About Me:

Denise cut her teeth in the exciting world of AOR radio in the greater Seattle area in the 80s, where career opportunities took her as far away as Jacksonville, Florida. Returning to Puget Sound in search of real mountains and a decent latte, she spent the next 15 years in marketing for A/E design firms. Currently, Denise focuses on internet writing, tending the family's urban farm, and enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Smasne Cellars   0
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9/16/2013

Woodinville’s Warehouse District may have more “curb” than the “appeal” of the Tourist District a few miles south, but it does boast a cadre of respected winemakers among the industrial rows of tasting rooms. Robert Smasne is one of those winemakers.

A WSU graduate who maintains a strong connection with the institution,
Robert Smasne has been affiliated with more than a half-dozen Washington wineries, mentored by the state’s most influential winemakers ranging from Columbia’s David Lake to Christophe Baron of Cayuse Vineyards. In 1996, Smasne debuted his first ... Read full review



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Covington Cellars   0
4.5
9/2/2013

One can only do so much wine tasting without nourishment, and you would probably agree that wineries that offer more than cheese and crackers really set themselves apart in the world of sipping and swishing. Covington Cellars has capitalized on this concept with a mouthwatering array of both tapas-like bites to elaborate dinners to sooth the savage sipper.

The Place:  Covington opened in 2005, making it one of the first Woodinville wineries, #19 actually, to settle in this nondescript but vintner-rich corner of suburbia. It’s somewhat mystifying that they chose a location tucked in a far ... Read full review



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Karma Vineyards   0
4.5
8/25/2013

The <a href="http://www.americanwineryguide.com/regions/lake-chelan-wineries/">Lake Chelan area</a> is full of surprises – and perhaps the last place you would expect to find a bit of France just a stone’s throw from <a href="http://www.americanwineryguide.com/regions/washington-wineries/">Washington State</a>’s deepest lake. <a href="http://www.americanwineryguide.com/wineries/karma-vineyards/">Karma Vineyards</a> is fairly unique among <a href="http://www.americanwineryguide.com/wineries/?state=202&sname=Washington">Washington wineries</a> and contains the region’s only sparkling wine-filled caves. And what better place for the cool respite of caves than a region known for 100-degree days? <strong>The Place:</strong>&nbsp&nbspKarma’s lush landscaping, expansive tiled patio and picnic areas would normally more than satisfy a visitor’s inclination to indulgently imbibe on the winery’s well-known food and wine pairings. But the mystique of the wine caves draws thousands of visitors each year, providing a unique location for gatherings (the winery’s popularity for <a href="http://www.goodkarmawines.com/events/weddings">weddings</a> and <a href="http://www.goodkarmawines.com/events/corporate-private-events">special events</a> is widespread). Karma’s <a href="http://www.goodkarmawines.com/restaurant/18-brix-restaurant">18 Brix Restaurant</a> has a well-deserved reputation for gourmet offerings. Local residents raved about the rack of lamb, Ahi with sweet mango sauce and steamer clams. During the summer, early birds may take advantage of seats by the Koi pond or walk over a bridge to grassy areas by the stream. <strong>The Experience:</strong>&nbsp&nbspFirst on the agenda was to check out the caves. An eerie amber glow lit the grape-infused grotto; straight ahead, the largest of the rooms was hosting a birthday celebration. Another alcove held barrels. The iconic riddling racks tempted visitors to sample the effects of the yeasty bubbles fermenting inside. Famished from two previous winery visits, I decided to see if 18 Brix lived up to its reputation. A small, cozy spot near the fireplace welcomed me to lunch on flatbread, but I took a spot near the window on a café table to chat with locals. The steamer clams seemed a proper companion for a tasting of champagne and chardonnay. I got more than I bargained for, both in portion size and flavor. I expected the sriracha to have a kick, but was surprised by the heavy dose of garlic bathing the steamers. Thankfully, I was sleeping alone that night. <strong>The Wines:</strong>&nbsp&nbspKarma offers several options for flights, and it’s a great way to sample: I chose a red/white mixture and the champagne varietal pack, Two $46 offerings from 2009, the “Brut” and <a href="http://www.goodkarmawines.com/wines/archive/Our-Wines/2009-Methode-Champenoise-Brut-de-Brut">2009 Methode Champenoise Brut de Brut</a> show hints of toasty biscuit popping onto the tongue; a less saliva-sapping alternative is the brighter and slightly less expensive <a href="http://www.goodkarmawines.com/wines/Our-Wines/2009-Estate-Pink-Methode-Champenoise">Estate Pink Methode Champenoise</a> with overtones of strawberry. If your meal calls for Chardonnay, compare the <a href="http://www.goodkarmawines.com/wines/archive/Our-Wines/2009-Chardonnay">2009</a> and <a href="http://www.goodkarmawines.com/wines/Our-Wines/2010-Chardonnay">2010 bottlings</a>, both at $24.99. Look for apple and pear in the former, with more melon and creamy butter in the latter. Slightly less dry and under $20 is the Estate Dry <a href="http://www.goodkarmawines.com/wines/Our-Wines/2010-Estate-Dry-Rose-Eh">Rose-Eh</a>! (a Seattle Wine Awards winner). Fruity berry flavors lead to watermelon and honey. While puzzling that the Chelan region grows Pinot Noir in this hot climate, bingo! a <a href="http://www.goodkarmawines.com/wines/Our-Wines/2009-Estate-Pinot-Noir">2007 Estate Pinot Noir</a> appeared in my glass with essence of tobacco on the nose and a $24.99 price tag. The <a href="http://www.goodkarmawines.com/wines/archive/Our-Wines/2008-Estate-Pinot-Noir">2008 Estate Pinot Noir</a> with black currant (or was that black tea?) is available at $34.99. And then there’s a pair of 2008 and 2009 reds called simple, “<a href="http://www.goodkarmawines.com/wines/Our-Wines/2009-TRY">Try</a>”. I won’t give away the meaning behind the peculiar name, but I can vouch for its harmonious and complex structure and a hint of the cherry/berry essence we’ve come to expect.

