2011 Stats

  • 44 Attendees
  • 19 U.S. States Represented
  • 475 Approx. Miles Traveled
  • 35 Vineyards & Wineries Participating
  • 5 Elevator Trips up the Space Needle
  • 44 Hotel Rooms with Mountain Views

2011 Road Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, September 25th

Emerald City Welcome

10:00 am-4:00 pm: Road Trip Washington Wine Shuttle from Sea-Tac to Edgewater Hotel

2:00 pm-4:00 pm: Room check-in and Road Trip registration in Edgewater Hotel lobby

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 12 AVA’s of Washington

6:15 pm: Free time in Seattle!

Day 2

Monday, September 26th

Walla Squared

5:30 am Wake-up call

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 Vineyard
FIGGINS Estate Vineyard
Seven Hills or Les Collines Vineyard
Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard

12:00 pm: Walla Walla Valley Luncheon at Brasserie 4

1:30 pm: Vineyard 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

Buty Winery
Dusted Valley Vintners
Gramercy Cellars
K Vintners
L’Ecole NËš 41
Pepper Bridge Winery
Waterbrook Winery

4:45 pm: Check-in at Marcus Whitman & downtime

5:45 pm: Espresso shots offered in lobby of The Marcus Whitman Hotel

6:15 pm: Hop the Bus to Regional Tasting/Dinner at K Vintners

6:30 pm: Walla Walla Valley Regional Tasting at K Vintners 

7:30 pm: Walla Walla Dinner at K Vintners 

9:15 pm: Hop the Bus to Beer Garden at TBD

9:45 pm: Beer Garden

11:00 pm: Good night!

Day 3

Tuesday, September 27th

Four AVA's in one Day

6:45 am: Wake-up call

7:30 am: Hop the Bus to Tri Cities


9:00 am Horse Heaven Hills Vineyard Exercise (105 minutes)

The Benches Vineyard
Walulla Vineyard

11:45 am: Luncheon at Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Winery

1:15 pm: Horse Heaven Hills Winery Exercise (105 minutes)

Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Winery
Columbia Crest Winery

3:00 pm: Hop the Bus to Courtyard by Marriott – Tri-Cities

4:00 pm: Check into Courtyard by Marriott – Tri-Cities & Downtime


9:00 am: Wahluke Slope Vineyard Exercise (105 minutes)

Milbrandt Vineyard
Weinbau Vineyard

10:45 am: Hop the Bus to Columbia River Taco Truck Chowdown

11:15 pm: Columbia River Spot Taco Truck Chowdown

1:15 pm: Red Mountain Winery Exercise (105 minutes)

Col Solare
Hedges Family Estate
Hightower Cellars

3:00 pm: Hop the Bus to Richland Courtyard by Marriott

3:30 pm: Check Into Richland Courtyard by Marriott – Tri-Cities & Down Time


5:45 pm: Hop on the bus to Regional Tasting/Dinner at Canyon Ranch

6:30 pm: Tri-Cities/Red Mountain/Yakima Valley/Wahluke Slope/Horse Heaven Hills Regional Tasting at Canyon Ranch

7:45 pm: Dinner at Canyon Ranch followed by Pool Hall

10:00 pm-11:00 pm: Hop the Bus to Richland Courtyard by Marriott

11:15 pm: Good Night!

Day 4

Wednesday, September 28th

Yakima Valley/Cascade Mountains

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 to Downtime 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!

Day 5

Thursday, September 29th

Woodinville Wonder

7:00 am: Wake-up call

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
Hestia Cellars
JM Cellars
Sparkman Cellars

12:00 pm: Varietal Seminar at Columbia Winery

1:30 pm: Woodinville Regional Tasting at Columbia Winery

2:15 pm: Woodinville Luncheon at DeLILLE CELLARS

2:45 pm: Washington State Wine Thank You/Superlatives

3:45 pm: Official Good Bye and Thank You!

4:15 pm: Hop the Shuttles to Sea-Tac & Downtown

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  • “Snipes was unbelievable. The vineyard tour construction and facilitation that they pulled off was groundbreaking in my developing passion and understanding of what Washington is all about. It was a wine moment I will remember forever. Thank you so very much to everyone who made this happen.”

    Michael Ochsner, 2011
    Plonk Wine Bar, Bozeman, MT
  • “Great trip, great people, great places, great job. Overall a wonderful memorable experience!”

    Jeremy Campbell, 2011
    M Bar, Portland, OR
  • “This trip blew away my expectations of wash wines and wine trips in general. Extremely well done.  Planned perfect. Super nice folk…”

    Flavio Gentile, 2011
    Printers Row Wine Shop, Chicago, IL
  • “I have to say, what a great job by all at the commission. Talk about over-prepared! This program should be (and probably already is!) a model for other wine regions. THANK YOU!”

    Doug Jeffirs, 2011
    Binny's Beverage Depot, Willowbrook, IL

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