2019 Stats

  • 50 Attendees
  • 21 U.S. States Represented
  • 35 Winery Exercises
  • 13 Vineyard Exercises
  • 3 Regional Tastings
  • Seminars
  • Boat Cruise
  • Lunches and Dinners

2019 Road Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, September 15th

Seattle Welcome

All Day                 Room Check-in and Roadt Trip Registration

                              at the Edgewater Hotel (Penthouse)         

3:45 pm               Meet at the Edgewater Lobby to Begin Boarding Buses

4:00 pm               Hop the Bus from the 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/Columbia Gorge Regional Tasting

6:30 pm                Catch the Bus to the Lake Union Boat Cruise

7:00 pm                Argosy Lake Union Boat Cruise with Hama Hama Oysters

9:00 pm                Catch the Bus Back to the Edgewater Hotel

Overnight              Edgewater Hotel

Day 2

Monday, September 16th

Woodinville to Richland

6:15 am                  Wake-up Call, Luggage Drop, and Breakfast in the Rainier Room at

                                the Edgewater Hotel

7:00 am                  Hop the Bus to Woodinville

7:45 am                  Woodinville Winery Exercises Pick Up at Chateau Ste. Michelle

8:15-9:45 am         Woodinville Winery Exercises

                                 Avennia                                               JM Cellars                         

                                 Baer Winery                                       Kevin White Winery

                                 Chateau Ste. Michelle                       Lauren Ashton Cellars

                                 Damsel Cellars                                   Two Vintners

                                 Idilico/Pomum Cellars                       W.T. Vintners

​10:00 am                Winery Exercises Drop Off and Snacks/Seattle Espresso

                                at Chateau Ste. Michelle

10:15 am                Seminar – Washington State Whites with Sean P. Sullivan and Chris Tanghe, MS

                                at Chateau Ste. Michelle

11:45 am                 Hop the Bus to Matthews/Tenor

12:00 pm                Woodinville Lunch at Matthews/Tenor

1:30 pm                  Hop the Bus to the Courtyard Marriott Richland

6:00 pm                  Check-in at the Courtyard Marriott Richland with Seattle Espresso

6:30 pm                  Hop the Bus to Dinner on Red Mountain

7:00 pm                  Red Mountain Dinner at Hedges Family Estate

9:15 pm                  Hop the Bus to the Courtyard Marriott Richland

9:45 pm                 Beer Hall at the Courtyard Marriott Richland

Day 3

Tuesday, September 17th

Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, and Columbia Valley

7:00 am                Wake-up call, Seattle Espresso and Breakfast in the Riverview Hall at

                              the Courtyard Marriott Richland

Staggered             Hop the Bus to Yakima Valley Vineyard Exercises

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

Staggered                Depart for Lunch at the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center

11:45 am                  Lunch and 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                                                    Hightower Cellars

                                  Co Dinn                                                                J. Bookwalter Winery

                                  Col Solare                                                            Kiona Vineyards & Winery

                                  Double Canyon                                                   Mercer Estates Winery

                                  Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery            Powers Winery

                                  Hedges Family Estate                                          Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

3:15 pm                 Depart to the Courtyard Marriott Richland

3:45 pm                 Downtime at the Courtyard Marriott Richland 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 Browne Family Vineyards Canyon Vineyard Ranch

7:15 pm                 Yakima Valley Dinner

                              at Browne Family Vineyards Canyon Vineyard Ranch

9:15 pm                 Hop the Bus back to the Courtyard Marriott Richland

9:45 pm                Beer Hall at the Courtyard Marriott Richland

Day 4

Wednesday, September 18th

Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Valley

7:30 am                Wake-up Call, Luggage Drop and Breakfast in the Riverview Hall at

                               the Courtyard Marriott Richland with Seattle Espresso

Staggered             Hop the Bus to Columbia Valley and Red Mountain Vineyard Exercises

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

Staggered              Depart for the Taco Truck Lunch at Bacchus Vineyard

11:45 am               Taco Truck Lunch at Bacchus Vineyard

1:00 pm                 Depart for the Walla Walla Valley

2:45 pm                 Walla Walla Winery Exercises Pick-up at the Marcus Whitman Hotel

