If you are looking to escape to a unique wine city, look no further than 30 miles northeast of downtown Seattle where Woodinville is located. With over 130 wineries, the possibilities are endless! If you would like to plan out your destination ahead of time, grab a map of the area so you can highlight the wineries you would like to try.
My favorite places are DeLille Cellars, Efeste, Brian Carter, Chateau Ste. Michelle, and Januik | Novelty Hill. I like wines that are bold, fruity but finish with a sweet vanilla. Bordeaux blends are my absolute favorite because in my opinion, it is the perfect blend of grapes!
Also, if you know ahead of time, Woodinville hosts events during specific seasons and holidays. During the month of October they host “Toll-Free Tasting” which takes place every Saturday from 12:00-5:00pm. By purchasing a 2-for-1 tasting, Columbia Winery will pick up your toll for crossing the 520 bridge. How generous!
By traveling to Woodinville you can experience the unique boutique wineries where you most likely will have the winemakers themselves pour you a glass of his or her finest blend. If you are a wine lover, I would highly recommend planning a day trip with friends soon, because what is not to enjoy more than good company and great wine?
However, if wine isn’t your style, Redhook Brewery* is located near Chateau Ste. Michelle where they just renovated the bar and added cocktails to their menu as well as renaming the bar to Redhook Pub.
The bar has an innovative-industrial feel and it has expanded so a hundred more patrons can enjoy outside and inside dining. They are famous for their $1 tour that runs for one hour, includes five samples of beer, a souvenir tasting glass, a walk through the brewery, and a Redhook history lesson and explanation of how they brew their ales.
If beer and wine are not your cup of booze, there are several new distilleries opening in the Woodinville area. Woodinville Whisky Co. offers tastings and whisky kits to purchase. Project V Distillery & Sausage Company does tastings and sells locally made sausage.
Woodinville is a great destination for a fun day trip with a variety of wineries to try and not only will you experience purple smiles; you can head over to Redhook Brewery and get your “hops” on too!