Washington Wine Road Trip 2013

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2010 ITINERARY

DAY ONE - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th: SEATTLE

Seattle Skyline
 
 

We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Emerald City!  Enjoy the many stunning tourist and gastronomic options Seattle has to offer before and after a lovely Welcome Reception of world class Western Washington, Puget Sound AVA and Columbia Gorge AVA area wineries at The Space Needle from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm.  Say “Hello” to everybody...and then go off to our sparkling gem of a downtown.

10:00 am to 4:00 pm Shuttle from Sea-Tac to Edgewater Hotel
2:00 pm Room check-in and Road Trip registration in Edgewater Hotel lobby
4:00 pm Washington Wine Primer w/ Shayn Bjornholm, MS
4:30 pm Shuttle to the Space Needle
4:45 pm Seattle Welcome Reception - Our 11 AVA's 
6:15 pm Free time in Seattle

Go forth and be merry in our Emerald City!  One of the great gastronomic spots in the United States, Seattle offers an array of stunning dining and cocktailing opportunities.  See our Insider’s Scoop Guide for our favs!

 

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DAY TWO - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th: WALLA SQUARED

 
 

Start with a bang far out East in the Walla Walla Valley AVA!  Named after the indian term for "many waters", this bucolic small town has more than 100 wineries and dozens of named single vineyards.   Welcome to Washington Wine Country!

5:30 am Wake-up call
6:00 am Leave for SeaTac Airport
7:50 am Fly to Tri-Cities
8:45 am Hop the Bus to Walla Walla Vineyards 
10:00 am Vineyard Exercise
  • FIGGINS
  • Seven Hills Vineyard
  • Spring Valley Vineyard
  • Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard
12:15 pm Walla Walla Valley Luncheon at Brasserie Four 
1:45 pm Winery Exercises
  • Abeja
  • Buty Winery
  • Dusted Valley Vintners
  • Gramercy Cellars
  • K Vintners
  • L’Ecole N˚ 41 
  • Long Shadows Vintners
  • Pepper Bridge Winery
  • Seven Hills Winery
  • Sleight of Hand
  • Waterbrook Winery

4:00 pm Check-in at Marcus Whitman & downtime
6:00 pm Walla Walla Regional Tasting at Leonetti Cellar
7:30 pm Walla Walla Dinner at Leonetti Cellar
9:30 pm Hop the Bus to Walla Walla Wine Works
10:00 pm Beer Garden at Walla Walla Wine Works
11:00 pm Good night!

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DAY THREE - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th: ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES A CITY

 
 

Cross the majestic Columbia River to the Tri-Cities area of the Columbia Valley AVA and the eastern portion of the expansive Yakima Valley AVA, with its world-renowned Red Mountain sub-AVA.  Take lunch by the Columbia River...then dinner at a Canyon Ranch.

6:45 am Wake-up call
7:30 am Hop the Bus to Tri Cities
8:30 am Columbia Valley/Red Mountain Vineyard Exercise
  • Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
  • Goose Ridge Vineyard
  • Grand Reve 
  • Sagemoor

10:30 am Hop the Bus to Columbia River Luncheon
11:15 am Common Ground: Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Seminar 
12:30 pm Luncheon on the Columbia River with Gordon Brothers Winery
1:45 pm Tri-Cities/Columbia Valley/Red Mountain Winery Exercises
  • Badger Mountain Vineyards and Powers Winery
  • J. Bookwalter Winery
  • Col Solare
  • Fidelitas
  • Hedges Family Estate
  • Hightower Cellars
  • Pacific Rim
  • Terra Blanca Winery

4:30 pm Check-in at Richland Courtyard by Marriott & Down Time
5:45 pm Hop the Bus to Regional Tasting & Dinner
6:30 pm Tri-Cities/Red Mountain/Yakima Valley Regional Tasting
7:45 pm Dinner at Precept Brands’ Canyon Ranch followed by Pool Hall
10:00 pm Hop the Bus to Richland Courtyard by Marriott
11:15 pm Good Night!

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DAY FOUR - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th: ...NO (CASCADE) MOUNTAINS HIGH ENOUGH, NO (YAKIMA) VALLEY LOW ENOUGH...

 
 

Our state’s oldest, the Yakima Valley AVA continues further west and is home to a wide range of grapes, terroirs, wineries and wine styles to explore first hand.  Then, a gorgeous afternoon break in the majestic Cascade Mountains followed by an alpine dinner at 4,000 feet!

6:45 am Wake-up call
7:30 am Hop the Bus to Yakima Valley
8:45 am Yakima Valley Vineyard Exercises
  • Boushey Vineyards
  • Côte Bonneville’s DuBrul Vineyard
  • Andrew Will Winery’s Two Blondes Vineyard
  • Owen Roe at Red Willow Vineyard

10:45 am Hop the Bus to Red Willow Vineyard 
11:30 am Columbia Winery Red Willow Vineyard Library Wine Reception
12:00 pm Syrah in Washington State Seminar
1:15 pm Taco Truck and Cervezas
3:30 pm Check in to Suncadia Mountain Lodge 
7:00 pm Cascade Mountain Dinner at Swiftwater Cellars
9:30 pm Beer Hall
10:30 pm Good night!

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DAY FIVE - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th: WOODINVILLE!

 
 

Wrap it up in Woodinville!  This Western Washington winery hotspot is home to a cache of big and small wineries, in name and stature.  Take in our last wine seminar, enjoy a La Paulée Luncheon and group hug goodbye.  Take, take me home...with Washington wine forever on my mind.

7:00 am Wake-up call
7:45 am Hop the Bus to Woodinville
9:45 am Woodinville Winery Exercises
  • Betz Family Winery
  • Brian Carter Cellars
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • DeLILLE CELLARS 
  • EFESTĒ
  • JM Cellars
  • Sparkman Cellars

12:00 pm Washington Wine Seminar at Columbia Winery
1:30 pm Woodinville Regional Tasting at Columbia Winery
2:00 pm La Paulée de Woodinville at Chateau Ste. Michelle
4:00 pm Official Good Bye and Thank You!

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(PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

DUE TO LOGISTICAL CONCERNS, ATTENDEES WILL NOT BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST SPECIFIC EXERCISE HOSTS – THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING

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