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Swiftwater Cellars   0
4.5
6/18/2013

Pop quiz time: name a winery situated atop a coal mine. Stumped? Ok. Name a winery located on a golf course. Intrigued? You should be! The right answer to both queries is Swiftwater Cellars, a unique and highly successful winery located within the upscale grounds of the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. Less than 90 minutes from Seattle, it’s an easy day trip, or it could be the best part of a long weekend stay with friends or family.

The Place:  The massive building that houses the "tasting bar" (winery facilities are located below ... Read full review



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Tunnel Hill   0
4.5
6/4/2013

After a long drive from Seattle, Tunnel Hill is a welcome sight for visitors entering the Chelan city limits. The cheery staff and wide variety of wines are just the ticket to satisfy visitors making the trek to the beloved watery playground of the Okanogan Valley.

The Place:  Tunnel Hill Winery is comprised of an impressive grouping of structures that appear to have been plucked from the England countryside. Owners Denny and Jaclyn Evans have spent years transforming the former farmland into a bucolic stone-based complex built from the rocks of the Knapps Hill tunnel a few ... Read full review



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Saviah Cellars   0
4.5
5/6/2013

“You can take the boy out of the country….” well, you know the saying. And it’s true. When Montana transplants Rich and Anita Funk settled in the fertile valley of Walla Walla, they brought a piece of the Big Sky state with them. Rich’s background in microbiology at Montana State prompted a foray into beer making, but after moving nearly 600 miles west, he succumbed to the romance of the Vinifera. After a few early years experimenting with the finer points of fermentation, this self-taught winemaker opened Saviah Cellars in 2000 with an initial batch of 300 ... Read full review



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Seven Hills Winery   0
4.5
5/1/2013

How savvy is the winemaker who is opens a tasting room in one of Walla Walla’s most historically significant buildings adjacent to a fabulous restaurant? Would it not be socially responsible and prudent to retain the architectural elements of the original structure while creating a captivating space that tastefully melds old and new? Thankfully, owners Vicky and Casey did just that, thoughtfully restoring the space into a light, airy and welcoming tasting room in the heart of Walla Walla.

The Place:  The Enterprise Planing and Furniture Company, built in 1880, houses both the Seven Hills Winery ... Read full review



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Va Piano Vineyards   0
3.5
4/26/2013

The intrinsic benefit of Walla Walla tasting is immersing oneself into the family-run estate winery. Driving past rows of plantings to reach a welcoming tasting room and sitting among the vines to sip estate wines captures the essence of the tasting experience. Adding a touch of Italy is a multicultural experience. Va Piano is such a winery.

Va Piano is not a family name, but rather, a philosophical outlook, “Chi va piano, va sano e ya lontana” (or, “he who goes slowly goes safely and goes far”). The phrase stuck with four-generation owner and winemaker ... Read full review



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Sparkman Tourist District Tasting Room   0
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3/2/2013

A successful Seattle sommelier with his roots in the south, Chris "Sparky" Sparkman produced his first vintage in 2004 with the help of Mark McNelly of Mark Ryan Wines. Not surprisingly, the two recently were joined together again in the "Tourist" district, where Mark Ryan settling in the retail space adjacent to his protégée.

The winery’s reputation is "on fire" for a relative newcomer; named as one of the Top 100 wineries in the world by Wine and Spirits magazine, the last several vintages have been prominently included on Wine Spectator’s top 100, and Seattle Met magazine ... Read full review



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Sparkman Cellars   0
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3/2/2013

A successful Seattle sommelier with his roots in the south, Chris “Sparky” Sparkman produced his first vintage in 2004 with the help of Mark McNelly of Mark Ryan Wines. Not surprisingly, the two recently were joined together again in the “Tourist” district, where Mark Ryan was settling in the retail space adjacent to his protégée.

The winery’s reputation is “on fire” for a relative newcomer; named as one of the Top 100 wineries in the world by Wine and Spirits magazine, the last several vintages have been prominently included on Wine Spectator’s top 100 , and Seattle ... Read full review



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Kestrel Vintners - Leavenworth   0
3.5
1/26/2013

Walk into a Starbucks or a Costco; whether you’re in Waikiki or Woodinville, London or Leavenworth, and the format is consistent: layout, construction materials, color palette and ambiance are remarkably similar. Wine tasting rooms, however, should reflect the ambiance of the city where they’re located; a good example is Kestrel Vineyards. Each of their three locations (technically two in Prosser, one each in Leavenworth and Woodinville) boast wine tasting facilities truly tailored to their clientele and surroundings.

