2017 Road Trip Itinerary

DAY 1

Sunday, September 17th

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 Bob Betz, MW 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 18th

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

    • Avennia
    • Baer Winery
    • Brian Carter Cellars
    • Chateau Ste. Michelle
    • Gorman Winery
    • Kevin White Winery
    • Lauren Ashton Cellars
    • Pomum Cellars
    • Savage Grace Wines
    • Two Vintners
    • W.T. Vintners

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  • 10:15 am: Winery Exercises Drop Off and Snacks/Seattle Espresso at Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • 10:30 pm: Seminar – Washington State Whites with Shayne Bjornholm, MW at Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • 12:00 pm: Hop the bus to The Hollywood Schoolhouse
  • 12:15 pm: Woodinville lunch at The Hollywood Schoolhouse
  • 1:45 pm: Hop the Bus to Columbia Valley
  • 5:30 pm: Check-in at Courtyard Marriott with Seattle Espresso
  • 6:00 pm: Meet in the lobby to walk to dinner
  • 6:15 pm: Columbia River Dinner Cruise hosted by Cadence, Cote Bonneville, Hightower Cellars and Owen Roe
  • 9:00 pm: Beer Hall at the Courtyard Marriott

Day 3

Tuesday, September 19th

Red Mountain & Yakima Valley

  • 7:30 am: Wake-up call, Seattle Espresso & breakfast in the Riverview Hall at the Courtyard Marriott
  • Staggered: Hop the bus to Yakima Valley Vineyard Exercises

    • Owen Roe @ Union Gap Vineyard (*departing at 8:15 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:30-10:00 AM
    • Andrew Will @ Two Blondes Vineyard (*departing at 8:30 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:30-11:00 AM
    • Cote Bonneville @ DuBrul Vineyard (*departing at 8:45 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:45-11:15 AM
    • Betz Family Winery @ Olsen Vineyard (*departing at 9:15 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 10:00-11:30 AM

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  • 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
    • Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery
    • Hedges Family Estate
    • Hightower Cellars
    • J. Bookwalter Winery
    • Kiona Vineyards
    • Mercer Estates
    • Pacific Rim
    • Powers Winery
    • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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  • 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
  • 5:45 pm: RM/YV/HHH Regional Tasting at Browne Family Vineyards Canyon Vineyard Ranch
  • 7:15 pm: Dinner at Browne Family Vineyards Canyon Vineyard Ranch
  • 9:00 pm: Hop the Bus back to Courtyard Marriott
  • 9:30 pm: Beer Hall at the Courtyard Marriott

Day 4

Wednesday, September 20th

Columbia Valley & Walla Walla

  • 8:00 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 & Red Mountain vineyard exercises

    • Chateau Ste. Michelle @ Cold Creek Vineyard (*departing at 8:30 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:15-10:45 AM
    • Cadence @ Cara Mia Vineyard (*departing at 9:00 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:30-11:00 AM
    • DeLille Cellars @ Grand Ciel Vineyard (*departing at 9:00 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 9:30-11:00 AM
    • Sparkman Cellars @ Sagemoor Vineyard (*departing at 9:30 AM)
      • Vineyard Exercise: 10:00-11:30 AM

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  • Staggered: Depart for lunch at Bacchus Vineyards
  • 11:45 am: Taco Truck 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

    • aMaurice Cellars
    • Abeja
    • Buty
    • Dunham Cellars
    • Dusted Valley
    • Gramercy Cellars
    • Long Shadows
    • Pepper Bridge Winery/Amavi Cellars
    • Seven Hills Winery
    • Tamarack Cellars
    • Waterbrook Winery
    • Waters Winery

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  • 5:00 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 Tamarack Cellars
  • 7:30 pm: Walk to dinner at Dunham Cellars
  • 7:45 pm: Walla Walla Dinner at Dunham Cellars
  • 9:45 pm: Hop the bus back to the Marcus Whitman Hotel

DAY 5

Thursday, September 21st

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)
  • 8:00 am: Hop the bus to Walla Walla Vineyard Exercises
  • 8:30-10:00 am: Walla Walla Valley Vineyard Exercises

    • Doubleback @ Flying B Vineyard
    • FIGGINS Family Wine Estates @ FIGGINS Estate Vineyard
    • L'Ecole No 41 @ Ferguson Vineyard
    • Sleight of Hand @ Ziggy Stardust Vineyard
    • Woodward Canyon @ Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard

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  • 10:00 am: Hop the bus back to the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
  • 10:30 am: Seminar - Washington State Reds with Chris Tanghe, MS in the Lewis Room at the Marcus Whitman Hotel
  • 12:00 pm: Seattle Espresso and walk to Charles Smith Wines
  • 12:15 pm: Lunch at Charles Smith Wines
  • 2:00 pm: Guests leaving Thursday depart for Pasco or Walla Walla airport

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