2015 Stats

  • 52 Attendees
  • 18 U.S. States Represented
  • 809 Approx. Miles Traveled
  • 60 Vineyards & Wineries Participating
  • 286 Instagram Photos
  • 1 Road Scholar

2015 Road Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, September 20th

Emerald City Welcome

  • All Day: Room check-in and Road Trip registration at the Edgewater Hotel (Lobby)
  • 4:00 pm: Hop the bus from Edgewater Hotel to the Welcome Reception at the Space Needle
  • 4:20 pm: Road Trip Welcome & Washington Wine Primer with Bob Betz, MW at the Space Needle
  • 5:00 pm: Seattle/Puget Sound Regional Tasting
  • 6:40 pm: Hop the bus to Charles Smith Wines Jet City
  • 7:15 pm: Welcome to Washington opening night party at Charles Smith Wines Jet City tasting room (heavy hors d’oeuvres & wine)
  • 8:30 pm: Buses will depart to the Edgewater Hotel at staggered times
  • Overnight: Edgewater Hotel

Day 2

Monday, September 21st

Woodinville to Richland

  • 6:30 am: Wake-up call, luggage drop & Breakfast at the Edgewater Hotel
  • 7:30 am: Hop the Bus to Woodinville
  • 8:15 am: Woodinville Winery Exercises Pick Up at Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • 8:30-10:00am: Woodinville Winery Exercises

Avennia
Baer Winery
Betz Family Winery
Chateau Ste. Michelle
DeLILLE Cellars, Grand Ciel & Doyenne
EFESTE
Mark Ryan Winery
Pomum Cellars
Sparkman Cellars
Two Vintners
W.T. Vintners

  • 10:15-10:30am: Winery Exercises Drop Off and Snacks/Seattle Espresso at Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • 10:30-12:00pm: SeminarWashington State Whites: A Comparative Tasting at Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • 12:00 pm: Hop the bus to DeLille Cellars
  • 12:15 pm: Winery hosted lunch at DeLille Cellars
  • 1:45 pm: Hop the Bus to Columbia Valley
  • 6:15 pm: Check-in at Courtyard Marriott with Seattle Espresso
  • 7:00 pm: Hop the bus to dinner on Red Mountain
  • 7:30 pm: Red Mountain Winery Dinner at Col Solare with Chef Tom Douglas
  • 9:30 pm: Hop the Bus to the Courtyard Marriott
  • 10:00 pm: Beer Hall at the Courtyard Marriott

Day 3

Tuesday, September 22nd

Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, & Columbia Valley

  • 7:00 am: Wake-up Call, Breakfast in the Point Room & Seattle Espresso at the Courtyard Marriott
  • 8:15 am: Hop on the bus to Yakima Valley Vineyard Exercises
  • 9:30-11:00am: Yakima Valley Vineyard Exercises

Andrew Will @ Two Blondes Vineyard
Boushey Vineyard
Owen Roe @ Union Gap Vineyard
Red Willow Vineyard

  • 11:45 am: Lunch & espresso at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center featuring wines from Lake Chelan, Ancient Lakes & the Columbia Gorge AVA’s
  • 1:00 pm: Depart to Red Mountain/Yakima Valley/Columbia Valley Winery Exercises
  • 1:30-3:00 pm: Red Mountain/Yakima Valley/Columbia Valley Winery Exercises

Barnard Griffin
Col Solare
Cote Bonneville
Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery
Gordon Estate
Hedges Family Estate
Hightower Cellars
Kiona Vineyards
Pacific Rim
Powers Winery
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

  • 3:00 pm: Depart to Courtyard Marriott
  • 3:30 pm: Downtime at Courtyard Marriott with Seattle Espresso
  • 5:00 pm: Hop the bus to Red Mountain/Yakima Valley/Columbia Valley Regional Tasting
  • 5:45 pm: RM/YV/CV Regional Tasting at Precept Wines Canyon Vineyard Ranch
  • 7:15 pm: Dinner at Precept Wines Canyon Vineyard Ranch followed by pool hall
  • 9:00 pm: Hop the Bus back to Courtyard Marriott (staggered bus departures)
  • 9:40 pm: Beer Hall at the Courtyard Marriott

