Unique Tasting Room Offers Wine Lovers a Latin Twist in Walla Walla
WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON (June, 2015) —Walla Walla isn’t just about Bordeaux and
Rhône-inspired wines anymore!
With the opening of the Latin Corner, a unique shared tasting room in the heart of downtown
Walla Walla, wine lovers can now “travel” to the hills of Italy and the Spanish countryside for
an entirely fresh taste in Walla Walla.
Located at the corner of 2nd Street and E Rose Avenue, at the heart of Walla Walla’s bustling
tasting room center, the Latin Corner offers an elegant setting for learning and tasting
through Northwest grown Italian and Spanish varieties. Visitors can discover the charms of
Albariño and Rosato, the depths of Tempranillo and the nuances of Nebbiolo, and even experience
the only true Amarone-style wine made in America.
The Latin Corner showcases the winemaking prowess of Gino Cuneo, a 25-year veteran of
Italian-style winemaking, and Doug McCrea, a Northwest pioneer of Rhone and Spanish
varieties, both using fruit from unique Washington vineyards. The tasting room offers guests
a flight that includes the Italian-style wines of g.Cuneo and the Spanish inspired wines of
“There is no other tasting room in Walla Walla quite like the Latin Corner.”, explains Cuneo,
proprietor of g.Cuneo Cellars and founder of the Latin Corner. “We craft Northwest interpretations of classic Italian and Spanish wine varieties and styles from fruit that displays the
individual terroir of selected sites in the Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills and Wahluke
“The Latin Corner brings our individual winemaking passions together into a shared vision.”
says McCrea, founder of McCrea Cellars and Salida Wine. “Here, in a warm and friendly
environment, we get to share our love for Spanish and Italian wines with all our visitors and
The Latin Corner is open 11am to 5pm, Thursday through Monday.
About g.Cuneo Cellars.
Winemaker Gino Cuneo is a veteran of over 25 years making Italian-style wines from Northwest-
grown fruit. At g.Cuneo Cellars the focus is on “Italian Style, American Soil.” Without trying
to “imitate” Italian wines, g.Cuneo Cellars is committed to making the finest Northwest expression
of Italian grapes.
Following a belief that Washington has all the qualities needed to create world-class Sangiovese
and other Italian varieties, g.Cuneo Cellars focuses on advancing vineyard practices specific to
Italian varietals. Additionally having a firm understanding of classic Italian winemaking techniques Gino is able to retain their unique 'Italianess,’ with a Washington expression.
About Salida Wine
A true Northwest wine pioneer, Doug McCrea is a progenitor of Washington Syrah, Grenache
and Viognier, and many other varieties with origins in France’s Rhone Valley. Today, turning his
attention to the grapes of Spain, Salida is a true artisan label dedicated to the expression of Iberian
grapes, now with roots in the Pacific Northwest. Doug’s understanding of the imperative
necessity to match a vineyard site with the appropriate grape variety has been rewarded with
numerous highly acclaimed wines spanning nearly 30 years. Having realized his vision of over
two decades that Rhone varietal grapes would flourish in the soils of Washington, he again is
focused on bringing to the table wines that are currently unprecedented yet ultimately will become a prevalent expression of the growing renown of Washington State wine.