be heading east to Winthrop or where ever, you should think about stopping in. If you are heading past from another direction....ya you can still stop in and try the wine, you will love it.!!

August 2011   We have been back many times so I figured that I had better update it as there have been some changes.  They have a new wine maker and some new staff.  It is still a favorite of mine!  Anna is there to help you through the tasting various wine!  By the way Anna is a professional photographer and will do photo shoots in the winery for you.  Something to think about.  You can still purchase a glass or bottle of wine and sit out in the vineyard having your lunch or just a glass of wine.  By the way Annie's Pizza who have been voted best pizza in Skagit County will deliver right to you in the winery while you are enjoying a glass of wine.  In October  it is the Grape Crush festival, worth the price of admission.  Check out their web site.

November 2014.  The winery is a shadow of what it used to be.  A skeleton staff, future looks bleak.  Tore out large area of grape vines.  Winery is for sale for $1.6 Million.  Sad to see such a wonderful place go down hill like this. 

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