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2011 ITINERARY

DAY ONE - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25rd: EMERALD CITY WELCOME

 
 

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 Washington State wineries 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- Road Trip Washington Wine Shuttle from Sea-Tac to Edgewater Hotel
4:00 pm
2:00 pm- Room check-in and Road Trip registration in Edgewater Hotel lobby
4:00 pm
4:00 pm Hop the Shuttle from Hotel to Welcome Reception at the Space Needle
4:30 pm Washington Wine Primer w/ Shayn Bjornholm, MS at the Space Needle
5:10 pm Seattle Road Trip Welcome Reception with the 11 AVA’s of Washington
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 26th: 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/Fonte Coffee Roasters Espresso Drinks offered at The Edgewater Hotel
6:00 am Leave for SeaTac Airport
7:50 am Fly to Tri-Cities - Horizon Air
8:45 am Hop the Bus to Walla Walla Vineyards/Breakfast on the Bus (60 minutes) 
10:00 am Walla Walla Valley Vineyard Exercise (105 minutes)
  • Cadaretta - Southwind Vineyard
  • FIGGINS Estate Vineyard
  • Les Collines Vineyard
  • Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard
12:00 pm Walla Walla Valley Luncheon at Brasserie 4
1:30 pm "White Wines of Washington: Bursting!" Seminar at The Marcus Whitman Hotel
2:30 pm Walla Walla Valley Winery Exercise Hosts’ Attendee Pick Up at The Marcus Whitman Hotel
2:45 pm Winery Exercises
  • Abeja 
  • Buty Winery
  • Dusted Valley Vintners
  • Gramercy Cellars
  • K Vintners
  • L’Ecole N˚ 41 
  • Northstar
  • Pepper Bridge Winery
  • Waterbrook Winery
4:45 pm Check-in at Marcus Whitman & downtime
5:45 pm Fonte Coffee Roasters Espresso Drinks offered at Marcus Whitman Hotel 
6:15 pm A Hop and a Skip to K Vintners Tasting Room
6:30 pm Walla Walla Valley Regional Tasting at K Vintners Tasting Room 
7:30 pm Walla Walla Dinner at K Vintners Tasting Room 
9:15 pm Hop the Bus to Beer Garden at TBD
9:45 pm Beer Garden
10:45 pm Good night!

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DAY THREE - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th: FOUR AVA'S IN ONE DAY

 
 

Cross the majestic Columbia River to explore the Wahluke Slope AVA, the eastern portion of the expansive Yakima Valley AVA, the Red Mountain AVA and/or the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Take lunch in the vineyard...then dinner at a Canyon Ranch.

6:45 am Wake-up call/Fonte Coffee Roasters Espresso Drinks offered at Marcus Whitman Hotel
7:15 am Hop the Bus to Tri-Cities

HORSE HEAVEN HILLS EXCURSION
9:15 am Horse Heaven Hills Vineyard Exercise (105 minutes)
  • The Benches Vineyard
  • Walulla Vineyard
12:00 pm Luncheon at Columbia Crest Winery
1:15 pm Horse Heaven Hills Winery Exercise (105 minutes)
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate
3:15 pm Hop the Bus to Courtyard by Marriott – Tri-Cities
4:15 pm Check into Courtyard by Marriott – Tri-Cities & Downtime

WAHLUKE SLOPE AND RED MOUNTAIN EXCURSION
9:15 am Wahluke Slope Vineyard Exercise (105 minutes)
  • Milbrandt Vineyard
  • Weinbau Vineyard
11:00 am Hop the Bus to Columbia River Rest Stop Taco Truck Chowdown
11:30 am Columbia River Rest Stop Taco Truck Chowdown
1:15 pm Red Mountain Winery Exercise (105 minutes)
  • Col Solare
  • Hedges Family Estate
  • Hightower Cellars
  • Terra Blanca Winery
3:00 pm Hop the Bus to Richland Courtyard by Marriott
3:30 pm Check Into Richland Courtyard by Marriott & Down Time

ALL
5:30 pm:  Fonte Coffee Roasters Espresso Drinks offered at Richland Courtyard by Marriott 
6:00 pm Hop on the bus to Regional Tasting/Dinner at Canyon Ranch
6:45 pm Tri-Cities/Red Mountain/Yakima Valley/Wahluke Slope/Horse Heaven Hills Regional Tasting at Canyon Ranch
7:30 pm Dinner at Canyon Ranch followed by Pool Hall
10:00 pm- Hop the Bus to Richland Courtyard by Marriott
11:00 pm
11:15 pm Good Night!

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DAY FOUR - WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th: ...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 apline dinner at 4,000 feet!

7:00 am Wake up call
7:45 am Hop the Bus to Yakima Valley
9:00 am Yakima Valley Vineyard Exercises (105 Minutes)
  • DuBrul Vineyard of Cote Bonneville
  • Two Blondes Vineyard of Andrew Will Winery
11:00 am Hop the Bus to Suncadia Mountain Lodge
12:30 pm Optional lunch at Suncadia Mountain Lodge
1:30 pm Check-in at Suncadia Resort & Downtime
7:30 pm Top of the Mountain Reception at Swiftwater Cellars
8:00 pm Top of the Mountain Dinner at Swiftwater Cellars
9:30 pm Beer Hall at Suncadia Mountain Lodge Lobby
10:30 pm Good night!

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DAY FIVE - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th: WOODINVILLE WONDER

 
 

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.

7:15 am Wake-up call/Fonte Coffee Roasters Espresso Drinks offered at Suncadia Mountain Lodge 
7:45 am Hop the Bus to Columbia Winery
9:30 am Woodinville Winery Exercise Hosts’ Attendee Pick Up at Columbia Winery
9:45 am Woodinville Winery Exercises
  • Betz Family Winery
  • Brian Carter Cellars
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • DeLILLE CELLARS 
  • EFESTĒ
  • Hestia Cellars
  • JM Cellars
  • Sparkman Cellars
12:00 pm Varietal Seminar at Columbia Winery
1:00 pm Woodinville Regional Tasting at Columbia Winery
2:00 pm Woodinville Luncheon at Barking Frog Restaurant 
2:45 pm Washington State Wine Thank You!
3:30 pm Official Good Bye
4:00 pm Hop the Shuttles to Sea-Tac Airport & Downtown Seattle 

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