Tuesday, March 25, 2014
It’s rock 'n' wine history.
Walla Walla Village Winery, the winery that became known both for its wine and for a unique tasting room space that doubled as a museum to American artist Stanley Mouse, is closing in May, owners announced.
Barb and Lynn Irish Clark will close the tasting room at 107 S. Third Ave. when the lease is up. The space will be available for lease, and others interested in purchasing tasting room equipment or the fully restored antique bar that provided the backdrop to the tasting room can contact Village Winery.
Originally bonded in 1998, according to the winery website, the operation was resurrected in 2003. Son Joel Clark served as winemaker for the operation. Mouse, whose psychedelic creations became concert posters for Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Janis Joplin and numerous others, was hired to create the labels for the winery. Over the years, the tasting room space also became an open mic venue for performers.
Ideally another winery would lease the space and buy the bar so it wouldn’t have to be transferred out, Barb Clark said.
In the meantime she’s been reflecting on the journey, saying good-byes to longtime customers and preparing for retirement and visits to other tasting rooms as a customer.
“It’s been a great 11 years. We have met so many people from all over the world,” Clark said in an email. “We’ve learned so much and enjoyed the wine industry community.” She said anyone interested in the space or bar can call 525-9463.