New Walla Walla tasting room under construction

A link on the K Vintners Facebook page this week offers a tantalizing peek into the construction taking place on downtown Walla Walla's Spokane Street.

The construction of a tasting room and retail space for Charles Smith Wines has been under way, but few details about the project have been revealed.

According to a posting on the K Vintners page, the new tasting room is set to open this spring. Seattle firm Olson Kundig Architects is designing the project. The company's work includes museums, commercial design, academic buildings, exhibit design, interior design, places of worship and residences.

A few renderings viewable on the website of the Walla Walla project convey a retail storefront with the name "The Velvet Devil." Check it out at olsonkundigarchitects.com and linking to projects in progress.