Wine & Travel

Snooth User: shsim

Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington

Posted by shsim, Nov 15, 2012.

Hello gang,

Im turning to the best group of people to go to for wine and travel advice! Im heading up to Portland, Oregon then driving up to Seattle, Washington and then 45 mins away from Walla walla at a friends after Christmas for New Years!

I know North Willamette is right by Portland so was wondering if there are places any Snoothers recommend? 

Also for Washington, I have not quite figured out where exactly my friend lives but he said 45 mins before Walla Walla driving from Seattle and that there are plenty of good wine around him. Well, any general recommendations for Washington? 

Apart from wine, I welcome any traveling, nature, must-sees around the region! Thank you!




Reply by JonDerry, Nov 15, 2012.

Nice, you'll have a great time Shi.

The only thing I know about Oregon is I'd like to visit St. Innocent, they're in Salem. Here's a link to where they're at.

Have heard in Washington you can literally throw a dart and find good wines and times. Will let you know if I find any rec's nearby

Reply by anchca, Nov 15, 2012.

Hi! You will have a great time! I may have some suggestions but I'd like to know a little more about the type of wine you like to drink and things you want to see etc. How much time will you have in OR? There are some wonderful wineries and beautiful vineyards in the Willamette Valley! Also some great breweries and restaurants. Walla Walla will be great too. If you can get an appointment at Rasa I definitely recommend visiting them. Also, we really enjoyed aMaurice among others. How much time will you have in the Walla Walla area?

Reply by JonDerry, Nov 15, 2012.

I'll sign off on Rasa, one of the hottest wineries in WA...

Reply by shsim, Nov 15, 2012.

Haha sounds like a need to make a call! :)

I enjoy dry reds, nothing specific. My time in OR or Washington is pretty flexible just as long as i keep the entire trip to 8 days roughly. And my boyfriend loves both wine and beer, hes got the beer part down so im left with the wine side. Other than wine, I enjoy exploring city, the food and nature hiking!  

Reply by outthere, Nov 15, 2012.

Domaine Drouhin Oregon is about an hour SW of Portland. Well worth the trip.

Just East of Seattle you will find DeLille Cellars stuck between Woodinville and Redmond. Awesome Rhone varietals in their Doyenne lineup.

Reply by napagirl68, Nov 15, 2012.

Via a virtual tasting here, I discovered Stoller Vineyards.  I really like the pinot, and Oregon is not my fave pinot region.   Back when, I also enjoyed Bethel Heights, but it's been a few years, and it's more south than you prolly will go.


Reply by Lucha Vino, Nov 16, 2012.

For Portland you should check out the Portland Urban Wineries.  Helioterra and Vincent are both great and located in the new SE Wine Collective.  I.m heading there this weekend for a pre Thanksgiving party and will also be visiting Enso and Seven Bridges.  I will report back next week on Portland 


Are you going to Seattle or Walla Walla in Washington?  They are on opposite sides of the state.  Here is a link for the Seattle Urban Wineries.  There are lots of great ones on this list too.

 One thing to keep in mind is that most of the wineries and tasting rooms will only be open on the weekends.

let me know where you will be in Washington and I can make some more recommendations for you.



Reply by GregT, Nov 16, 2012.

shsim - a lot of the wineries in Washington cart the wines west for crushing, etc. Not all of them though, and I would visit Chateau St Michelle. They have a tasting room and they're open daily. They're one of the reasons WA wine is well-known and for a huge winery, they do a really good job year in and year out.

Hedges also has an open tasting room and they're worth looking at. Some of the really small producers tend to be boutique operations and they don't have facilities for visitors, etc. Some of the better ones that do include Woodward Canyon, which also has a restaurant for some dinner. You can also visit the nearby Pepper Bridge and Cougar Crest.

Whatever you do, call ahead to make sure they're open!  Don't imagine that what's on a website is going to be up to date in all cases - it's not Napa and you're going in the off-season. 

Have a great time.

And here's a great resource for Walla Walla.

BTW - don't forget history. Chief Joseph is buried on the Colville Indian Reservation. If you know his story, it's the place for a moment of reflection. And you can still see ruts of the Oregon Trail in many places. It's always worth taking a day or so off wine and doing some hiking IMO.


Reply by outthere, Nov 16, 2012.

And you can still see ruts of the Oregon Trail in many places. It's always worth taking a day or so off wine and doing some hiking IMO.

Bring snacks just in case. ;) 

Oh, wait, that was another mountain crossing.

Reply by shsim, Nov 16, 2012.