The Place:  Leavenworth’s wine tasting tourist industry is growing faster than you can say “pass the brats”. Kestrel was one of ... Read full review



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Kestrel Vintners - Woodinville   0
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1/26/2013

Walk into a Starbucks or a Costco; whether you’re in Waikiki or Woodinville, London or Leavenworth, and the format is similar: layout, construction materials, color palette and ambiance are remarkably similar. Wine tasting rooms, however, should reflect the ambiance of the city where they’re located; a good example is Kestrel Vineyards. Each of their three locations (technically two in Prosser, one each in Leavenworth and Woodinville) reflect wine tasting facilities truly tailored to their clientele and surroundings.

The Place:  The Woodinville Warehouse District has a respectable number of remarkable wineries with bland storefront facades and cookie cutter tasting ... Read full review



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Silvara Vineyards   0
4.0
1/26/2013

Amongst the kitschy Bavarian-themed retailers and wine sellers in this vacationer’s mecca, one winery stands out as the Napa/Sonoma equivalent of a high-end, destination winery…Silvara Vineyards. Sitting majestically on a knoll overlooking the Peshastin hills and above the tourist haven Smallwood’s Harvest, Silvara offers a retreat from the throngs of visitors crowding the narrow streets downtown.

The Place:  Silvara Vineyards is the brainchild of winemaker Gary Seidler and golf pro Cindy Rarick. Evidently the golf business has been very, very good for Cindy, as they have created a beautiful lodge-like tasting room just far enough outside Leavenworth to ... Read full review



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Des Voigne Cellars and B Side Brewing   0
3.5
1/19/2013

Have you ever left for a day of wine tasting chanting the mantra, “no more wine clubs” and then broken the promise before the day was done? The likelihood is greater if three factors fall into place: A) the pouring staff is utterly charming, B) the wines are exceptional, or C) the winery’s ambiance is so inviting that you never want to leave. Or maybe all three. Darren Des Voigne has certainly mastered the art of the first two. The third is only limited by the space allowed in the catacombs of the Woodinville Warehouse District.

The ... Read full review



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Arbor Crest Wine Cellars   0
4.5
11/10/2012

In 1924, inventor Royal Newton Riblet built an imposing three-story mansion overlooking the Spokane Valley. Little did he know that nearly 90 years later, his estate would build a reputation as Spokane’s premier wine tasting and special event venue.

The Place:  The original Florentine manse can be seen from more than 10 miles away, and Riblet’s ingenuity and attention to detail pays high dividends for both patrons and the current owners. Many aspects of Riblet’s original design are still evident. His famous invention, the square wheeled tractor, stands in tribute on the 75 acre property. A large oversized ... Read full review



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Latah Creek Wine Cellars   0
3.5
11/10/2012

Fans of the movie, Oh Brother Where Art Thou? will recall the scene where actor Charles Durning refers to a musical recording as "old timey." It stuck in my head while visiting Latah Creek, one of Spokane’s two founding wineries. While Arbor Crest, the other 1982 entry, has created something of a majestic mega-complex high on the hill overlooking Spokane, its counterpart in the valley seems a bit stuck in time.

The Place:  Latah Creek’s website describes its setting as "picturesque." Considering that while sipping Merlots and Chardonnays one overhears the sounds of I-90 literally in ... Read full review



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Isenhower Cellars - Woodinville   0
3.5
5/20/2012

You don’t need a degree in Oenology to start your own winery – just ask Denise and Brent Isenhower, who started making wines as a hobby and have grown their business from meager beginnings to two tasting room locations in Washington State.

The Place:  Isenower's Woodinville location is easy to miss if you’re coming from the downtown core via 522. If you see Januik Winery, you’ve gone too far. Coming from the Hollywood area, it’s easier to spot on the west side of Woodinville-Redmond Road. At least the small storefront has the advantage of a good sized parking ... Read full review



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J. Bookwalter - Woodinville   0
4.0
5/20/2012

Bookwalter’s Woodinville location offers the same upbeat service and comfortable surroundings as does its award-winning Flagship tasting room in Richland - just in a condensed version.

The Wines:  The Bookwalter family makes sure their wines take on the family name; varietals are titled Bookmark, Footnote, Protagonist, Subplot, and Notebook … you get the idea. You might not take this seriously until you discover they are sourced from 30-year old vineyards. The age of these vines limits yields, and small lots can sell out quickly - it took 6 months for the new vintage of their signature "Subplot" red ... Read full review



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Woodward Canyon Winery   0
4.0
5/19/2012

Even a reputation as one of Washington State’s oldest and most respected wineries sometimes means you have to give your image a little facelift to compete with fresh new facilities popping up in the Walla Walla region. Woodward Canyon has risen to the challenge; tempting visitors with a new tasting room experience in a sustainable new facility and offering a secondary line of affordable quality wines to compete with the ever-growing competition in the Columbia Valley.

