2017 Stats

  • 57 Attendees

  • 23 U.S. States Represented

  • 34 Winery Exercises

  • 13 Vineyard Exercises

  • 3 Regional Tastings

  • Seminars

  • Boat Cruise

  • Lunches and Dinners

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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Testimonials

  • "Road Trip was without a doubt the best educational program I have ever had the good fortune of being a part of. I am eager to showcase the great Wines of Washington in a large in-store wine tasting event in the very near future. The culture is collaborative and passionate. The industry is loaded with talented people working with grapes planted in a unique and special environment to produce wines of exceptional quality. The future is so bright for Washington State wines. I am eager to do my part of share these wines and the culture they are born from with my customers and colleagues. I would like to thank the Washington State Wine Commission for the opportunity to be a part of this year's Road Trip. It was brilliantly organized, the entire staff were incredible, the whole experience was just amazing. I am really excited to take the unforgettable experience of this Road Trip and the knowledge and passion behind it, and share it with as many people as possible."
    Chad Crosby, 2017
    Binny's Beverage Depot, Skokie, IL
  • "I was floored by the hospitality, organization, and enthusiasm by Washington State Wine. The team could have not been more welcoming and excited to have us out and share their pride and knowledge with us. I look forward to sharing their passion and this region with my guests in New York."
    Catherine Stephani, 2017
    Corkbuzz Wine Studio, New York, NY
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    Brandon Rastok, 2017
    Osteria la Spiga, Seattle, WA
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206.310.1236
dflaherty@washingtonwine.org

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