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Aug 4, 2008 02:48 PM

Woodinville Tasting Rooms?

Going to SEA next week to visit some friends. They don't want to go all of the way to the Willamette Valley and suggested Woodinville. Any thoughts or suggestions for tasting rooms or restaurants?

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  1. Chateau Ste. Michelle winery and Columbia Winery are right across the street from one another. Check with the wineries to see if they are open to the public on certain days.

    I hear that The Herbfarm is a great restaurant.

    1. I was there a couple of weeks ago, I went to the two wineries jpc8015 mentioned and also to Facelli and Januik, which were closeby on Woodinville-Redmond Road. I liked the wines best at Januik (Januik shares a tasting room with Novelty Hill also). Facelli was a great "mom & pop" winery, I bought a very good Syrah there, and the winemaker was nice enough to sign the bottle for me. I went to Chateau Ste Michelle first, and the lady that was pouring that day gave me a brochure of Woodinville Wineries with a map that was very helpfull. If you like beer as well, Redhook Brewery is next to Columbia Winery and they have a restaurant called Forecasters Pub that has pretty good "pub grub" (obviously not in the same category as The Herbfarm, but if you looking for something faster/cheaper/more casual it is good).

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      1. re: jcoz23

        thanks for the tips. I will check em out

        1. re: chrisinroch

          Since we live right outside of Woodinville, we visit the wineries frequently. Check the Woodinville Wine Country website for any events taking place while you are there as well as for info on most of the wineries. Personally we find that going to the small warehouse wineries can be a lot more fun that visiting the bigger ones, though Novelty Hill/Januik is worth a visit. The only limitation is that most of the smaller ones are only open on Saturdays. There are also a couple in the area that aren't on that website such as Chatter Creek and a new one, Senoj.

          As to restaurants, the Herbfarm is definitely an "event" restaurants though the recent reviews since the departure of Jerry Traunfeld would make me think twice before spending that amount of money. Also at the Willows Lodge is the Barking Frog, still pricey but cheap compared to "The Herbfarm". The Fireside Lounge at the Herbfarm also serves food in the evening and now has a Happy Hour weekdays between 4:30 and 6:30. Purple's original location is in Woodinville and is open for lunch and dinner. Unfortunately Woodinville doesn't have many good restaurants.

      2. Delille Cellars is good, but open by appointment only, and there is a $15 fee. Personally, I think it's worth it, but I'm becoming somewhat of a wine snob :-)

          1. If you're into beer, Redhook has an interesting tour and tasting.