5302 S East Harbor Rd.
Phone: (360) 331-4084
Contact: Ken Bloom
What started as a hobby in 1998 soon grew into an award winning winery. Ken Bloom decided to learn a little bit about making wine when his brother Jim decided to plant his own vineyard in the Hopland area of Mendocino County, CA. From Hobby to Winery, From California and Yakima Valley to Whidbey Island
The first harvest was 1998, and Ken and Virginia traveled to California to help with that first harvest and each year since then. Jim makes sure the best grapes are saved for Bloom Vineyards Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ken and Virginia have spent time each summer and fall visiting vineyards in Eastern Washington walking the rows tasting grapes and talking to growers to find the best grapes to make their Washington wines.
The main source of grapes is in the Yakima Valley area, with Semillon and Sauvignon grapes from Fairacre Vineyards and Syrah and Viognier from Julie Bosma.
Ken and Virginia Bloom began making wine in 1998, and as amateur wine makers won First and Second Place at the Western Washington State Fair in Monroe; Best of Show at Island County Fair; First and Second Place and also The Best of Show for non-grape wine (Ambrosia) at The Puyallup Fair. The winery became licensed in 2003, and has continued to win awards such as two silver medals and a bronze medal at the Mendocino County Wine Competition; two bronze medals from Northwest Wine Summit 2008; was chosen by wine writer Gene Stein as the best Cabernet at the 2006 Taste Washington wine event; and was written up as the best Cabernet on Whidbey by Seattle Times Wine Writer Tan Vinh in 2008.
Winemaker: Ken & Virginia Bloom
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