Washington Wine Highway

4:43 pm Wine

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the second annual Washington Wine Highway was held in Woodinville, and we decided to stop by. We missed it last year, but heard what a fabulous time people had there. It was a great day — warm but not hot — and we got there early. Without even trying, we somehow went in before the gates opened. We didn’t do it on purpose — there were no gates when we arrived!

But it gave us an early start to visit the booths of our friends at Brian Carter Cellars, Forgeron Cellars and Fall Line Winery before the crowds poured in. These three wineries make some of the best wine in Washington state. We also tried some wine that we recommend from Goose Ridge Winery. Check out our favorite wines at the Featured Picks page on our Web site, Write for Wine.

So what is the Washington Wine Highway? Four pavilions — tents really — on the beautiful lawns of Chateau Ste. Michelle  that represented Washington’s nationally recognized terroirs of Walla Walla, Puget Sound, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain and Columbia Valley. With your pre-purchased pass, you received tickets for wine tastes and appetizers from local restaurants. You walked along the “wine highway” (from pavilion to pavilion) to taste wine from all five of the great regions of Washington state.

Of course, there are more than 460 wineries in Washington state, so you couldn’t (and wouldn’t want to) taste all of them in one or two days! Besides, we had to leave room for a glass of wine and barbeque at Vino Bello to wrap up the long weekend.

But the Washington Wine Highway sure gave us enough of a sample to know which wineries we want to visit on our next wine-tasting trip! And we definitely will return to the Woodinville wine and food extravaganza next year. Cheers!

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