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Catch The CRUSH

CATCH THE CRUSH “Cellarbration”

WHO:  Barnard Griffin Winery

WHAT:  CATCH THE CRUSH “Cellarbration”

WHEN:  This Saturday & Sunday, 9/26 – 27

             10 am – 5 pm

WHERE: Barnard Griffin Winery

              878 Tulip Lane

              Richland, WA  99352




COST:    $5 non-refundable Tasting Fee

WHY:     Catch the Crush in Washington wine country

Celebrate with special deals on cases of our special Cellarbration varietal pairings. 

C’mon over, we’ll conduct wine tastings inside and outside: 

Eat & Drink local!  Come feel the heat.  Our soon-to-be-famous Farmer’s Market Salsa expert, Rudy Pena, will be on hand to sample his Pepper Blend salsa out on our garden patio. 

And inside the Tasting Room, we’ll feature Bleu Cheese drizzled with honey and paired with our legendary Syrah Port!

Barnard Griffin is the 4th largest winery in the state and is an essential stop on any tour of Washington’s best wineries.


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             RICHLAND, WA:  In regard to the progress of the 2009 CRUSH in Columbia Valley, Washington Barnard Griffin’s owner/winemaker Rob Griffin reports that, “The wine grape sugars sat still for the first few weeks in September but have quickly begun to ripen due to the weather.  Griffin said the weather is “creating a very intense harvest schedule for us now where everything is coming in at once. But in waiting for the fruit to truly ripen we are seeing great fruit quality.  The weather is perfect and will continue to ripen the fruit.  Nature thus far has been very cooperative.”

           And, he predicts, “there is an abundance of ripeness, flavor and soft tannins in the reds which are signs of this being a great year for reds.” This from a wine pioneer who has seen over 30 vintages in the state of Washington. 

            This weekend – the first weekend of fall – is an excellent time to visit Barnard Griffin winery and enjoy its annual “Catch The Crush Cellarbration”  at its Richland Tasting Room.  On Saturday and Sunday 9/26 – 9/27, from 10am to 5pm is a good time to buy.  The winery is offering special deals on case sales to make room for the new juice and vintage coming in this wonderful harvest time of year.  The general admission, non-refundable tasting fee is $10 and is deductible from case sale purchases.

            As always, Barnard Griffin Wine Club members have complimentary access to tastings.  Barnard Griffin Wine Club Membership indeed has its privileges! Don’t miss out on the beauty of the fall in the Columbia Valley vineyards and great Barnard Griffin wines. 

            According to the Washington Wine Commission, the number of high-quality wines produced in Washington has been growing steadily as the state’s national and international reputation as a top wine producer has grown. More than 32,000 acres of land are planted in wine grapes in the state, and there are now more  than 650 licensed wineries. Barnard Griffin Winery:  878 Tulip Lane, Richland, WA  99352.  509-627-0266

           Thus far in 2009, Barnard Griffin has received major recognition for many of its wines, demonstrating continuing leadership in Washington state-produced wines.  Winemaker Rob Griffin says, “It is exciting to make small batch artisanal wines that are generating such recognition, proving once again Washington State is one of the great wine-producing regions in the world.” YouTube video of Rob Griffin


  • BARNARD GRIFFIN is Washington’s Premier Family Owned Winery
  • BARNARD GRIFFIN was started in 1983 by Washington Wine Pioneers Rob Griffin and Deborah Barnard
  • BARNARD GRIFFIN Winery is the fourth largest winery in Washington state
  • Washington is the second largest wine producing state in the United States with more than  600 wineries
  • BARNARD GRIFFIN produces over 75,000 cases of wine each year
  • BARNARD GRIFFIN was named “Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year” in 2006 by WINE PRESS NORTHWEST Magazine
  • The winery is located in Richland, WA; which is part of the Tri-Cities area in Eastern Washington
  • BARNARD GRIFFIN Tulip and Reserve Label Wines are sold online and at retail throughout the U.S. with a concentration in the Pacific Northwest
  • In 2009, BARNARD GRIFFIN’s Rose of Sangiovese has won a stunning fourth consecutive award of Gold or better at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest American wine judging competition in the world

About Barnard Griffin

Barnard Griffin is a family-owned winery in Richland, WA and the fourth largest in the state by volume. Co-owners Rob Griffin and Deborah Barnard have been garnering international acclaim under the Barnard Griffin label since 1983, and Rob Griffin has been making exceptional wines in Washington State since 1977.  Barnard Griffin produces more than 75,000 cases per year including Barbera, Cabernet-Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ciel du Cheval Merlot, Fume Blanc, Late Harvest Muscat Canelli, Malbec, Merlot, Orange Muscat, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Rosé of Sangiovese, Semillon, Syrah, Syrah Port, Viognier, and Zinfandel. 

Barnard Griffin produces two labels; both available through retail stores, wine clubs and online wine venues.  The Reserve Label wines are crafted in very limited quantities from the best vineyard lots in the region, using European, French and American oak.  Barnard Griffin’s signature Tulip Label wine, one of Washington State’s most recognized wines, is available across the country. 

Barnard Griffin selects its grapes from throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley including Wahluke Slope, Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, Columbia Gorge and other AVA’s.  Barnard Griffin works with small family growers and favors long-term contracts with dedicated acreage for vineyard continuity and quality. The winery is a strong supporter of wine tourism (Oenotourism) in the state, and is an essential stop on any tour of Washington’s best wineries.

Barnard Griffin is the only winery in the United States that contains a glass arts studio producing artisan works of fused glass.  Glass works are on display in the tasting room.

The winery, tasting room and glass arts studio are located at 878 Tulip Lane in Richland, WA. For more information, clink on the link:, email: or call:   (509) 627-0266.

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© 2009, Barnard Griffin™ Winery, Richland, WA  99352

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