Going Quickly: Passport to Woodinville Tickets

You’d better act soon to buy tickets to Woodinville wine country’s kickoff spring event – the extremely popular Passport to Woodinville. This event is such a fan fave that more than 1,000 tickets were sold within the first 24 hours!

The two-day event will be held on April 18 and 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and features pours from more than 30 wineries. It’s also an opportunity to meet winemakers and learn more about this exciting growth area of Washington wine country.

Ticket prices: Two day tickets – $60. Sunday only – $40. Tickets can be purchased at Woodinville Wine Country’s website. 

Participating wineries include Adams Bench, Anton Ville Winery, Baer Winery, Brian Carter Cellars, Chandler Reach, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Covington Cellars, Cuillin Hills Winery, Des Voigne Cellars, DiStefano Winery, Edmonds Winery, Efeste, Gordon Brothers Tasting Room, Guardian Cellars, Hestia Cellars, Hollywood Hill Vineyards, J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio, Matthews Estate, Northwest Totem Cellars, Page Cellars, Pomum Cellars, Red Sky Winery, Sparkman Cellars, Silver Lake Winery, Washington Wine Company/Patterson Cellars, William Church Winery, Woodhouse Family Cellars, Woodinville Wine Cellars and XSV.

If you love St. Nick’s weekend, this one’s for you. It’s similar to St. Nick’s but warmer outside! If you’ve never been to St. Nick’s weekend, check out my first blog post after the event: Amazing Woodville Wines.


Update: Washington Wines Rock Event

This just in – more details about Saturday’s Washington Wines Rock! event at Efeste Wines in Woodinville.  Three more wineries have been added to the festivities, including two new wineries – Eklipse and Rotie Cellars.

Here is the full list of wineries and winemakers, who will be pouring 3-7 samples, including some pre-release tastings:

In addition to Washington state wines, there will also be rocking good music by the band “Creeping Time” and brick oven pizza. The event is happening from 3 – 7 p.m. and the proceeds from the $25 tickets go to a great cause — the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The event is limited to 300 people, so buy your tickets here soon! We hope to see you there!


More than $1 million to WSU Wine Program

This great news arrived in my inbox today: “A Celebration of Washington Wines” dinner and auction held a week ago at Chateau Ste. Michelle raised more than $180,000, which lifted net proceeds to more than $1 million for Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Program.

According to Dan Bernardo, dean of the WSU College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, attendance at the event was lower than in recent years but the generosity of the state’s wine enthusiasts continued.

“Washington’s wine industry remains a bright spot in the state’s economy, and we deeply appreciate the generosity of those who attended in supporting the WSU program that provides the research and training that supports the industry,” Bernardo said. “In the current economic climate, the showing of support is even more critical, and even more appreciated.”

Now this next part of the press release contains statistics that are well known to our state’s wine enthusiasts, but it always makes me feel good to repeat it!

“Washington is second only to California in domestic wine production, and its wines are internationally known for their premium quality. An analysis pegged the wine industry’s total economic benefit to the state at $3 billion annually. Today, there are nearly 600 wineries in the state and more than 30,000 acres in wine grape production.”