Most of the vineyards in Washington are in the Columbia Valley or Walla Walla, several hours drive from Seattle. If you do not have the time or inclination to head all that way you can take advantage of the fact that many of them have set up tasting rooms in nearby Woodinville for you to try and purchase some of the award winning wines this region produces. Make no mistake, these are not fancy places, but the wine is good, the groups are small and someone else does the driving. Our guide was knowledgeable and more importantly, had he foresight to pack crackers and snacks so she didn’t have to call for the bellman to deposit us in our rooms after the tour.
The wineries you visit changes up depending on the day and the driver – We went to see Lauren Ashton, Caelano, Kestrel and a number of others. We bought wine at each and they happily boxed it up for us in a case that could be checked as baggage on the plane.
We decided to do the day tour but they have overnight excursions to the Columbia Valley and Walla Walla as well.
We went to half a dozen wineries, met the wine makers in most instances, were able to have them sign our bottles that we bought to take home. There were a dozen people on the tour, strangers, a motley crew. At first I thought they were either all dull or obnoxious. Of course after half a dozen wineries I thought they were the cat’s ass.