#1 South of Walla Walla

Pepper Bridge Winery

1. It’s a mere 10-minute drive from the center of Walla Walla to Rasa Vineyards and our No. 9 Overall, but that’s far enough to find sweeping vistas and a picturesque old-timey tractor. 4122 Powerline Rd, Walla Walla, 509-252-0900; rasavineyards.com • By appointment only

2. South of Walla Walla and less than a mile from Oregon, Pepper Bridge Winery pours the No. 3 Merlot in a quaint beige tasting room with a view of the Blue Mountains and the winery’s own vineyards. 1704 J. B. George Rd, Walla Walla, 509-525-6502; pepperbridge.com 

3. The ultramodern tasting room at Amavi Cellars has a broad porch facing vineyards, the Blue Mountains, and sister winery Pepper Bridge; inside, the No. 2 Varietal White and No. 5 Sense of Place are poured at a large zinc bar. 3796 Peppers Bridge Rd, Walla Walla, 509-525-3541; amavicellars.com

4. There are five wines poured per tasting at Waters Winery, and that’s a good thing since they have our No. 10 Varietal White, No. 3 Cabernet Sauvignon, and No. 1 Food Friendly—for that last one, you’ll want to pack snacks for Waters’s green picnic grounds. 1825 aJ. B. George Rd, Walla Walla, 509-525-1590; waterswinery.com

5. Taste the No. 9 Syrah from the sunny patio at Dusted Valley Vintners and consider joining its wine club, awesomely named the Stained Tooth Society. 1248 Old Milton Hwy, Walla Walla, 509-525-1337; dustedvalley.com 


Crash The suites at Girasol Vineyard and Inn each feature a vineyard--front patio and a rainfall showerhead in the bathroom. Hot breakfast is served daily. 250 Girasol Ln, Walla Walla, 509-956-9743; casagirasol.com

Refuel Our wine list generally stays on this side of the state line, but your stomach doesn’t have to—
the Bank and Grill Catering Co. in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, is just four miles south of the border and serves hardy, meaty dinners. 601 N Main St, Milton-Freewater, Oregon, 541-429-3323; getgrill.com

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#2 Downtown Walla Walla 


1. Taste the No. 2 Syrah any Saturday at Gramercy Cellars, but know that the spring release usually sells out by early fall; the rest of the time you’ll get four or five other pours and century-old wood beams, old subway tiles, and a television showing soccer matches on the walls to keep you entertained. 635 N 13th Ave, Walla Walla, 509-876-2427; gramercycellars.com

2. At one time a blacksmith worked anvils in this old brick building; now Forgeron Cellars crafts the No. 4 Chardonnay in the same space, pouring about six wines per tasting during generous Thursday-to-Monday open tasting hours. 33 W Birch St, Walla Walla, 509-522-9463; forgeroncellars.com

Maison Bleue Winery

3. Though the Old World–inspired Maison Bleue Winery itself is in Prosser, the brand-new Walla Walla tasting room is in an old meat shop, where the No. 5 Overall—until it’s gone—and No. 1 Varietal White are poured Thursday through Sunday. 20 N Second Ave, Walla Walla, 509-525-9084; mbwinery.com

4. Former football player Drew Bledsoe of Doubleback only makes one wine for public sale, the No. 7 Cabernet Sauvignon, but his tastings are filled out with barrel samples of future releases while rock music plays on the flat screen above the tasting room’s quartz bar. 229 E Main St, Walla Walla, 509-525-3334; doubleback.com • By appointment only


Crash There are six suites at the downtown Walla Faces Inn, run by a winery of the same name, and all come with kitchens, fireplaces, and original artwork. 214 E Main St, Walla Walla, 877-301-1181; wallafaces.com

Refuel You’ve already gone round-the-world in wine styles; stay international at Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, dishing Turkish flat-bread and Burgundy-style snails. 125 W Alder St, Walla Walla, 509-525-2112; saffronmediterraneankitchen.com

Gramercy Cellars

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#3 Tri-Cities & Beyond


1. Things you can do at J. Bookwalter in addition to actually trying the No. 2 Cabernet Sauvignon and No. 1 Red Blend: Eat cheese and meat. Listen to live music. Play bocce. This stop could take awhile. 894 Tulip Ln, Richland, 509-627-5000; bookwalterwines.com

2.Tasting selections change every day at Fidelitas Wines, so you might luck out and get the No. 5 Cabernet Sauvignon as you take in the vineyard view at sycamore wood tables. 51810 N Sunset Rd, Benton City, 509-588-3469; fidelitaswines.com

Bunnell Family Winery

3. As part of Prosser’s Vintner’s Village, the Bunnell Family Winery tasting room is decorated to resemble a wine-maker’s house, one with superior hospitality: Pick your own selections for the four-wine tastings, and ask for the No. 8 Sense of Place if it’s not on the menu. 548 Cabernet Ct, Prosser, 509-973-4187; bunnellfamilycellar.com 

