Severino Cellars, a family endeavor

Paula Williams of Walla Walla and Vi and Pat Devlin of Ellensburg listen to Severino Cellars’ tasting room manager Nikki Samaniego yesterday during the Red Wine and Chocolate tour.

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Paula Williams of Walla Walla and Vi and Pat Devlin of Ellensburg listen to Severino Cellars’ tasting room manager Nikki Samaniego yesterday during the Red Wine and Chocolate tour.



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Severino Cellars’ Nikki Samaniego swirls a pouring of the Severino Cellars 2011 Merlot for a customer.

— A 100-year-old farmhouse is the setting for one of the more than 13 wineries on the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail.

Family-operated and lovingly cared for since 2006, Severino Cellars just off Interstate-82 is at the eastern gate way to the growing Zillah loop of award-winning wineries.

The winery is owned and operated by Jay and Linda Spurlock and their daughter and son-in-law Nikki and Severino Samaniego, who is the winemaker for the winery. The Severino Winery has for the past eight years produced wines including its 2013 Viognier, a 2014 Raven’s Rosé, and a 2011 Merlot.

This past weekend was one of the winery’s best Red Wine and Chocolate events in recent memory said tasting room manager Nikki Samaniego.

The three-day weekend is always the perfect way to wake up the winery after the winter closure, Samaniego said.

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Severino Cellars of Zillah is housed in this two-story restored pioneer farmhouse on First Avenue in Zillah.

“The crowds of visitors are smaller and the setting is one of our favorite event weekends,” Samaniego said.

The winery at 1717 First Ave. boasts having had only three previous owners and the Spurlock family has endeavored to retain as much of the romance of the former farmhouse in its tasting room and cellars by restoring much of the buildings original wood trim.

The building also includes a small gift shop featuring the work of local artists.

Samaniego said the winery will begin preparing for the next big Valley wine event – Spring Barrel Tasting, April 22-24.

For more information please call 509.829.3800 or visit severinocellars.com.



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