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September 23 Site Visit/Tour at Bookwalter Winery in Richland

By Jo Haberstok posted 08/31/23 04:59 PM


View the full meeting announcement here.  See important note for Columbia Basin ASQ section members at end of this post.

NOTE:  RSVPs are required by September 9.  Email:

"Quality and Winemaking Excellence"

Site Visit - Bookwalter Winery (Richland, Washington)

Saturday - September 23, 2023

12:45 p.m. Check in

1:00 p.m.  Tour begins

There is no charge for ASQ members or non-members, but reservations must be received by September 9.

Are you a Cabernet aficionado?  Or do you prefer a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc?  Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to wine.  Some only like red wines, some like whites, and others gravitate to the sweeter wines. 

Would you like to learn more about how wines are made?  Want to find out what is actually done in the processing facility - and the importance of testing, quality assurance, and other requirements?

The story of J. Bookwalter winery is one of deep family roots in Washington State's exciting wine industry and a family heritage in viticulture and winemaking in the Columbia Basin.  In operation since 1982, the winery has grown from one of Washington’s oldest into one of the Pacific Northwest’s most recognized boutique wine brands, relying on exceptional vineyard sources and meticulous winemaking to produce some of the world’s finest wines.

Join us September 23 for a special tour at the winery, led by Mitch Atwell, Wine Club & Hospitality Manager.  It is expected that we will be able to view full processing of wine grapes delivered that day.  We will learn about Bookwalter’s quality philosophy as well as the internal quality logistics, procedures and processes used and implemented throughout the wine grape harvest inspection, acceptance, crushing, testing, and barreling processes.

And, of course, there will be an opportunity to sample (no-host) some of their delicious wines following the tour.

Please RSVP by September 9 to Denise at

NOTE:  Closed-toe shoes are required.  Casual attire is recommended (we will be in a [red] wine grape processing facility).

Special Note for Columbia Basin ASQ section members regarding this meeting:  If you invite and bring a guest (non‑ASQ member), your name will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Visa card.  (Be sure to indicate your guest’s name when RSVPing.)