4.Milbrandt Winery is just a stumble away in the same village, and they offer a menu of shareable plates—ideal since they pour our No. 6 Food Friendly wine. 508 Cabernet Ct, Prosser, 509-788-0030; milbrandtvineyards.com 

5.Yes, the No. 1 Chardonnay is poured here at Côte Bonneville, but so is the No. 4 Sense of Place, and what a place it is: right at the vineyard, overlooking the Yakima River. Worth the 20-mile detour from Prosser. 2841 Fordyce Rd, Sunnyside, 509-840-4596; cotebonneville.com • By appointment only

Milbrandt Winery

CrashThe Courtyard Richland Columbia Point may be part of a chain, but it backs up onto the Columbia River and has rentable bicycles for the paved waterfront path. 480 Columbia Point Dr, Richland, 509-942-9400; marriott.com 

RefuelThough many of these wineries serve food, you can hop from J. Bookwalter over to Taverna Tagaris for flatbread pizzas and a daily happy hour. 844 Tulip Ln, Richland, 509-628-0020; tagariswines.com

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#4 Woodinville

DeLille Cellars

1. Park once for this entire trip—you won’t be walking far. The DeLille Cellars Carriage House Tasting Room, home of the No. 8 Red Blend, is just down the road from the winery itself and boasts outdoor seating. 14421 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE, Redmond, 425-877-9472; delillecellars.com  

2. They call the Den Hoed tasting room the Library, which explains the leather furnishings and roaring fireplace; see if you can taste the terroir in the No. 7 Sense of Place wine. 14450
Woodinville Redmond Rd, Ste 105, Woodinville, 425-408-1608; denhoedwines.com

3. The Ross Andrew Winery, where they pour the No. 11 Syrah, is an anchor of the centrally located Hollywood Schoolhouse group of tasting rooms. 14810 NE 145th St, Ste A2, Woodinville, 425-485-2720; rossandrewwinery.com

4.Sparkman Cellars, started by a sommelier and a wildlife biologist, is part of another Hollywood Schoolhouse block; come for the No. 7 Syrah. 14473 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville, 425-398-1045; sparkmancellars.com


CrashThe Willows Lodge is the best-known place to sleep in Woodinville, and its tucked-away Herbfarm Suites—steps away from the single-seating restaurant—offer French- and English-inspired decor. 14590 NE 145th St, Woodinville, 425-485-5300; theherbfarm.com

Refuel Located at the busiest roundabout in Woodinville Wine Country, The Station Pizzeria is prepared for the purple-toothed hordes with plentiful outdoor seating and a large wood-fired oven for their pizza. 14505 148th Ave NE, Woodinville, 425-408-0711; thestationpizzeria.com —Brianna Lantz

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#5 Seattle 

Ben Smith at Cadence Winery

1.Navigate the industrial environs of a South Park manufacturing park to score a Cadence Winery barrel sample and, if you time it right, a tasting of the No. 13 Overall and No. 2 Sense of Place. 9320 15th Ave S, Unit CF, South Park, 206-381-9507; cadencewinery.com • By appointment only 

2.Search among Georgetown’s breweries for Fall Line Winery, where the No. 2 Unsung Heroes was blended by a former Seattle U professor; he expects to pour it increasingly in coming months. 6122 Sixth Ave S, Georgetown, 206-768-9463; falllinewinery.com • By appointment only

3.What’s this—a super-convenient Roosevelt tasting room just off I-5 with regular Saturday tasting hours? You’re saving time on top of money with the No. 4 Bang for Your Buck at Eight Bells Winery. 6213B Roosevelt Way NE, Roosevelt, 206-321-5120; 8bellswinery.com 

4.If only every office complex included a 1,200-foot tasting space like the one Force -Majeure Vineyards has in Kirkland, where the three-time trophy winner usually pours at least one of the wines that made our list: No. 7 Overall, No. 3 Varietal Whites, and No. 3 Sense of Place. 12514 130th Ln NE, Kirkland, 425-998-7383; forcemajeurevineyards.com • By appointment only 


Crash You probably already have a bed in Seattle, so find a sweet sleep for your bottles instead at Phenol55, a space-age wine storage facility in the old Rainier Brewery that logs your stored vino in an iPad app. 5840 Airport Way S, Ste 113, 206-708-6540; phenol55.com

Refuel Add some pizza and salumi to your bellyful of booze on the patio at Via Tribunali, whose Neapolitan decor easily outshines the area’s Arby’s and Subway. 6009 12th Ave S, Georgetown, 206-464-2880; viatribunali.net —AW

Published: September 2013

This article appeared in the September 2013 issue of Seattle Met Magazine.

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