2013 Stats

  • 52 Attendees
  • 17 U.S.States Represented
  • 475 Approx. Miles Traveled
  • 41 Vineyards & Wineries Participating
  • 183 Bags of Tim’s Cascade Chips
  • 1 Collapsed Banquet Tent

2013 Road Trip Itinerary


Sunday, September 22nd

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 a lovely Welcome Reception and dinner with world class Washington State wineries.

All Day: Room check-in and Road Trip registration at the 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 with wines by Betz Family Winery, DeLILLE Cellars, Mark Ryan Winery and Sparkman Cellars
9:00 pm: Head back to the Edgewater Hotel


Monday, September 23rd

Woodinville to Richland

Start with a bang right in Seattle's backyard! Woodinville is nestled in the Sammamish River Valley and offers over 90 wineries. After lunch we will ease our way across the state to Richland, just in time for a northwest sunset and dinner!

6:30 am: Wake-up call & Breakfast at the Edgewater Hotel

7:30 am: Hop the Bus to Woodinville

8:00 am: Woodinville Winery Exercises Pick Up at Columbia Winery
8:30-10:00am: Woodinville Winery Exercises
Betz Family Winery
Baer Winery
Brian Carter Cellars
Chateau Ste. Michelle
DeLille Cellars, Grand Ciel & Doyenne
Mark Ryan Winery
Pomum Cellars
Ross Andrew Winery
Sparkman Cellars
10:15-10:30am: Winery Exercises Drop Off and Snacks at Columbia Winery
11:00-12:30pm: Woodinville Seminar – Washington Whites: A Varietal Exploration at Columbia Winery
1:00 pm: Lunch at Willows Lodge
2:30 pm: Hop the Bus to Courtyard Marriott
6:30 pm: Check-in at Courtyard Marriott and downtime with Espresso
7:00 pm: Hop the bus to Red Mountain Dinner
7:30 pm: Red Mountain Winery Dinner at Hedges Family Estate
9:30 pm: Hop the Bus to Courtyard Marriott
10:00 pm: Beer Hall at Courtyard Marriott


Tuesday, September 24th

Columbia Valley, Red Mountain & Yakima Valley

The Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley and Red Mountain AVAs are home to a wide range of grapes, terroirs, wineries and wine styles to explore first hand in the vineyards. Then, we will make our way to Red Mountain for winery exercises, and later a tasting and dinner in the heart of the vineyards.

8:15 am: Wake-up Call, Breakfast & Espresso at the Courtyard Marriott
9:00 am: Hop on the bus to Yakima Valley Vineyard Exercises
10:00-11:30am: Yakima Valley Vineyard Exercises

Cold Creek Vineyard
DuBrul Vineyard
Owen Roe @ Union Gap Vineyard
Andrew Will @ Two Blondes Vineyard

12:15 pm: Lunch at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center
1:30 pm: Depart to Red Mountain/Columbia Valley Winery Exercises
2:00-3:30 pm: Red Mountain/Columbia Valley Winery Exercises
Col Solare
Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery
Hedges Family Estate
Hightower Cellars
Milbrandt Vineyards
Pacific Rim
Powers Winery/ Badger Mountain Vineyard
Terra Blanca
3:30 pm: Depart to Courtyard Marriott
4:00 pm: Downtime at Courtyard Marriott with Castle Espresso Service
5:45 pm: Hop the bus to Yakima Valley/Columbia Valley/Red Mountain Regional Tasting
6:30 pm: YV/CV/RM Regional Tasting at Precept Wine – Canyon Ranch
7:30 pm: YV/CV/RM Dinner at Precept Wine - Canyon Ranch followed by Pool Hall
10:00-11:00pm: Hop the Bus back to Courtyard Marriott (Buses will leave at staggered times between 10-11)
10:30 pm: Beer Hall at the Courtyard Marriott


Wednesday, September 25th

Walla Walla

This Eastern Washington winery hotspot is home to a cache of big and small wineries, in name and stature. Take in the majestic vineyards, savor our last wine seminar, enjoy a fabulous lunch and get to know the winemakers.

7:00 am: Wake-up call and Breakfast at the Courtyard Marriott with Espresso

8:00 am: Hop the bus to Walla Walla Vineyard Exercises

9:00-10:30am: Walla Walla Vineyard Exercises

Figgins Family Wine Estates
Les Collines Vineyard
Spring Valley Vineyard
Woodward Canyon

10:30 am: Depart for Marcus Whitman Hotel

11:15 am: Walla Walla Vineyard Exercises Drop off at the Marcus Whitman

11:30-1:00pm: Walla Walla Seminar – Washington State Signature Reds: A Comparative Tasting at the Marcus Whitman Hotel

1:30 pm: Walla Walla Lunch at Public House 124
2:30 pm: Walla Walla Winery Exercise pick-up at Public House 124

3:00-4:30 pm: Walla Walla Winery Exercises

Charles Smith/K Vintners
Dusted Valley
Dunham Cellars
Gramercy Cellars
L’Ecole No 41
Pepperbridge Winery
Va Piano
Waterbrook Winery

5:00 pm: Drop-off and Downtime at Northstar

6:00 pm: Walla Walla Regional Tasting at Northstar

7:30 pm: Walla Walla Dinner at Northstar

9:30 pm: Hop the Bus back to the Courtyard Marriott

10:30 pm: Beer Hall at the Courtyard Marriott


Thursday, September 26th

Horse Heaven Hills

Bask in our last hooray in the Horse Heaven Hills! Enjoy the warm heat of Southeastern Washington while taking in the vineyard views. We will make our way back to the Tri-Cities for lunch and a group hug. Take, take me home...with Washington wine forever on my mind.

7:30 am: Wake-up call & Breakfast at Courtyard Marriott with Espresso
8:30 am: Hop the Bus to Horse Heaven Hills Vineyard Exercises

9:30-11:00 am: Horse Heaven Hills Vineyard Exercises

Mercer Estates @ Spice Cabinet Vineyard
Long Shadows Vintners @ The Benches
Den Hoed Wine Estates @ Wallula Gap Vineyard

11:00 am: Depart for Lunch

12:00 pm: Tri-Cities Lunch at J. Bookwalter

2:00 pm: Guests Leaving Thursday depart for airport (PSC or ALW)

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September 19-23, 2021


  • “Thank you for a great experience. I was impressed by the well thought out itinerary and the investment made to make the trip comfortable and comprehensive. Accommodations and food were of a high quality and I really appreciate everything the Commission did. I was also very impressed by the time each of the producers spent with us during harvest, which is the busiest time of year for them. My understanding and appreciation of Washington state wines was truly enhanced by this experience. Thank you!”
    Wayne Bratvold, 2013
    Murray's, Minneapolis, MN
  • “It was a real pleasure and honor to be selected for this trip, the WA Wine Association was exceptionally, organized, professional, and fun. Thank you so much!”
    Marc Underkoffler, 2013
    Vino Volo, San Francisco, CA
  • “It's important for me as a sommelier to find wines that are food friendly. The delicate balance between new and old world that WA wines have, makes them great food wines. They also speak from a sense of place and uniqueness which is the other component in great wines that I look for.”
    Pablo Moncada, 2013
    Vie, Western Springs, IL

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