The Place:   Woodward Canyon is the first major stop on Highway 12 after a 30-minute drive from the Tri-Cities, and a ... Read full review



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Sleight of Hand Cellars   0
3.5
5/19/2012

Do you consider yourself a hip wine drinker with the inside scoop on the latest up and coming wineries? Maybe you’re a closet Pearl Jam or rock and roll album collector? Or perhaps you have a fascination with magic. If any of these are true, you’re about to meet your new best friend. Trey Busch is the heart and soul of this “funkadelic” winery – and the mystery might be just how Trey makes wines that consistently score highly in the national wine “rags”.

The Place:  Formerly located across from the famous Marcus Whitman hotel in downtown Walla ... Read full review



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Isenhower Cellars   0
3.5
5/19/2012

You don’t need a degree in Oenology to start your own winery – just ask Denise and Brent Isenhower, who started making wines as a hobby and have grown their business from meager beginnings to two tasting room locations in Washington State.

The Place:  The Walla Walla winery and tasting room is located on a picturesque piece of land in rural Walla Walla. The barnlike structure houses the tasting room, a bottling facility, and ample space for hosting private events and wine-related festivities.

The Experience:  The Walla Walla location has more scenic surroundings, but a smaller ... Read full review



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J. Bookwalter   0
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5/19/2012

Bookwalter’s award-winning Flagship tasting room in Richland is an oasis to the weary wine taster; comfy chairs and tables in a restaurant atmosphere, five separate patios and mouth-watering morsels and affordable wines create a relaxing and memorable experience in the heart of the Tri Cities.

Richland Flagship Tasting Room:  Conveniently located just off Highway 182 in Richland, the tasting room was originally the home of founder Jerry Bookwalter. Opened in 1983, the facility underwent a major remodel after 20 years - the effort earned it Sunset’s 2010 Winery Tasting Room of the Year award.

The ... Read full review



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Williamson Wines   0
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Downtown Healdsburg is home to 20 or so tasting rooms within a six-block radius – if one is busy, you’re just a few feet away from the next opportunity. Williamson’s marketing strategy to combat this congestion is to tempt visitors with food pairings and free tastings, then persuade you to become part of their “family” (aka wine club) and indulge in a variety of lavish options for tempting culinary and wine-related activities.

The Place:  Williamson has three separate tasting areas in their storefront facility; the main bar, a “wine club” tasting room able to seat 10-12 people comfortably ... Read full review



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Korbel Champagne Cellars   0
4.5
5/19/2012

The story of how three Bohemian brothers came to America and carved a 125-year legacy in the champagne business certainly seems like reason enough to pop a bottle of bubbly. And it’s probably sufficient to warrant a trip to the outskirts of the Sonoma Valley for a tour of this giant in the winemaking business.

History:  This massive operation on the edge of the Redwood Forest more closely resembles a factory than a winery. The Korbel brothers forged a career in lumber manufacturing, but when the timber industry toppled, they turned to farming and eventually experimented with growing ... Read full review



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Dry Creek Vineyard   0
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5/19/2012

If you’re eager to start your wine tasting early in the day, Dry Creek Winery is a good place to start. This Dry Creek Valley original evokes a feeling of old time California winemaking in a friendly, comfortable facility with wines that are respectable enough to serve at a major movie award ceremony.

The Place:  The ivy-covered gray sandstone building was built for $150,000 in 1973; a plaque in the tasting room gives testament to the effort and pride in constructing the facility 40 years ago, although minor and major remodels have been completed in the past few ... Read full review



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DeLoach Vineyards   0
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5/19/2012

If you “follow the Olivet Road” you can spend an entire weekend visiting wineries located within a 1-mile stretch of vineyards just outside of Santa Rosa. DeLoach Vineyards has been growing and harvesting wines in this location for 40-years, making it a true “Russian River” original.

The Place:  It’s refreshing to experience a working farm as part of a wine tasting experience, and there is plenty of space to explore at DeLoach’s estate. Their welcoming tasting room is flanked by an entryway of comfortable couches, tables and chairs on stone patios. Behind the tasting room is the “guest ... Read full review



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Francis Ford Coppola Winery   0
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A winery worthy of “the Godfather” himself, Francis Ford Coppola’s newest facility is a massive spectacle just off Highway 101 in Geyserville, California. It’s well worth a visit. No matter your age, there’s something here for everyone. After all, how many wineries can boast an Olympic sized swimming pool?

The Place:  Coppola’s fascination with the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen was the inspiration for the winery’s design, and we agree the complex has achieved his dream of a place where “people of all ages can enjoy the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and ... Read full review



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Urban Enoteca   0
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3/18/2012

Recession? What recession? Clearly, there’s no evidence of an economic downturn within the upscale walls of Urban Enoteca, Seattle’s combination wine tasting/special event facility.

The Vision:    After 12 successful years in the real estate business, owner Terry Thompson was inspired by San Francisco’s Press Club and followed his dream to open a similar operation in Seattle. Capitalizing on his love of wine and business savvy, he converted a run-down warehouse into an oasis of oenology; creating a comfortable one-stop wine tasting experience in South Seattle. Thompson had substantial support from his four children, who comprised a ... Read full review



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Efeste Wines   0
4.0
3/18/2012

If negotiating the Woodinville warehouse winery cluster has you “over a barrel,” Efeste Winery may be the perfect detour from the tourist-laden traffic jam at the north end of the wine tasting region.

