2016 Stats

  • 55 Attendees
  • 20 U.S. States Represented
  • 33 Winery Exercises
  • 12 Vineyard Exercises
  • 1600 Shots of Espresso Pulled
  • Teddy Bear Stolen from Hotel Room

2016 Road Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, September 18th

Seattle Welcome

  • All Day: Room check-in and Road Trip registration at the Edgewater Hotel (Lobby)
  • 3:45 pm: Meet at the Edgewater lobby to begin boarding busses
  • 4:00 pm: Hop the bus from Edgewater Hotel to the Welcome Reception at the Columbia Tower Club
  • 4:20 pm: Road Trip Welcome & Washington Wine Primer with Steve Warner at the Columbia Tower Club
  • 5:00 pm: Seattle/Puget Sound Regional Tasting
  • 6:30 pm: Free time in Seattle, or catch the bus back to the Edgewater Hotel
  • Overnight: Edgewater Hotel

Day 2

Monday, September 19th

Woodinville to Richland

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

    • Baer Winery
    • Betz Family Winery
    • Brian Carter Cellars
    • Chateau Ste. Michelle
    • DeLille Cellars, Grand Ciel & Doyenne
    • EFESTE
    • Kevin White Winery
    • Pomum Cellars
    • Sparkman Cellars
    • Two Vintners
    • W.T. Vintners

  • 10:15 am: Winery Exercises Drop Off and Snacks/Seattle Espresso at Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • 10:30-12:00 pm: Seminar – Washington State Whites at Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • 12:00 pm: Hop the bus to The Hollywood Schoolhouse
  • 12:15 pm: Washington State Wine hosted lunch at The Hollywood Schoolhouse
  • 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 Hedges Family Estate
  • 9:30 pm: Hop the Bus to the Courtyard Marriott
  • 10:00 pm: Beer Hall at the Courtyard Marriott

Day 3

Tuesday, September 20th

Red Mountain, Yakima Valley & Horse Heaven Hills

  • 7:00 am: Wake-up Call, Seattle Espresso & Breakfast in the Riverview Hall at the Courtyard Marriott
  • Staggered: Hop the bus to Yakima Valley & Horse Heaven Hills Vineyard Exercises

    • Long Shadows @ The Benches Vineyard (*departing at 8:00 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:00-10:30 AM
    • Owen Roe @ Red Willow Vineyard (*departing at 8:00 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:30-11:00 AM
    • Andrew Will @ Two Blondes Vineyard (*departing at 8:30 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:30-11:00 AM
    • Mercer Estates @ Spice Cabinet Vineyard (*departing at 8:30 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:30-11:00 AM

  • Staggered: Depart for lunch at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center
  • 11:45 am: Lunch & Seattle Espresso at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center featuring wines from other AVA's
  • 1:15 pm: Depart to Red Mountain/Yakima Valley/Columbia Valley Winery Exercises
  • 1:45-3:15 pm: Red Mountain/Yakima Valley/Columbia Valley Winery Exercises

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

  • 3:15 pm: Depart to Courtyard Marriott
  • 3:45 pm: Downtime at Courtyard Marriott with Seattle Espresso
  • 5:00 pm: Hop the bus to Red Mountain/Yakima Valley/Columbia Valley Regional Tasting
  • 5:30 pm: RM/YV/HHH Regional Tasting at 14 Hands
  • 7:00 pm: Dinner at 14 Hands featuring Tom Douglas
  • 9:00 pm: Hop the Bus back to Courtyard Marriott
  • 9:30 pm: Beer Hall at the Courtyard Marriott

Day 4

Wednesday, September 21st

Columbia Valley & Walla Walla

  • 7:30 am: Wake-up call, luggage drop off and Breakfast in the Riverview Hall at the Courtyard Marriott with Seattle Espresso
  • Staggered: Hop the bus to Columbia Valley vineyard exercises

    • Chateau Ste. Michelle @ Cold Creek Vineyard (*departing at 8:30 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:15-10:45 AM
    • J. Bookwalter Winery @ Conner Lee Vineyard (*departing at 8:30 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:30-11:00 AM
    • Skyfall Vineyard (*departing at 9:15 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:30-11:00 AM
    • Bacchus Vineyard (*departing at 9:15 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:45-11:15 AM

  • Staggered: Depart for lunch at Bacchus Vineyards
  • 11:45 am: Lunch at Bacchus Vineyards
  • 1:00 pm: Depart for Walla Walla
  • 2:30 pm: Walla Walla Winery Exercises pick-up at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
  • 3:00-4:30 pm: Walla Walla Winery Exercises

    • Abeja
    • aMaurice Cellars
    • Buty
    • Doubleback
    • Dunham Cellars
    • Gramercy Cellars
    • L'Ecole No 41
    • Pepper Bridge/Amavi Cellars
    • Sleight of Hand
    • Waterbrook Winery
    • Waters Winery

  • 5:00 pm: Drop-off and check-in with Seattle Espresso at the Marcus Whitman Hotel
  • 6:00 pm: Depart for Walla Walla Regional Tasting & Dinner
  • 6:15 pm: Walla Walla Regional Tasting at Sleight of Hand
  • 7:45 pm: Walla Walla Dinner at Sleight of Hand
  • 9:45 pm: Hop the Bus to the Green Lantern or back to the Marcus Whitman Hotel

Day 5

Thursday, September 22nd

Walla Walla

  • 7:30 am: Wake-up call, luggage drop & Breakfast at your leisure in the Marc Restaurant (Seattle Espresso available at luggage drop-off)
  • 8:30-10:00 am: Seminar – Washington State Reds in the Lewis Room at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
  • 10:15 am: Hop the Bus to Walla Walla Valley Vineyard Exercises
  • 10:45-12:15 pm: Walla Walla Valley Vineyard Exercises

    • FIGGINS Family Wine Estates @ FIGGINS Estate Vineyard
    • Dusted Valley @ Stoney Vine Vineyard
    • Seven Hills Winery @ McClellan Estate Vineyard
    • Spring Valley Vineyard

  • 12:15 pm: Hop the bus to Waterbrook Winery
  • 12:45 pm: Lunch at Waterbrook Winery
  • 2:00 pm: Guests Leaving Thursday depart for Pasco or Walla Walla Airport

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Testimonials

  • "Road Trip was one of the most amazing trips I have ever attended. It was extremely well organized and flawlessly executed. It was also the perfect balance of educational information and fun! I learned so much and made incredible friendships."
    Cassandra Felix, 2016
    The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL
  • "It was a great privilege to be selected to attend and I am very grateful. There is no doubt that the trip has given me a passion for the place, people and fruit of Washington. And I am excited to share that passion with my customers and colleagues. Thank you once again!”
    Daniel Mays, 2016
    Stinson Wine, Beer and Spirits, Minneapolis, MN
  • "The Road Trip was a truly amazing experience. One I will never forget. I met so many wonderful people that I will grow great relationships with. I feel so passionate about Washington, it's land, it's wine, and the people working hard to showcase its greatness!”
    Claire Perry, 2016
    Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Chicago, IL
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206.326.5771
dflaherty@washingtonwine.org

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