From Our Editors
Long before Genoa Cellars opened its doors, long-time friends Derek Berger and Scott Heinrich held a shared appreciation for Italy's Sangiovese grape. That, they might tell you, was the start of it all—wine-appreciation transitioned to wine-making, which led to amateur winemaking awards and relationships with some of Washington's top vineyards. Eventually, they were crafting Sangiovese-based red blends and showcasing their Washington interpretation of Italy's Super-Tuscan-style blend. Today, their operation has grown into Genoa Cellars, where they produce Tuscan–style wines from Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot. Participants can sample their wines and take home a bottle to have on hand for special dinners or occasions.