The Place: Located in a small business cul-de-sac on a hillside overlooking the industrial district, Efeste has the advantage of a spacious parking lot and tasting room facility that’s big enough to accommodate mid-size groups but intimate enough to feel at home. Aptly described as reflecting a “New York Loft” style design, the modern stainless steel and wood-infused space includes office, kitchen, and “living ... Read full review



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Columbia Winery   0
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3/18/2012

The second oldest winery in Woodinville does what any facility in the shadow of wine giant Chateau Ste. Michelle would do: provide a personalized tasting experience in a large and comfortable tasting room, offer a wine club with unmatched benefits at a reasonable price, and bask in the knowledge that your age-old vines produce some of the most luxurious vintages in the state.

The Place: Columbia celebrates their 50th anniversary in 2012, and from an inspired founding by half a dozen University of Washington professors, they survived a few rocky bumps to become a mainstay in ... Read full review



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Januik - Novelty Hill   0
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3/18/2012

With more than 80 wineries in the Woodinville valley, how do you set yourself apart? 1) Build a 33,000 facility next to the two of the largest tasting rooms in the area 2) Use award-winning architects to create a distinctive facility that serves multiple functions, and 3) Boast an internationally recognized winemaker with 25 years of experience, more than 10 of them with Chateau St. Michelle. Januik (pronounced Jan-uk) and Novelty Hill wineries have joined forces to do that – and more.

The Place: Architects will explain in great detail how the Januik/Novelty Hill facility ... Read full review



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Chateau Ste. Michelle   0
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3/18/2012

Undeniably, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the granddaddy of Washington wines. Their gorgeous 80+ acre estate opened in the 1970s and continues to reign as one of the Seattle area’s most popular tourist attractions.

The Place: Located approximately 25 minutes from the heart of Downtown Seattle, Ste. Michelle is designed to accommodate large crowds on their beautiful grounds, with world-class wines and a facility to match. Plan to spend at least an hour sipping wines and browsing their multi-roomed tasting operation, or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the tiered trout ponds, old growth trees and beautiful ... Read full review



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Brian Carter Cellars   1
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3/18/2012

Brian’s Carter’s reputation as an award-winning winemaker is the heart and soul of this quaint tasting facility located in the Hollywood area of the Woodinville Tasting region.

The Place: A half-hour drive from Downtown Seattle, the tasting room is part of a cluster of wine tasting establishments located in the southern edge of Woodinville. The welcoming yellow building features an outside covered patio area and a “Club Members” room that serves as overflow on busy summer weekends. One advantage of this facility is their location opposite a string of strip-mall tasting rooms, with plenty of parking ... Read full review



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J. Bookwalter - Woodinville   0
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Bookwalter’s Woodinville location offers the same upbeat service and comfortable surroundings as does its award-winning Flagship tasting room in Richland - just in a condensed version.

The Wines:  The Bookwalter family makes sure their wines take on the family name; varietals are titled Bookmark, Footnote, Protagonist, Subplot, and Notebook … you get the idea. You might not take this seriously until you discover they are sourced from 30-year old vineyards. The age of these vines limits yields, and small lots can sell out quickly - it took 6 months for the new vintage of their signature "Subplot" red ... Read full review



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Isenhower Cellars - Woodinville   0
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You don’t need a degree in Oenology to start your own winery – just ask Denise and Brent Isenhower, who started making wines as a hobby and have grown their business from meager beginnings to two tasting room locations in Washington State.

The Place:  Isenower's Woodinville location is easy to miss if you’re coming from the downtown core via 522. If you see Januik Winery, you’ve gone too far. Coming from the Hollywood area, it’s easier to spot on the west side of Woodinville-Redmond Road. At least the small storefront has the advantage of a good sized parking ... Read full review



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Brian Carter Cellars   1
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Brian’s Carter’s reputation as an award-winning winemaker is the heart and soul of this quaint tasting facility located in the Hollywood area of the Woodinville Tasting region.

The Place: A half-hour drive from Downtown Seattle, the tasting room is part of a cluster of wine tasting establishments located in the southern edge of Woodinville. The welcoming yellow building features an outside covered patio area and a “Club Members” room that serves as overflow on busy summer weekends. One advantage of this facility is their location opposite a string of strip-mall tasting rooms, with plenty of parking ... Read full review



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Chateau Ste. Michelle   0
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Undeniably, Chateau Ste. Michelle is the granddaddy of Washington wines. Their gorgeous 80+ acre estate opened in the 1970s and continues to reign as one of the Seattle area’s most popular tourist attractions.

The Place: Located approximately 25 minutes from the heart of Downtown Seattle, Ste. Michelle is designed to accommodate large crowds on their beautiful grounds, with world-class wines and a facility to match. Plan to spend at least an hour sipping wines and browsing their multi-roomed tasting operation, or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the tiered trout ponds, old growth trees and beautiful ... Read full review



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Januik - Novelty Hill   0
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With more than 80 wineries in the Woodinville valley, how do you set yourself apart? 1) Build a 33,000 facility next to the two of the largest tasting rooms in the area 2) Use award-winning architects to create a distinctive facility that serves multiple functions, and 3) Boast an internationally recognized winemaker with 25 years of experience, more than 10 of them with Chateau St. Michelle. Januik (pronounced Jan-uk) and Novelty Hill wineries have joined forces to do that – and more.

