pacific northwest wineries [Moved from Wine Board]
we are planning a summer road trip and wondering about visiting wineries in oregon and washington - does anyone have any recommendations for good ones to visit, places to eat and stay along the way?
There are quite a few wineries in the NE suburbs of Seattle. The main town is Woodinville (close to Bellevue and Redmond). I think the most well known of the wineries is Chateau St. Michelle. My son used to live quite close by but unfortunately we never got to tour the vineyards. I can recommend the nearby Salish Lodge - the food is very good and you can also see the Twin Peaks waterfall across the road!
When we lived in Washington, we tried to make a yearly pilgrimage to Walla Walla in Eastern WA. The place is nothing but wineries, and some good ones at that. Woodward Canyon, Dunham, Canoe Ride, Seven Hills are among my favorites. L'ecole 41 is probably the biggest and fanciest, but I'll probably skip it if I make it out there again. Unfortunately, there's pretty much nothing else to do in Walla Walla so the nights are long. ;)
You are correct, these are probably the best wines produced in the Northwest. However, the post is asking for wineries to visit and the last I knew they did not have a facility open to the public on a regular basis.
For that you want to go to Woodinville (Northeast of Seattle), Yakima Valley (Yakima to Kennewick) or Walla Walla in southeastern Washington. In Oregon you want to go to Yamhill County (Dundee, McMinnville, Amity), about an hour southwest of downtown Portland.
In Oregon, add the following:
In WA, look for Badger Mountain/Powers
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