Monday, February 22, 2010


Starting in March, on the first Wednesday of each month, we are launching the Walter Dacon Seminar Series.  Le Grand Crew members can sign-up for fun sessions covering topics such as:
  • March 3rd - Wine Tasting Techniques
  • April 7th - The best stemware for wine (it does matter)
  • May 5th - Why the vineyard matters (as the French say, Terroir)
  • June 2nd - Olive Oil - virgin, extra virgin (what's the difference?)
  • July, August, September - no seminars (relaxing on the patio w/Viognier)
  • October 6th - Crush (no, it's not like crushed ice, what is it?)
  • November 3rd - TBA
Typically, each session will last an hour to an hour and a half, starting at 6:30 pm.

You'll be treated to a glass of wine, artisan breads and cheeses. 
$20/ea seminar (book all six for $100).  Space is limited to 20, so sign up early by calling the winery @ 360 426-5913, RSVP on Facebook or email us:

Friday, February 19, 2010


Walter Dacon is now HOT - with a WiFi connection.  Holly was on the patio with her lap top today.

Join us on the patio - can you believe it - sunshine all day (Andy mowed all the lawns today - he tells me this is the first time in 30 years he's mowed in February).  Ah, the life of a winemaker!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


We had a terrific weekend at Walter Dacon Wines visiting with the many friends we've made over the past years.  Thanks to all of you for your continued support.  Bon Vin, Bonne Amitie! (Good wine, good friends!)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wonderful Article from Wine and Beer of Washington State

Walter Dacon Wines : Featured Winery 2/10 by: Vivian Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Ann and Lloyd “call me Andy” Anderson are still smiling. Recently their tasting room won our Washington Winery Tasting Room Readers’ Poll. Readers voting for Walter Dacon Winery chose this tasting room for its beautiful setting, comfortable atmosphere, knowledgeable hosts, and unique tasting bar. In this countryside setting, visitors taste highly rated and award-winning wines and attend releases and special events.
Fremont Public Library-circulation desk in the foreground, circa 1930.

First, before discussing the wines, let’s explore the unique tasting bar, one of my favorite parts of the tasting room. Walter Dacon’s tasting bar’s first incarnation was as the circulation desk in the 1930’s at Fremont Public Library, a Carnegie library.

Decades later, Ann found it in a second use store and knew immediately that its second incarnation would be as part of their tasting room. With fingers crossed, she patiently out-waited another interested customer who had first dibs.

Second incarnation for the library circulation desk-Walter Dacon tasting bar

Once in her possession, she had it lovingly restored. Personally, I love standing next to and even leaning on the tasting bar. The beautiful oak is comforting and entirely reminiscent of delightful hours spent in the public library of my youth. Now, unlike my youth, I stand at the circulation desk and instead of pondering how many books to check out, I am tasting a Rousanne, Viognier, a Sangiovese, four Syrahs, and a port-style Syrah.

The Andersons created Walter Dacon Wines as a team. Forgoing a more relaxed retirement, Andy learned viticulture and winemaking through UC Davis classes and working with Doug McCrea of McCrea Cellars while Ann learned the business of wine. The winery itself is located on part of the four acres they call home on Lynch Road south of Shelton, WA, just a bit more than a mile from Taylor Shellfish Farms. A very convenient location as steamed mussels and clams are frequent treats at winery events.

Walter Dacon’s focus is Rhone and Mediterranean style wines, no over-oaked fruit bombs here. Every year they produce the core set of their wines - three Syrahs – the Belle (co-fermented with Viognier, aged in French oak), the Beaux (100% Syrah, aged in American oak) and the Magnifique (100% Syrah aged in French oak). There is also a fourth Syrah, Appanage, a 100% Syrah from Boushey Vineyard. Until the last few years, the Appanage was only available to club members. Now production has increased and everyone has the opportunity to taste this wine at the winery. The Syrahs have won numerous awards and high ratings. Besides Boushey Vineyards, the Andersons work with Destiny Ridge Vineyard, Elephant Mountain Vineyard, Ranch at the End of the Road Vineyard, and Outlook Vineyard.