Day 4

Wednesday, September 23rd

Columbia Valley, Wahluke Slope & Walla Walla

  • 7:30 am: Wake-up call, luggage drop off and Breakfast at the Courtyard Marriott with Seattle Espresso
  • 8:30 am: Hop the bus to Columbia Valley & Wahluke Slope vineyard exercises
  • 9:30-11:00am: Columbia Valley & Wahluke Slope Vineyard Exercises

Milbrandt Vineyards
Chateau Ste. Michelle @ Cold Creek Vineyard
J. Bookwalter Winery @ Conner Lee Vineyard
Bacchus Vineyard

  • 11:00 am: Depart for lunch at Bacchus Vineyards
  • 12:00 am: Lunch at Bacchus Vineyards
  • 1:00 pm: Depart for Walla Walla
  • 2:15 pm: Walla Walla Winery Exercises pick-up at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
  • 2:45-4:15 pm: Walla Walla Winery Exercises

aMaurice Cellars
Dunham Cellars
Gramercy Cellars
L'Ecole No 41
Long Shadows
Pepper Bridge/Amavi Cellars
Sleight of Hand
Northstar
Waterbrook Winery
Waters Winery
Va Piano Vineyards

  • 4:45 pm: Drop-off and check-in with Seattle Espresso at the Marcus Whitman Hotel
  • 5:45 pm: Depart for Walla Walla Regional Tasting & Dinner
  • 6:00 pm: Walla Walla Regional Tasting at Dunham Cellars
  • 7:30 pm: Walla Walla Dinner at Dunham Cellars
  • 9:30 pm: Hop the Bus to the Green Lantern or back to the Marcus Whitman Hotel
  • 10:00 pm: Final night @ the Green Lantern

Day 5

Thursday, September 24th

Walla Walla

  • 7:45 am: Wake-up call, luggage drop & Breakfast at your leisure in the Marc Restaurant (Seattle Espresso available at luggage drop-off)
  • 8:45-10:15 am: Seminar – Washington State Reds: A Comparative Tasting in the Lewis Room at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
  • 10:25 am: Hop the Bus to Walla Walla Valley Vineyard Exercises
  • 10:45-12:15: Walla Walla Valley Vineyard Exercises

Figgins Family Wine Estates @ Figgins Estate Vineyard
Dusted Valley @ Stoney Vine Vineyard
Spring Valley Vineyard
Woodward Canyon

  • 12:15 pm: Hop the bus to L’Ecole No 41
  • 12:45 pm: Lunch at L’Ecole No 41
  • 2:00 pm: Guests Leaving Thursday depart for Pasco or Walla Walla Airport

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Trip dates: September 17-21, 2017

Testimonials

  • “I've been on several tours during my 23 years in the business. This was one of the best-organized events I've had the pleasure to attend… Excellent tour, good group of staff and I'm glad I had a chance to finally meet all of them. You can count on our continued support going forward!”
    Robert Cavanaugh, 2015
    Adventure Wines, Gaithersburg, MD
  • “I cannot thank you enough for the amazing experience. You spoiled me so! Your staff is wonderful, the girls made a special trip for me to get bb cream and contact solution and I appreciate how above and beyond that was. Kudos to all of you!”
    Tami Wong, 2015
    Juniper & Ivy Left Coast Cookery, San Diego, CA
  • “Thank you very much, this was a very valuable trip to experience. All of the staff were very helpful, fun and well educated about various things Washington, from start to finish.”
    Tony Burger, 2015
    Four Star Restaurant Group, Chicago, IL
  • “This was my first organized wine trip and it was fantastic! It was very organized, informative and fun! …Everything was excellent. I loved how each venue was distinctly different. We were definitely well fed and well drank on the trip! …Everyone had good energy, and with switching groups we got to meet people from all over the country and make connections. I loved the themed buses with snacks and drinks to keep the long bus rides enjoyable (time seemed to fly). Definitely was bummed to have to leave.”
    Wendy Shoemaker, 2015
    Marriot's Marina Kitchen, San Diego, CA

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206.326.5771
dflaherty@washingtonwine.org

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