Coho Restaurant welcomes Chad Johnson, wine grower and owner of Dusted Valley Wines for a winemaker’s dinner on May 17, 2019. He and his brother-in law Corey Braunel, two proud Wisconsin farm kids, set out in 2003 to fulfill a dream of crafting world-class wine in Washington State. Corey was raised on a ginseng farm and his wife and sister-in law on a large 250-acre dairy farm. Chad, the city slicker of the group, hails from a big town of 12,000. The winery maintains a connection to their Badger State roots by sourcing American White oak barrels from Wisconsin, close to their family’s homestead. The extremely tight-grain oak, unique to this region, frames the wines and doesn’t take center stage. Dusted Valley’s sustainable farming practices, attention to detail and extremely low yields produces grapes of infinite quality.
The Dusted Valley Family
Chad, Corey and their wives are the Dusted Valley Family. They came to their new profession with varied corporate and educational backgrounds. They hold true to their agricultural roots and deep-spirited beliefs of camaraderie and community. The Dusted Valley family is thrilled to make wine and raise their families in the foot hills of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla. “We make wines we like to drink,” says Chad Johnson. And we like to drink their wines and we are sure you will too. So let’s “crack a cap” and share a glass with a perfectly curated dinner prepared by Chef Ryan. (Dusted Valley is the first Washington winery to use screw cap closures on it wine.) We promise a fun evening of delicious locally sourced food and convivial banter with Chad.
Taste the Best of Washington Wine making
Stay tuned, we will post our full menu here shortly. These evenings are always memorable and sell out quickly. Dinner is $55/person for 5 courses and $45 for the optional wine pairing. There is one seating for dinner at 6 p.m.
Why stop with a fantastic dinner when you can enjoy a sumptuous gourmet-style breakfast as well? When you dine at Coho Restaurant for one of our special events, stay at the Tucker House Inn for only $129 per night. The Inn is just a block and a half away making it the perfect home-away-from-home.
Reservations open! Call 360.378.6330 or online.