Medals and notable ratings for Walter Dacon Wines

The Andersons also produce a Viognier and a Rousanne. The success of the Viognier was a surprise. The fruit is acquired for co-fermenting with Syrah for the Belle. The extra fruit is vinted on its own and bottled. Based on the success of the Viognier, they created a Rousanne. Unfortunately, the Rousanne has not been as successful and the current release will be the last.
Until this past year, the Andersons’ Mediterranean style was represented by only one wine, a Sangiovese. Last summer they released a Temperanillo. The production was limited and once it was released and tasted, club members purchased every bottle. Saddened by the news as Temperanillo is a favorite of mine, I was comforted to learn there is more in the barrel room, along with Grenache, Mouvedre, Petit Sirah and Zinfandel. Currently, Andy plans to create a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Sangiovese. I am intrigued with this plan because it is what I refer to as “hybrid winemaking” – creating wine in an elegant style reminiscent of the old world but blending in a new world style – no rules! No rule forbidding Sangiovese to reside in the same bottle as Syrah.

Library circulation desk drawer now holds Walter Dacon stickers.

Just as Andy, the head winemaker, pushes forward with varietals and blends, Ann forges into the future of the wine business learning social media and trying new marketing ideas. This month Walter Dacon launched a new website, a Facebook Fan page and Twitter. Ann is also a member of the board of the Washington Wine Institute and recently testified in Olympia in favor of legislation to make it easier on wineries to contribute wine to 501(c)(3) charities for fundraising events.
Eventually, the Andersons may retire and step away from the winery and the wine industry, handing it over to family members. But not any time soon. After speaking with them I believe it will skip the next generation and be in the hands of the grandsons not yet in grade school and who belong to a generation that never had the thrill of dropping paper checkout cards in the slot a of library circulation desk.
I enjoy all of Walter Dacon Wines and have for several years. During the remainder of February I will pour the wines for Bean, Ed, and Nancy. Stay tuned for our tasting and pairing notes.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


Saturday we had a terrific group of folks stop by the winery to sip Walter Dacon and partake in everything chocolate!  We're doing the same thing today and Monday, noon to 6 pm.  Happy Valentines Day to all.

So, come on out - the winemaker is here and ready to sign bottles!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The weather was great - WE'VE LAUNCHED!

We are excited to announce the launch of our new website

This new website will enable you to order wines directly from the winery, visit our Blog, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. All of our events and happenings are also listed in the Events tabs on our website and Facebook. We've had a blast putting this together and it will be ever changing and a work in progress as we go into the future.

Our Webmaster and Le Grand Crew member, Kenton Fabrick, has literally dragged Andy and me into the 21st century! We are very appreciative of Kenton and his colleague Eric Anderson, owner of  Check out our new site and view the fabulous videos filmed by Le Grand Crew member Linda Helms, Pearl Beach Productions in Union, Washington.

We are indebted to both Linda and Kenton for their dedication and persistence in working with one very particular curmudgeon - that would be your winemaker. In all reality, Lloyd (Andy) and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome of the various sites. Thanks to everyone who critiqued and gave input. Job well done!

We hope you will go to our various sites and CHECK US OUT!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Walter Dacon - Best Tasting Room in Washington

WOW! Walter Dacon Wines was recently honored to receive the Best Tasting Room in the state by Wine-Beer-Washington.  A hearty thanks to our fans for their votes, to Bean and her crew at Wine-Beer-Washington and  our staff at Walter Dacon - that would be Holly!

Doctors Without Borders Haiti Benefit

February 1st
McCrea Cellars, Dockside Bistro  of Olympia and Walter Dacon Wines hosted a benefit winemaker dinner for Doctors Without Borders. The more than 50 people who attended had a wonderful five course meal prepared by Chef Cedar Green with wines paired to each course. 
Funds were also raised through a silent action for a total of $11,500!  Thanks to everyone attending and contributing. This was a huge success.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Exotic Wines Festival

Walter Dacon Wines
Last evening, 2/2
Andy (Lloyd) and I poured wine for the Exotic Wines Festival in support of "Art with Heart" in Seattle. It was a packed event with 300 happy wine lovers (some in costumes). We had a great time. You should check out Teatro Zinzanni - it's fabulous!