This past weekend my outing was visiting the lovely town of Woodinville, WA with my man and a couple good friends. It’s only about a half hour drive from where I live so it’s super convenient! I feel silly I’ve lived in the Seattle area so long and haven’t visited here once. Woodinville is the wine country of Western Washington, while Walla Walla Valley takes over Eastern Washington.
We began our adventure in the morning and drove straight to the famous Chateau Ste. Michelle winery and vineyards. This place is immense, definitely bigger than I thought. As you make your way back through to the tasting rooms, you walk through greenery, vineyards, and old beautiful buildings. To not miss any of the action (and knowledge), we signed up for a guided tour with wine tastings throughout, yayyy! The guide talked through the process of making wine and the winery’s history. At each stop along the tour were specifically placed cute little tables, each with a different wine. Afterward we stopped by the summer pop-up mimosa bar (only on Sundays apparently) and bought glasses. You can’t go through a Sunday without a mimosa! They poured the glasses full to the brim (whoop whoop) with yummy liquid, passion orange pineapple juice + Chateau champagne. Then we meandered the tasting rooms and vineyards before heading to our next stop. We even got some education on all the different wine glasses.
Onto the next winery – Ryan Patrick tasting room. This was a bright open space shared with another winery (go figure). I love their wines, both red and white – you can tell by the 3 new wine bottles that appeared on my wine rack. I’m not normally a Rosé person but this one was bone dry so I ended up loving this. I tend to like dry to semi-dry wines! My favorite red wine – 2 bottles worth – is Rock Island Red, their best seller.
By this point we’re all pretty hungry and ready for grub. We found The Hollywood Tavern, conveniently right next to our next stop, a whiskey distillery. This is definitely a comfort food place, hence called a tavern. We made our way to the patio and waited in the warm gentle breeze.
Our food –
Fried Pickles with homemade dipping sauces
I was impressed with the food and would return soon!
P.S. Our waitress was very very knowledgeable about the menu and even gave us recommendations and her favorites from each category including all the drink categories – wow!
We took a break from wine and hopped over to the Woodinville Whiskey Co. We made the 3pm guided tour where we learned all about how they make whiskey, handcrafted small batch style. Naturally after we tasted different whiskeys by ordering a flight sampler – 4 kinds. They ended the tasting with their homemade Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup!
On with the tour to Goose Ridge Vineyards. We went in for wine tasting but ended up with cider tasting! We sat inside enjoying the beautiful day, open windows, and live music. My favorite cider was the Spiced Cranberry and Sour Cherry – all not too sweet. Again I go for the dry to semi-dry ciders like wine.
Our last stop was Airfield Estates Winery, which had the cutest little tables to relax and sip your wine. My friend and I opted for their White Flight to end our evening. My favorite was the Flygirl White, then Sauvignon Blanc! Although Sauvignon Blanc is my all-time favorite wine in general.
This Sunday afternoon was a great excursion to explore a new town and an excuse to drink wine – expand our palates! What’s better!