2008 Stats

  • 49 Attendees
  • 17 U.S. States Represented
  • 475 Approx. Miles Traveled
  • 49 Vineyards & Wineries Participating
  • 1 Lunch on a River Boat
  • 412 Airline Peanuts Consumed

2008 Road Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, September 27th

Welcome to Seattle

  • 3:00 pm: Shuttle from Sea-Tac to hotel every 45 minutes/Check-in to Hotel Max
  • 5:10 pm: Coach service to welcome reception
  • 5:30 pm: Welcome reception
  • 7:00 pm: Free time in Seattle

Day 2

Sunday, September 28th

Walla Squared

  • 5:45 am: Wake-up callat Hotel Max
  • 6:15 am: Leave for SeaTac Airport
  • 7:40 am: Fly to Tri-Cities
  • 8:45 am: Coaches to Walla Walla
  • 10:00 am: Welcome brunch/program overview at Walla Walla Wine Works
  • 12:00 pm: Walla Walla Vineyard Exercises

Pepper Bridge Winery
Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard
Cayuse Vineyards
Spring Valley Vineyard

  • 2:30 pm: Walla Walla Winery Exercises

L'Ecole No 41
Long Shadows
Pepper Bridge
Reininger Winery
Seven Hills Winery
Spring Valley Vineyard
Va Piano
Waters Winery
Woodward Canyon

  • 4:45 pm: Down-time
  • 6:45 pm: Coach to Long Shadows
  • 7:00 pm: Walla Walla regional tasting at Long Shadows
  • 8:15 pm: Walla Walla dinner at Long Shadows
  • 10:30 pm: After hours Beer Hall at the Marcus Whitman

Day 3

Monday, September 29th

Once, Twice, Three Times A City

  • 6:30 am: Wake-up call
  • 7:15 am: Breakfast
  • 8:00 am: Check out of Marcus Whitman Hotel
  • 8:15 am: Road Trip to Tri-Cities
  • 9:30 am: Tri-Cities/Red Mountain Vineyard Exercises

Col Solare
Hedges Family Estates
Goose Ridge Vineyard
Ciel du Cheval

  • 11:30 am: Seminar - Washington and the World of Syrah
  • 12:30 pm: The Gordon Brothers riverboat luncheon
  • 2:30 pm: Tri-Cities/Red Mountain Winery Exercises

Badger Mountain
Barnard Griffin
Chandler Reach Vineyards
Col Solare
Gordon Brothers
Hedges Family Estate
J. Bookwalter Winery
Kiona Vineyards and Winery
Pacific Rim

  • 5:00 pm: Check-in to Richland Courtyard by Marriott and some down time
  • 6:30 pm: Yakima Valley regional tasting at Col Solare
  • 8:00 pm: Dinner at Col Solare
  • 10:30 pm: After hours Beer Hall

Day 4

Tuesday, September 30th

Yakima Valley to Cascade Mountains

  • 6:30 am: Wake-up Call
  • 7:15 am: Breakfast
  • 8:00 am: Check out of Richland Courtyard Marriott
  • 9:30-11:00am: Yakima Valley Winery Exercises

Alexandria Nicole Cellars
Chinook Wines
Desert Wind Winery
Hogue Cellars
Mercer Estates
Willow Crest Winery

  • 11:00 am: Taco truck chow down
  • 12:30 pm: Yakima Valley Vineyard Exercises

Two Blondes Vineyard/Sheridan Vineyard
Boushey Vineyards
DuBrul Vineyard
Canyon Ranch Vineyard

  • 4:15 pm: Seminar - Washington and the World of Riesling
  • 5:15 pm: Road trip to Bellevue
  • 6:45 pm: Check-in at the Bellevue Red Lion
  • 7:40 pm: Leave for dinner at DeLille Cellars
  • 8:00 pm: Dinner at DeLille Cellars
  • 10:00 pm: Back to the hotel
  • 10:30 pm: After hours Beer Hall

Dy 5

Wednesday, October 1st

Seattle or Bust!

  • 7:00 am: Wake-up Call
  • 8:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 am: Check-out of the Bellevue Red Lion
  • 9:45 am: Woodinville Winery Exercises

Betz Family Winery
Chateau Ste. Michelle
DeLille Cellars
DiStefano Winery
Efeste Wine Cellars
Gorman Winery
JM Cellars
Mark Ryan Winery
Sparkman Cellars
Woodhouse Family Cellars

  • 11:45 am: Woodinville regional tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • 1:00 pm: Leave for Pike Place Market
  • 1:30 pm: Columbia Winery lunch at the Pike Place Market
  • 2:45 pm: Seminar - Washington and the World of Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 3:30 pm: Seminar - Where will Washington Be Tomorrow?
  • 4:00 pm: Official good bye and thank you!

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    Kara Kukull, 2008
    Legal Sea Foods, Boston, MA
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    Michael Meagher, 2008
    New France, LLC, Boston, MA
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    Ann Marie Delaney, 2008
    Harbour Lights / Rosie O'Grady's, New York, NY

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