5 Great Destinations for 2014

Dreaming of vinous visits in 2014

 


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Walla Walla

I just left Walla Walla, literally, and I'm already thinking of how to get back there. Once you deal with the fact that it is not easy to get to you can reconcile the effort with the ease of visiting within the region. Stay downtown at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and spend a day just walking from tasting room to tasting room. You could probably spend two days just doing that, and dining at the myriad restaurants of note in town but then there's so much more to do.

Spend a day at the airport and hit all the wineries there, or go to the south side of town and taste through the cluster of wineries around Pepper Bridge. But the ease of tasting isn't the only reason to come to Walla Walla, the wine are exciting and there's some impressive variety on offer from wonderful  Cabs, Merlot and Syrah to surprisingly delicious Carignan, Riesling, and even some Tempranillo and Grenache!

Two must visit wineries:

Seven Hills in town for classic expression of Bordeaux varieties.

Gramercy Cellars on the edge of town for some of the best Rhone styled Syrah.

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  • you forgot Slovenia :) Like Goriska Brda and other wine regions
    http://www.brda.si/eng/
    Best regards from sLOVEnia!

    Feb 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM


  • Snooth User: BCRed
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    Where is the first picture? It looks beautiful!

    Feb 24, 2014 at 12:02 PM


  • Snooth User: BCRed
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    Another great and beautifully scenic wine area is the Okanagan Valley. It's easier to get to than Walla Walla (I like Walla Walla as well)

    Feb 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM


  • What about France! Burgundy and Provence (for the Cote du Rhone wines) among other stellar destinations. If you want to have an artisanal wine tasting experience in an unspoiled place, that is world renown for its wines (and, rest assured, that's a tough combination --world reputation and unspoiled) then you really must go to some of the amazing villages in Burgundy OR you really must go off the beaten track in Provence. I highly recommend it. Having gone for many years now as part of my business, I'm still discovering "off the beaten track" places and still finding artisan producers whose pride in their production is inspiring.

    Feb 24, 2014 at 2:18 PM


  • Hey Greg,
    Need anybody to carry your bags?

    Feb 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM


  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
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    I hear Piemonte in May is really nice.

    Feb 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM


  • Snooth User: Ellvizzle
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    Recently traveled across Portugal and we loved it. Yes, you can find producers of port you would recognize, you can find a countryside gem you've never heard of, and that glass of 40 year tawny while simply drinking in the rolling vineyards that surround? Hard to beat . I won't say no to a glass of vinho verde or just a simple red table wine, either--had some lovely experiences involving food and wine, both. I will say, though, we drove between Port, the Douro valley and Lisbon, and it is not for the faint of heart, in my opinion (while I am a city driver--I say defensive driver, my husband would say aggressive, I suppose-- in the States, driving in another country can be different, indeed). Certainly added color to the trip, and I'm not sure how else you'd really be able to get around the Douro region otherwise, which is a lovely part of the world.

    Feb 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thank you all for the kind words! It's a great topic to discuss isn't it? I wonder what else we can do with it? And that cover photo is from South Africa, a bit tarted up one would imagine, but beautiful none the less.

    Feb 25, 2014 at 10:08 AM


  • Snooth User: EmilyDawn
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    Thank you for the great mention of Gramercy Cellars , Gregory! We really appreciated you taking the time to visit us.
    Sincerely,
    Emily Riley

    Feb 28, 2014 at 2:54 PM


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