The Place: Architects will explain in great detail how the Januik/Novelty Hill facility ... Read full review



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Columbia Winery   0
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The second oldest winery in Woodinville does what any facility in the shadow of wine giant Chateau Ste. Michelle would do: provide a personalized tasting experience in a large and comfortable tasting room, offer a wine club with unmatched benefits at a reasonable price, and bask in the knowledge that your age-old vines produce some of the most luxurious vintages in the state.

The Place: Columbia celebrates their 50th anniversary in 2012, and from an inspired founding by half a dozen University of Washington professors, they survived a few rocky bumps to become a mainstay in ... Read full review



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Efeste Wines   0
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If negotiating the Woodinville warehouse winery cluster has you “over a barrel,” Efeste Winery may be the perfect detour from the tourist-laden traffic jam at the north end of the wine tasting region.

The Place: Located in a small business cul-de-sac on a hillside overlooking the industrial district, Efeste has the advantage of a spacious parking lot and tasting room facility that’s big enough to accommodate mid-size groups but intimate enough to feel at home. Aptly described as reflecting a “New York Loft” style design, the modern stainless steel and wood-infused space includes office, kitchen, and “living ... Read full review



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Urban Enoteca   0
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Recession? What recession? Clearly, there’s no evidence of an economic downturn within the upscale walls of Urban Enoteca, Seattle’s combination wine tasting/special event facility.

The Vision:    After 12 successful years in the real estate business, owner Terry Thompson was inspired by San Francisco’s Press Club and followed his dream to open a similar operation in Seattle. Capitalizing on his love of wine and business savvy, he converted a run-down warehouse into an oasis of oenology; creating a comfortable one-stop wine tasting experience in South Seattle. Thompson had substantial support from his four children, who comprised a ... Read full review



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Francis Ford Coppola Winery   0
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A winery worthy of “the Godfather” himself, Francis Ford Coppola’s newest facility is a massive spectacle just off Highway 101 in Geyserville, California. It’s well worth a visit. No matter your age, there’s something here for everyone. After all, how many wineries can boast an Olympic sized swimming pool?

The Place:  Coppola’s fascination with the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen was the inspiration for the winery’s design, and we agree the complex has achieved his dream of a place where “people of all ages can enjoy the best things in life – food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and ... Read full review



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DeLoach Vineyards   0
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If you “follow the Olivet Road” you can spend an entire weekend visiting wineries located within a 1-mile stretch of vineyards just outside of Santa Rosa. DeLoach Vineyards has been growing and harvesting wines in this location for 40-years, making it a true “Russian River” original.

The Place:  It’s refreshing to experience a working farm as part of a wine tasting experience, and there is plenty of space to explore at DeLoach’s estate. Their welcoming tasting room is flanked by an entryway of comfortable couches, tables and chairs on stone patios. Behind the tasting room is the “guest ... Read full review



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Dry Creek Vineyard   0
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If you’re eager to start your wine tasting early in the day, Dry Creek Winery is a good place to start. This Dry Creek Valley original evokes a feeling of old time California winemaking in a friendly, comfortable facility with wines that are respectable enough to serve at a major movie award ceremony.

The Place:  The ivy-covered gray sandstone building was built for $150,000 in 1973; a plaque in the tasting room gives testament to the effort and pride in constructing the facility 40 years ago, although minor and major remodels have been completed in the past few ... Read full review



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Korbel Champagne Cellars   0
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The story of how three Bohemian brothers came to America and carved a 125-year legacy in the champagne business certainly seems like reason enough to pop a bottle of bubbly. And it’s probably sufficient to warrant a trip to the outskirts of the Sonoma Valley for a tour of this giant in the winemaking business.

History:  This massive operation on the edge of the Redwood Forest more closely resembles a factory than a winery. The Korbel brothers forged a career in lumber manufacturing, but when the timber industry toppled, they turned to farming and eventually experimented with growing ... Read full review



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Williamson Wines   0
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Downtown Healdsburg is home to 20 or so tasting rooms within a six-block radius – if one is busy, you’re just a few feet away from the next opportunity. Williamson’s marketing strategy to combat this congestion is to tempt visitors with food pairings and free tastings, then persuade you to become part of their “family” (aka wine club) and indulge in a variety of lavish options for tempting culinary and wine-related activities.

The Place:  Williamson has three separate tasting areas in their storefront facility; the main bar, a “wine club” tasting room able to seat 10-12 people comfortably ... Read full review



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J. Bookwalter   0
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Bookwalter’s award-winning Flagship tasting room in Richland is an oasis to the weary wine taster; comfy chairs and tables in a restaurant atmosphere, five separate patios and mouth-watering morsels and affordable wines create a relaxing and memorable experience in the heart of the Tri Cities.

Richland Flagship Tasting Room:  Conveniently located just off Highway 182 in Richland, the tasting room was originally the home of founder Jerry Bookwalter. Opened in 1983, the facility underwent a major remodel after 20 years - the effort earned it Sunset’s 2010 Winery Tasting Room of the Year award.

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Isenhower Cellars   0
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You don’t need a degree in Oenology to start your own winery – just ask Denise and Brent Isenhower, who started making wines as a hobby and have grown their business from meager beginnings to two tasting room locations in Washington State.

