AntoLin Cellars: Columbia Valley Winemaker Wineries, Wines

AntoLin Cellars RieslingWith deep family roots in Burgundy, France, trusted local healthcare professionals Tony and Linda Haralson launched their winery, named after an amalgam of their first names, AntoLin in 2007. For nearly a decade, the pair had been experimenting and creating homegrown wine for themselves. Eager to “make friends one glass at a time” they entered the wine industry and began bottling boutique vintages for sale.

They grow several varietals of fruit on their 5-acre vineyard estate “Glacier” located in the upper Zillah hills. Including Riesling, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carmenère. In addition to this, they source Riesling, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah from various vineyards within the Columbia Valley AVA.

Several of their vintages have received accolades by Wine Press Northwest and several regional and international competitions. Their barrel fermented Viognier (sourced from Konnowac vineyard) won several medals from Seattle, Washington state, and International competitions. Wine Enthusiast rated their 2010 Viognier 93 points and made it editors’ choice. Overall, AntoLin takes pride in having quality affordable memorable wines. Luckily, their bottles are available at many local restaurants and retailers, making them easy to purchase.

They impart their vintner knowledge with a friendly regard for visitors at their laid-back historic warehouse tasting room in Yakima. They offer frequent live music and guest artists to round out the experience. AntoLin owners are into the experience and not about making a giant profit, making it a win/win for wine explorers.

Also, they offer customized wine club memberships. Members can choose between reds, whites or both. For four bottles of wine a year members receive discounts, waived tasting fees for themselves and two guests, invitations to “member only” events, and $25.00 winery credit for referrals.

From vine to pour, the Haralson’s oversee each batch of their lovingly crafted wine. Tony, having earned his certificate in winemaking from the University of California, ensures quality of the fruit in the vineyard. Linda manages the crush and bottling as well as special events when she’s not working at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Together, when they’re not working or enjoying their new friends at the tasting room, they hunt morel mushrooms and play with their three Siberian Huskies.

Overall, their wine is a best buy. Bottles range between $13 and $25, making this winery a top contender for wine loving bargain hunters. Balanced and well-liked vintages sourced locally and painstakingly developed in specifically designed barrels for each particular variety makes this winery a popular favorite for many.