Wow thanks for all the suggestions guys! I can always count on Snoothers for wine travel! :)

OT, I just checked the drive from Portland to Domaine Drouhin, only an hour! So might do that and head north and do a loop back to Portland. :)

Lucha, those urban wineries look great! It would be nice to have local wines while visiting the city.. The local restaurant probably carry plenty of regional wines too! I would love to hear back about your experience in Portland!

Thanks for the advice Greg! I have had wines from Chateau St michelle and Hedges (the CMS). Also anyone heard of Bookwalter? I enjoyed their wines when they had a tasting in San Diego! 

Haha and yes, this is not a trip centered on wine but rather the places itself so there definitely will be some sights seeing, hiking etc.. although im not sure how well i will do in the cold. 

We are staying in Seattle and then going somewhere near Walla Walla to visit a friend! 

Reply by shsim, Nov 16, 2012.

Oh I believe that my friend lives in Richland, WA! 

Reply by Lucha Vino, Nov 16, 2012.

Excellent! You can find all kinds of great wineries between Seattle and Walla Walla.  I would suggest not stopping until you get to Yakima.  Otherwise, you will never make it to Walla Walla!

If you do stop in Yakima you should go to the Gilbert Cellars tasting room.  Great wines that are in the 20-30 dollar range.

After Yakima there are all kinds of options along the road to Walla Walla.  I will post some more recommendations later when I post my Portland update.

You will have a great vacation.  Let me know when you are in Seattle and maybe we can connect to visit some of the urban wineries.  I am pretty familiar with most of them and know a decent number of the wine makers.

Reply by Lucha Vino, Nov 16, 2012.

Oh, and I forgot to say that Bookwalter is really nice.  I have had their Foreshadow cab and they also have a NV 10 dollar red blend that is quite good for the price.  The latest release is called Note Book.  I think the first one was called Book Mark.

Reply by jtryka, Nov 16, 2012.

Richland is not far from Walla Walla, and I highly recommend visiting there, you won't be disappointed.  I agree with Greg T,  Woodward Canyon is great, and it's right next door to L'Ecole No. 41, which is my favorite located in an old school house, and their tasting room is beautiful.  Cougar Crest is also very nice, I stopped there on my last visit, along with Reininger (also just up US 12), and Long Shadows is rumored to be great (I haven't been out there, you need to call ahead for an appointment and I ran out of time).  3 Rivers is also nice, it's on old US 12.  Make sure you go downtown and visit Seven Hills (they are like L'Ecole, one of the original wineries in Walla Walla) and try to visit Forgeron as well, their winemaker is a wonderful French woman who is doing a lot of interesting blends.  On my first visit to Walla Walla for wine back in 2000, there were perhaps 20 wineries it seemed, and now there are nearly 150!  So there will be plenty to see, and the guide Greg linked is very helpful too, but don't be afraid to ask the folks where you stop where they would advise you to go next, you can find some unexpected surprises, which is how I found Forgeron.  Make sure you report back what you saw and enjoyed!

Reply by shsim, Nov 18, 2012.

Thanks for the advice guys! Looking forward to a great trip! Lucha! Gilbert sounds good! My friend is very familiar with most of the wineries in Richland so we are likely to taste plenty there! and I would love to meet up in Seattle! It would be great to put a face behind the mask haha. 

Yes i have enjoyed their wines too. i think their NV was called subplot with a different number each year. Just saw it in the local wine store yesterday.

L'Ecole sounds fun! it would be more interesting to get good wine and learn about the history of Walla Walla! Haha of course! I will prepare a full report! :)

Reply by Julia Crowley, Nov 18, 2012.

There are so many incredible wineries near Portland. Of course, almost all of the wineries offer fantastic Pinot Noirs, but many offer other varietals as well. Do you prefer boutique wineries or larger producers? By California standards, however, most of our wineries are considered boutique with limited production! If interested, I could put you in touch with a wine consultant in the PDX area that has some great smaller wineries on his list. Cheers, and have a wonderful time while visiting the Willamette Valley!

Reply by jamessulis, Nov 21, 2012.

One of the nicest winerys to visit in Washington is Maryhill in Goldendale, Washington. It's NE of Portland by 117 miles on the North side of the Columbia River. Their tasting room is quite nice, the grounds are beautiful and they have an outdoor Concert Venue although this time of year they may not have concerts going on. They have many different types of whites and especially reds which cover the Cabs, syrah's and Cabernet Francs. Use Snooth to find the different wines they have to offer at Maryhill. One other note, they produce an excellent Port which is one of my favorites. Have a beautiful trip.

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest


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