The Place:  The Walla Walla winery and tasting room is located on a picturesque piece of land in rural Walla Walla. The barnlike structure houses the tasting room, a bottling facility, and ample space for hosting private events and wine-related festivities.

The Experience:  The Walla Walla location has more scenic surroundings, but a smaller ... Read full review



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Sleight of Hand Cellars   0
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Do you consider yourself a hip wine drinker with the inside scoop on the latest up and coming wineries? Maybe you’re a closet Pearl Jam or rock and roll album collector? Or perhaps you have a fascination with magic. If any of these are true, you’re about to meet your new best friend. Trey Busch is the heart and soul of this “funkadelic” winery – and the mystery might be just how Trey makes wines that consistently score highly in the national wine “rags”.

The Place:  Formerly located across from the famous Marcus Whitman hotel in downtown Walla ... Read full review



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Woodward Canyon Winery   0
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Even a reputation as one of Washington State’s oldest and most respected wineries sometimes means you have to give your image a little facelift to compete with fresh new facilities popping up in the Walla Walla region. Woodward Canyon has risen to the challenge; tempting visitors with a new tasting room experience in a sustainable new facility and offering a secondary line of affordable quality wines to compete with the ever-growing competition in the Columbia Valley.

The Place:   Woodward Canyon is the first major stop on Highway 12 after a 30-minute drive from the Tri-Cities, and a ... Read full review



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Latah Creek Wine Cellars   0
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Fans of the movie, Oh Brother Where Art Thou? will recall the scene where actor Charles Durning refers to a musical recording as "old timey." It stuck in my head while visiting Latah Creek, one of Spokane’s two founding wineries. While Arbor Crest, the other 1982 entry, has created something of a majestic mega-complex high on the hill overlooking Spokane, its counterpart in the valley seems a bit stuck in time.

The Place:  Latah Creek’s website describes its setting as "picturesque." Considering that while sipping Merlots and Chardonnays one overhears the sounds of I-90 literally in ... Read full review



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Arbor Crest Wine Cellars   0
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In 1924, inventor Royal Newton Riblet built an imposing three-story mansion overlooking the Spokane Valley. Little did he know that nearly 90 years later, his estate would build a reputation as Spokane’s premier wine tasting and special event venue.

The Place:  The original Florentine manse can be seen from more than 10 miles away, and Riblet’s ingenuity and attention to detail pays high dividends for both patrons and the current owners. Many aspects of Riblet’s original design are still evident. His famous invention, the square wheeled tractor, stands in tribute on the 75 acre property. A large oversized ... Read full review



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Des Voigne Cellars and B Side Brewing   0
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Have you ever left for a day of wine tasting chanting the mantra, “no more wine clubs” and then broken the promise before the day was done? The likelihood is greater if three factors fall into place: A) the pouring staff is utterly charming, B) the wines are exceptional, or C) the winery’s ambiance is so inviting that you never want to leave. Or maybe all three. Darren Des Voigne has certainly mastered the art of the first two. The third is only limited by the space allowed in the catacombs of the Woodinville Warehouse District.

The ... Read full review



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Silvara Vineyards   0
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Amongst the kitschy Bavarian-themed retailers and wine sellers in this vacationer’s mecca, one winery stands out as the Napa/Sonoma equivalent of a high-end, destination winery…Silvara Vineyards. Sitting majestically on a knoll overlooking the Peshastin hills and above the tourist haven Smallwood’s Harvest, Silvara offers a retreat from the throngs of visitors crowding the narrow streets downtown.

The Place:  Silvara Vineyards is the brainchild of winemaker Gary Seidler and golf pro Cindy Rarick. Evidently the golf business has been very, very good for Cindy, as they have created a beautiful lodge-like tasting room just far enough outside Leavenworth to ... Read full review



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Kestrel Vintners - Woodinville   0
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Walk into a Starbucks or a Costco; whether you’re in Waikiki or Woodinville, London or Leavenworth, and the format is similar: layout, construction materials, color palette and ambiance are remarkably similar. Wine tasting rooms, however, should reflect the ambiance of the city where they’re located; a good example is Kestrel Vineyards. Each of their three locations (technically two in Prosser, one each in Leavenworth and Woodinville) reflect wine tasting facilities truly tailored to their clientele and surroundings.

The Place:  The Woodinville Warehouse District has a respectable number of remarkable wineries with bland storefront facades and cookie cutter tasting ... Read full review



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Kestrel Vintners - Leavenworth   0
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Walk into a Starbucks or a Costco; whether you’re in Waikiki or Woodinville, London or Leavenworth, and the format is consistent: layout, construction materials, color palette and ambiance are remarkably similar. Wine tasting rooms, however, should reflect the ambiance of the city where they’re located; a good example is Kestrel Vineyards. Each of their three locations (technically two in Prosser, one each in Leavenworth and Woodinville) boast wine tasting facilities truly tailored to their clientele and surroundings.

The Place:  Leavenworth’s wine tasting tourist industry is growing faster than you can say “pass the brats”. Kestrel was one of ... Read full review



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Sparkman Cellars   0
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A successful Seattle sommelier with his roots in the south, Chris “Sparky” Sparkman produced his first vintage in 2004 with the help of Mark McNelly of Mark Ryan Wines. Not surprisingly, the two recently were joined together again in the “Tourist” district, where Mark Ryan was settling in the retail space adjacent to his protégée.

