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Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington

Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington

We’ve only been to Walla Walla one time. What I remember of the trip is not so much the wines but the trip to get there and the views of the landscape. We flew into Portland (PDX) airport, rented a car and drove to Walla Walla. The weather was hot and after traversing the country and renting the car, it seemed like a very long trip.

Other things I remember are the numerous signs for Walla Walla onions. If only we did not have to return home via air, we would have stopped to buy onions. Oh, that’s right we were on a mission to explore the renowned wineries of Walla Walla.

Previous to this visit we had been to the Seattle suburban wineries located in Woodinville. The wineries/tasting rooms were nice and the location so close to Seattle was great. The residents of Seattle have a wonderful opportunity to visit tasting rooms right on their doorstep. However, this area is not conducive for growing grapes. So while they have many tasting rooms, the vineyards are lacking.

Not so in Walla Walla where wine enthusiasts can visit many wineries, tasting rooms and view acres upon acres of vineyards. Unfortunately Walla Walla is not particularly easy and quick to reach from Seattle or Portland. It’s about a four hour drive from either city’s airport.

So some Walla Walla wineries are promoting their wines by locating tasting rooms closer to Seattle and hosting events off-site. In February you may want to discover Walla Walla wines in Seattle or Portland.

February 10, 2014
Event: Walla Walla Wine @ McCaw Hall
Location: Seattle

February 24, 2014
Event: Walla Walla Wine @ Pure Space
Location: Portland, Oregon

For more information visit the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance website.

Cheers! Kathy

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