The connection between glass art and wine

By Katie Sims

Step into a world where art, wine, and friendship converge.

 Long Shadows Winery’s Chihuly Tasting Room celebrates the mesmerizing connection of glass art and wine, both born of organic materials. Surrounded by captivating glassworks of vibrant elegance, guests are transported to a realm where visual delight intertwines seamlessly with sensory indulgence—a testament to the enduring friendship shared by two visionaries, Long Shadows’ founder Allen Shoup and renowned artist Dale Chihuly. 

While CEO at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Allen and Dale joined forces to feature six Chihuly works on the winery’s first artist series collection, originally launched as a tribute to contemporary artists working with glass.

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Long Shadows was founded in 2002, and as the winery began to take shape Allen, an art collector himself, knew Dale’s work would provide the perfect backdrop for the winery’s tasting room. He brought Dale to Walla Walla shortly after purchasing the property on Frenchtown Road, and the pair conceived the Chihuly Tasting Room to heighten the setting’s aesthetics.

Long Shadows’ Chihuly Tasting Room is as much a celebration of a friendship as it a perfect marriage of glass and wine, both crafted from organic material, with glass treasured for its complex aesthetic value in much the same way wine is appreciated for its sensory appeal.

Guests visiting Long Shadows enjoy a memorable mix of art and wine. Tastings are held in Long Shadows’ Chihuly Tasting Room, featuring a collection of international glass artist Dale Chihuly’s work. USA Today readers have named Long Shadows to its Top 10 list of the Best Tasting Rooms in the country for five consecutive years (2019 – 2023).

The connection between glass art and wine: a taste of the art at Long Shadows