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Must-See Wineries in Washington?

Posted by VegasOenophile, Aug 5, 2011.

Going to Seattle this coming week and was looking for advice on any must-visit wineries in Columbia Valley/Woodinville.  We're looking at Matthews and Hestia.  Any others folks have had a great experience at that are worthy of a stop in or appointment?


Reply by Lucha Vino, Aug 6, 2011.

There are tons of wineries and tasting rooms in Woodinville.  I haven't been over there, but here is a list of the wineries I would recommend.  I can't say how their facilities or staff are.  I can vouch for the wine, but not the experience!

  • Alexandria Nicole
  • Betz
  • Cave B
  • Edmonds Winery
  • efeste'
  • J Bookwalter
  • Januik
  • Mark Ryan
  • Northest Totem
  • Otis Kenyon
  • Pepper Bridge

I can say the guys (and wine) at Hestia are awesome.  If Cole (their marketing guy) is there you will have a great time.

Here is a link to more information on Woodinville and another one

The Columbia Valley is really large and covers a major part of the state's vineyards and smaller AVAs.  For my personal tastes, I really like the Red Mountain AVA and Wahluke Slope.  These are about half way across the state so about a 2-3 hour drive from Seattle & Woodinville.

Lake Chelan is also a fun place to go for wine and outdoor activities.  Also about 3 hours from Seattle. There is a handfull of wineries that are hidden gems (in my opinion).  If you can get there I would check out

  • Tildio
  • Hard Row to Hoe
  • Nefarious
  • Vin du Lac
  • T'Sillan
  • Chelan Estate
  • Tunnel Hill
  • Karma

If you have time you should get over to Walla Walla.  It is about a 5-6 hour drive from Seattle and has a huge number of wineries.  It would be worth the trip if you have time to get over there.

Hope this helps!

Reply by Lucha Vino, Aug 6, 2011.

A couple of things I forgot.  If you are here next weekend the South Seattle Artisan Wineries are open for tastings.  I would recommend checking them out.

Also, there is the Urban Enoteca tasting room that features 8 wineries including Fielding Hills, Fidelitas, Kiona, Cave B and Five Star Cellars.  Cool atmosphere and a great way to check out this wineries that are all located on the East side of the state.

Ok, that's it.  I am off to get a few hours of sleep before riding my bike to Vancouver BC!

Reply by dmcker, Aug 6, 2011.

If you're going to Walla Walla, which for wine purposes is as good as it gets in Washington State, it'd be quicker accessing from Spokane. Unless you want to spend a day driving to and from from Seattle.

Vello, maybe we can trade stories at some point about your cycling trip and one I made a few years back by Kayak to Vancouver then over to Vic then down to Port Angeles. At which point we'd had enough kayak for awhile....

Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 9, 2011.

"enough kayak for awhile..."  Can't imagine why.

Reply by Lucha Vino, Aug 9, 2011.

D - Good one!  I think my wife has "had enough of riding her bike with me for awhile..."  We made it to Canada, spent yesterday kicking around Vancouver and then rode Amtrak back home today.  My favorite BC wines were both Cab Francs -  Tinhorn Creek and  Hester Creek Definitely not an exhaustive exploration of the BC wines, but enough to settle on Cab Franc as the grape from the Okanagan that I liked the most.

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