Friday, November 6, 2015
I am very, very lucky to call Washington my home and to share it with delicious wine. Weekend getaways to wine country are a great way to escape and relax. Earlier this Fall we made the drive to Walla Walla, enjoying tasting rooms featuring wine from the Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley, Wahluke Slope, and Columbia Valley AVAs.
I've been in wine country during every season and any time of year is a beautiful time to go. If you are planning a getaway, here are my recommendations for you...
Favorite Tasting Rooms (in no particular order):
Cooper Wine Company (casual atmosphere, great wine, and a sweet dog)
Kiona (a family business for three generations + one of the owners gave us a free tour and let us try the wine at different stages of the process - we learned a lot!)
Fidelitas (great wine, Joe is a member here)
Gifford Hirlinger (a couple run this winery and live up the hill, one of them will be pouring for you and can tell you anything you ever wanted to know about wine making)
Glencorrie (cozy tasting room)
L'Ecole No. 41 (amazing location in an old schoolhouse)
Three Rivers (laid back setting and now I buy their wine at Fred Meyer all the time)
Favorite Restaurants (in the order in which we visited them):
If the weather permits, eat lunch outside at Brasserie Four. I highly recommend the Moules Frites with the Pernod and garlic broth!
For a nice (and delicious) dinner make a reservation at Whitehouse-Crawford. Brick walls and twinkle lights!
Be prepared to wait in line for breakfast. These Walla Walla folks are serious about their weekend brunch and there are several good options. I recommend Bacon and Eggs and the wait is shorter if you are willing to sit at the counter.