When visiting Washington State, there are things you just have to do. Like, visit a National Park. Hike a trail in the mountains. See the Space Needle. Take a picture by the gum wall in Pike Place. Buy a cup of coffee at the very first Starbucks. Whale watch in Puget Sound. And, you have to, have to, have to devote an entire day to hopping wineries.
Because- ranked as the second largest wine producing state in the U.S., it is safe to say Washington knows a thing or two about a fine, glass of wine. You won’t make it through all 300-some different wineries in a single day, but you can cross new ones off of your list each time you visit. Here are a few to get you started.
50 years ago, the founding fathers of Chateau St. Michelle set out to prove that great wine doesn’t only come from Italy or California. And they’ve done it. This winery is now one of the largest producers of wine in Washington, using the oldest vines in the state; planted in 1972.
Book a wine tasting tour with a group of friends and find out why they’ve won Best Winery of The Year so many times, learn about the history, and get a sneak peek at how it is made.
If you are looking for something more hands-on, choose to be a “Winemaker for a Day.” This one-of-a-kind tour allows you to mix your own blend to bottle up and take home.
Founded in 1992, rumor has it if you want the best glass of Cabernet Sauvignon in town, this is the place to get it!
Like Chateau St. Michelle, DeLille Cellars also uses some of the oldest vines in Washington state. Their delicious wine and charming atmosphere are only two reasons why this quaint little chain continues to lead as a fan-favorite.
If you are planning your wedding, inquire about renting their gorgeous ten-acre Chateau for your special day.
Created and owned by Charles Smith, a former rock band manager turned self-taught wine expert; this place is always high in energy. Even the bottles have punchy names like Kung Fu Girl Riesling, The Velvet Devil Merlot and Boom Boom, Syrah.
In 2006, Smith shook things up by developing a different kind of brand that reshaped the wine industry a bit. “The Modernist Project,” uses a new production technique. It allows wine to be created and enjoyed immediately without compromising the quality or flavor. Rock on!
Can’t wait? Kick the party off early, by joining the Rocket88 Wine club, and have bottles mailed directly to you.
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It’s wine- Just drink it