Blaine winery gets distribution in five counties

Dakota Creek Winery’s wine will soon be available in wine shops, grocery stores and restaurants in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Island and Snohomish Counties.

The family-owned winery in Blaine signed a distribution deal with Walton Beverage, a Ferndale-based pepsi distributor. Walton Beverage began distributing craft beer about six months ago, and two months ago they began distributing wine and spirits, said Prudy Carothers, wine sales manager at Walton Beverage.

Winery owner Ken Peck welcomed the deal.

“They specialize in the market and they know it. They’ve been established for so long, they know the contacts,” Peck said. “I really like making wine and I like running the tasting room at the winery. Marketing, outside sales and delivering — to me that was just a job, so this works out really well.”

Formerly, Dakota Creek Winery wine was only available at the winery at 3575 Haynie Road in Blaine, and in a few locations in Northern Whatcom County, including BelleWood Acres and Semiahmoo Resort.

The winery has a wine club with 1,100 members who either pick up wine at the winery or have it delivered to their home.

Peck calls his winery a “retirement job,” but he’s waiting to see if the distribution agreement means he’ll need to make more wine.

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