Tapps Owl Wines was born out of a love for wine and desire to learn more about it.
Tapps Owl’s Inspiration
Pictured is our namesake inspiration for Tapps Owl. Driving down a dark ride late night in the summe of 2017, a family friend found almost ran over this Bard Owl that was laying in the middle of the road. After carefully placing the owl in the back of his truck, he brought him to the farmhouse in hopes we could recover on his own and fly away. After monitoring the owl for 24 hours, it was obvious that our one-eyed friend was severely hurt and would need veterinary care. We delicately wrapped him in a towel and drove him to the Puget Sound Wildcare center in Covington, where he made a full recovery and was successfully released back into the wild. After we had purchased the farm and were thinking of a name for our new business, we decided to honor this wise fellow by calling our brand Tapps Owl and making our logo a watercolor portrait of him with one bright, shining gold eye. Cheers to you, Mr. Owl. Thanks for swooping into our lives.
It seems crazy to wake up one day and want to make wine – and it sort of is – but after purchasing our farm in 2017, we saw the potential for something big. We enlisted the help of our invaluable winemaker, Josh Neely, who brought our vision to life with his expert vintner skills, knowledge of the Washington State wine industry and years of winemaking to the Tapps Owl brand. We source our grapes from the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer and honor our region by creating insanely delicious wine.
We find that the devil is in the details (and can be the most fascinating part) and knowing exactly what goes in to producing and bottling wine is not only educational but allows you to feel good about what you’re drinking. Our aim is to show you each and every step of the winemaking process so you can learn along with us and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Cheers.