Inside View: Adams Bench

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Tim and Erika Blue opened Adams Bench Winery in June 2006. Starting out as home winemakers in the early 2000’s, Tim’s passion for agriculture and Erika’s passion and curiosity for chemistry took over. Finding the perfect balance between the art and science of wine-making, they successfully produce some of the areas premier wines.

Q. What types of wine do you produce?
A. The winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends. In the near future we will be planting Chardonnay vines on our property here in Woodinville that will produce grapes for a sparkling wine.

Q. Where do you source your grapes?
A. Our grapes come from areas within Eastern Washington. We source grapes from seven vineyards across the Columbia Valley region including Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Frenchman Hills and Northern Columbia Valley.

Q. Is there a story behind the name?
A. Adams Bench is named after the “disciplinary bench” that was located outside the principal’s office of my elementary school attended by most of my family in Warsaw, IN. My grandfather and father attended the school and my father taught me as a fifth grader. When the school was being demolished at 100 years the family was contacted to see if there was any object we wanted to keep. The bench used often by my father now sits in the tasting room of our winery.

Q. How is your wine aged?
A. All our fruit is hand-picked into shallow bins. The grapes are de-stemmed, but left uncrushed, and the whole berries fermented in small, open top stainless steel fermentation tanks, with twice daily punch downs. We press to taste, using an upright stainless steel hydraulic basket press. It is then aged in 100% French Oak barrels.

Q. What is the winery’s volume?
A. Producing 1,000 cases a year, we specialize in very low yields and timing of the harvest.


14360 160th Place NE, Woodinville
Tasting Room Hours: Saturday noon – 4pm.

P. 425.408.1969,

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