2012 Stats

  • 37 Attendees
  • 17 U.S.States Represented
  • 475 Approx. Miles Traveled
  • 35 Vineyards & Wineries Participating
  • 147 Espresso Shots Drunk
  • 203 Pork Ribs Eaten

2012 Road Trip Itinerary


Sunday, September 23rd


All Day: Room check-in and Road Trip registration at Edgewater Hotel (Lobby)

4:00 pm: Hop the Shuttle from Hotel to Welcome Reception at the Space Needle

4:30 pm: Washington Wine Primer at the Space Needle

5:00 pm: Welcome Reception with the Regional Tasting (Woodinville/Puget Sound)

6:30 pm: Depart Space Needle for Dinner

7:00 pm: Dinner at Aqua by El Gaucho hosted by Sparkman Cellars and Mark Ryan Winery

9:00 pm: Walk Back to Edgewater

Day 2

Monday, September 24th

Woodinville to Richland

6:45 am: Wake-up call & Breakfast at Edgewater Hotel

7:30 am: Hop the Bus to Woodinville

8:00 am: Woodinville Winery Exercises Pick Up @ Columbia Winery

8:30-10:00am: Woodinville Winery Exercises

Chateau Ste. Michelle
Sparkman Cellars
Mark Ryan Winery
Brian Carter Cellars
DeLILLE Cellars
Betz Family Winery
Hestia Cellars

10:15-10:30am: Winery Exercises Drop Off, Snacks at Columbia Winery

11:00-12:30pm: Woodinville Seminar at Columbia Winery

1:00 pm: Woodinville Lunch at Barking Frog

2:30 pm: Hop the Bus to Courtyard Marriott

6:30 pm: Check-in at Courtyard Marriott and downtime with Fonté Coffee

7:30 pm: Dinner at Col Solare

9:30 pm: Hop the Bus to Courtyard Marriott

10:00 pm: Beer Hall at Courtyard Marriott

Day 3

Tuesday, September 25th

Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley & Red Mountain

8:15 am: Wake-up Call & Breakfast with Fonté Coffee at Courtyard Marriott

9:00 am: Hop on the bus to Yakima Valley Vineyard Exercises

10:00-11:30am: Yakima Valley Vineyard Exercises

Boushey Vineyard
DuBrul Vineyard
Two Blondes Vineyard

12:00 pm: Castle Catered Lunch at Walter Clore Center

1:30 pm: Hop the Bus to Red Mountain/Columbia Valley Winery Exercises

2:00 pm: Red Mountain/Columbia Valley Winery Exercises

Col Solare
Hedges Family Estate
Hightower Cellars
J. Bookwalter Winery
Pacific Rim
Powers Winery/Badger Mountain Vineyard
Terra Blanca

3:30 pm: Hop the bus back to Courtyard Marriott

4:00 pm: Downtime and Fonté Coffee at Courtyard Marriott

5:45 pm: Hop the bus to YV/CV/RM Regional Tasting

6:30 pm: YV/CV/RM Regional Tasting at Red Mountain at Canyon Ranch

7:30 pm: Dinner at Canyon Ranch followed by pool hall

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

Day 4

Wednesday, September 26th

Wahluke Slope & Walla Walla

7:30 am: Wake-up call & Breakfast with Fonté Coffee at Richland Courtyard Marriott

8:30 am: Hop the Bus to Wahluke Vineyard Exercises

9:30 am: Wahluke Vineyard Exercises

Milbrandt Vineyards
Weinbau Vineyard
Wycoff Vineyard

11:00 am: Depart for Lunch

11:15 am: Taco Truck Lunch at Weinbau Vineyard

12:15 pm: Hop the Bus to Walla Walla Vineyard Exercises

2:30-4:00 pm: Walla Walla Vineyard Exercises

Figgins Family Wine Estate
Spring Valley Vineyard
Les Collines Vineyard

4:30 pm: Check into Marcus Whitman and Downtime with Fonté Coffee and snacks

5:30 pm: Hop the bus to Walla Walla Regional Tasting

6:00 pm: Walla Walla Regional Tasting at Dunham cellars

7:30 pm: Dinner at Dunham Cellars

10:00 pm: Final Night Party at the Green Lantern

Day 5

Thursday, September 27th

Walla Walla

7:15 am: Wake-up call and Breakfast with Fonté Coffee at Marcus Whitman

8:00 am: Walla Walla Winery Exercises Pick Up

Dunham Cellars
Dusted Valley
Gramercy Cellars
Long Shadows
K Vintners
L'Ecole No 41
Waterbrook Winery

8:30-10:00am: Walla Walla Winery Exercises

10:15 am: Walla Walla Winery Exercises Drop off

10:30-11:45am: Walla Walla Seminar at Marcus Whitman

12:15 pm: Lunch at L’Ecole No 41

1:30 pm: Guests Leaving Thursday depart for airport (ALW or PSC)

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  • “The trip was excellent, interesting, very informative. I would add that from my perspective it was the smoothest, best organized trip of this type that I have been on, my complements to the Commission on putting it together and pulling it off.”
    Tim Healy, 2012
    Balducci's Food Lovers Market, Alexandria, VA
  • “Overall, this was an outstanding trip. I have yet to experience anything that could beat it. The little details, such as the luggage service and espresso bar, really put you all above and beyond… This was such an amazing experience. Thank you so much for the invitation and the opportunity.”
    Natalie Dulaney, 2012
    Jimmy's An American Restaurant and Bar, Aspen, CO
  • "The best part of this trip was that it did take place during harvest which gave everyone a better insight to production. The winemakers were very generous with their time and I'd like to give them all a big Thanks!... Thank you for giving me this opportunity and I look forward in helping you promote Washington wines."
    Maurice DiMarino, 2012
    Cohn Restaurant Group, San Diego, CA
  • “Thank you so much for an incredible opportunity. I really enjoyed myself and I learned a great amount. Cheers!”
    Leann Loveland, 2012
    El Gaucho Portland, Portlnad, OR
  • "I had a really good time and learned quite a bit. I have a completely new appreciation for the wines and the vintage quality that I had not achieved from my smaller sample sizes. Thank you all for making this happen!"
    Jim Boyce, 2012
    K&L, Redwood City, CA

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