3:15-4:45 pm        Walla Walla Valley Winery Exercises

                                Abeja                                                  Pepper Bridge /Amavi Cellars

                                Dunham Cellars                                  Revelry Vintners

                                Dusted Valley                                      Seven Hills Winery

                                Gramercy Cellars                               The Walls

                                Long Shadows Vintners                      Va Piano Vineyards

                                Mark Ryan Winery                             Waterbrook Winery

​5:15 pm                 Drop-off and Check-in at the Marcus Whitman Hotel with Seattle Espresso

600 pm                 Depart for Walla Walla Valley Regional Tasting

6:15 pm                 Walla Walla Valley Regional Tasting at Revelry Vintners

7:45 pm                 Depart for Walla Walla Dinner

8:00 pm                 Walla Walla Valley Dinner at

                               K Vintners at Charles Smith Wines Walla Walla Tasting Room

10:00 pm              Walk Back to the Marcus Whitman Hotel

Day 5

Thursday, September 19th

Walla Walla Valley

6:30 am                 Wake-up Call, Luggage Drop and Breakfast in The Marc Restaurant

                                at the Marcus Whitman Hotel (Seattle Espresso available at luggage drop-off)

7:15 am                   Hop the Bus to Walla Walla Valley Vineyard Exercises

7:45-9:15 am         Walla Walla Valley Vineyard Exercises

  • Doubleback @ Lefore Vineyard
  • FIGGINS Family Wine Estates @ Figgins Estate Vineyard
  • L’Ecole No 41 @ Ferguson Vineyard
  • Sleight of Hand @ Stoney Vine Vineyard
  • Woodward Canyon @ Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyard

9:15 am                  Hop the Bus back to the Marcus Whitman Hotel

9:45-11:15 am       Seminar – Washington State Reds with Sean Sullivan and Sabrina Lueck

                                in the Lewis Room at the Marcus Whitman Hotel

11:20 am                Hop the bus to the Walla Walla Valley Lunch

11:30 am                Walla Walla Valley Lunch at L’Ecole No. 41

1:00-5:00 pm        Guests Leaving Walla Walla Depart for Pasco Airport (shuttle schedule below)

Airport Shuttle Schedule:

1:00 pm – Shuttle will leave L’Ecole No. 41 for the 3:17, 3:25, and 3:37 pm flights

2:30 pm – Shuttle will leave L’Ecole No. 41 for 4:47 pm flight

3:15 pm – Shuttle will leave the Marcus Whitman Hotel Parking Lot for 5:15 flight

4:45 pm – Shuttle will leave the Marcus Whitman Hotel Parking Lot for 6:51, and 7:30 pm flights

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Testimonials

  • “The organization and execution of the trip for 50 people was an 11 on a 10 scale in my opinion. I've been on probably 8-10 wine trips in the past and this one had the most amazing staff I have ever seen... It is a team of absolute all-star caliber people on all levels. The Road Trip really opened my eyes to the depth of talent in Washington State. I learned there are more amazing winemakers, regions and vineyard sites producing wines at an incredible level that I was not aware of."
    Ryan Gerni, 2019
    Davidsons Liquors, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • "The quality is second to none. This was a trip of a lifetime; every detail was done with proud care and gave a 360-degree view of the industry. We had fun, we learned, we laughed, but a true craftsmanship of a journey. Road trip is one of the best events in the wine business anywhere."
    Chris McFall, 2019
    Lazy Bear, San Francisco, CA
  • “It was the perfect blend of education, vineyard experiences, wine tasting and youthful mayhem. JUst yesterday, I asked one of my new vendors, "What no Washington State Wines?" I told him that I was disappointed as I'm hosting a grand tasting in my store and adjoining restaurant and have added Washington State wines to the list."
    Joe Printz, 2019
    The Grape D'Vine Wine & Spirits, Sparkill, NY
  • "I can't brag about the wines enough. I loved the way you were able to hype the energy level when needed and then you let us relax a bit. It was the trip of a lifetime and I truly look forward to continuing the relationships that were built through this experience.”
    Elissa Tedesco, 2019
    Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Harrisburg, PA
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