The winery’s reputation is “on fire” for a relative newcomer; named as one of the Top 100 wineries in the world by Wine and Spirits magazine, the last several vintages have been prominently included on Wine Spectator’s top 100 , and Seattle ... Read full review



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Sparkman Tourist District Tasting Room   0
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A successful Seattle sommelier with his roots in the south, Chris "Sparky" Sparkman produced his first vintage in 2004 with the help of Mark McNelly of Mark Ryan Wines. Not surprisingly, the two recently were joined together again in the "Tourist" district, where Mark Ryan settling in the retail space adjacent to his protégée.

The winery’s reputation is "on fire" for a relative newcomer; named as one of the Top 100 wineries in the world by Wine and Spirits magazine, the last several vintages have been prominently included on Wine Spectator’s top 100, and Seattle Met magazine ... Read full review



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Va Piano Vineyards   0
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The intrinsic benefit of Walla Walla tasting is immersing oneself into the family-run estate winery. Driving past rows of plantings to reach a welcoming tasting room and sitting among the vines to sip estate wines captures the essence of the tasting experience. Adding a touch of Italy is a multicultural experience. Va Piano is such a winery.

Va Piano is not a family name, but rather, a philosophical outlook, “Chi va piano, va sano e ya lontana” (or, “he who goes slowly goes safely and goes far”). The phrase stuck with four-generation owner and winemaker ... Read full review



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Seven Hills Winery   0
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How savvy is the winemaker who is opens a tasting room in one of Walla Walla’s most historically significant buildings adjacent to a fabulous restaurant? Would it not be socially responsible and prudent to retain the architectural elements of the original structure while creating a captivating space that tastefully melds old and new? Thankfully, owners Vicky and Casey did just that, thoughtfully restoring the space into a light, airy and welcoming tasting room in the heart of Walla Walla.

The Place:  The Enterprise Planing and Furniture Company, built in 1880, houses both the Seven Hills Winery ... Read full review



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Saviah Cellars   0
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“You can take the boy out of the country….” well, you know the saying. And it’s true. When Montana transplants Rich and Anita Funk settled in the fertile valley of Walla Walla, they brought a piece of the Big Sky state with them. Rich’s background in microbiology at Montana State prompted a foray into beer making, but after moving nearly 600 miles west, he succumbed to the romance of the Vinifera. After a few early years experimenting with the finer points of fermentation, this self-taught winemaker opened Saviah Cellars in 2000 with an initial batch of 300 ... Read full review



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Tunnel Hill   0
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After a long drive from Seattle, Tunnel Hill is a welcome sight for visitors entering the Chelan city limits. The cheery staff and wide variety of wines are just the ticket to satisfy visitors making the trek to the beloved watery playground of the Okanogan Valley.

The Place:  Tunnel Hill Winery is comprised of an impressive grouping of structures that appear to have been plucked from the England countryside. Owners Denny and Jaclyn Evans have spent years transforming the former farmland into a bucolic stone-based complex built from the rocks of the Knapps Hill tunnel a few ... Read full review



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Swiftwater Cellars   0
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Pop quiz time: name a winery situated atop a coal mine. Stumped? Ok. Name a winery located on a golf course. Intrigued? You should be! The right answer to both queries is Swiftwater Cellars, a unique and highly successful winery located within the upscale grounds of the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum. Less than 90 minutes from Seattle, it’s an easy day trip, or it could be the best part of a long weekend stay with friends or family.

The Place:  The massive building that houses the "tasting bar" (winery facilities are located below ... Read full review



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Karma Vineyards   0
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The Lake Chelan area is full of surprises – and perhaps the last place you would expect to find a bit of France just a stone’s throw from Washington State’s deepest lake. Karma Vineyards is fairly unique among Washington wineries and contains the region’s only sparkling wine-filled caves. And what better place for the cool respite of caves than a region known for 100-degree days?

The Place:  Karma’s lush landscaping, expansive tiled patio and picnic areas would normally more than satisfy a visitor’s inclination to indulgently imbibe on the winery’s well-known food and wine ... Read full review



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Covington Cellars   0
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One can only do so much wine tasting without nourishment, and you would probably agree that wineries that offer more than cheese and crackers really set themselves apart in the world of sipping and swishing. Covington Cellars has capitalized on this concept with a mouthwatering array of both tapas-like bites to elaborate dinners to sooth the savage sipper.

The Place:  Covington opened in 2005, making it one of the first Woodinville wineries, #19 actually, to settle in this nondescript but vintner-rich corner of suburbia. It’s somewhat mystifying that they chose a location tucked in a far ... Read full review



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Smasne Cellars   0
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Woodinville’s Warehouse District may have more “curb” than the “appeal” of the Tourist District a few miles south, but it does boast a cadre of respected winemakers among the industrial rows of tasting rooms. Robert Smasne is one of those winemakers.

A WSU graduate who maintains a strong connection with the institution,
Robert Smasne has been affiliated with more than a half-dozen Washington wineries, mentored by the state’s most influential winemakers ranging from Columbia’s David Lake to Christophe Baron of Cayuse Vineyards. In 1996, Smasne debuted his first ... Read full review



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