Touring & Tasting
January 2, 2013 | MIscellaneous Wine Fun! , Wine Country Travel | Touring & Tasting

Touring & Tasting in Washington's Winter Wonderland

Guest Blogger, JessyLynn Perkins, Marketing & E-Media Director. 

Growing up in Eastern Washington, I was thrilled to do a little wine tasting while home for the holidays. Completely different than most would expect, the climate in Eastern Washington is almost opposite to that of Washington's well known city of Seattle. Rather than the rainy and gloomy weather people tend to associate, Tri-Cities, WA is dry and desert-like. And for a surprise, snow from Christmas day graced the vineyards!

The first stop of the day was Kiona Vineyards. Equipped with a friendly tasting room staff, a gorgeous panoramic view of the vineyards, and a delicious tasting of 14 wines, Kiona was a great way to kick off the day.

FUN FACT: Producing their first wine under the Kiona Vineyards name in 1980, Kiona Vineyards is the producer of the first commercial bottling of Lemberger in the United States.

WINES TO TRY: Estate Red Mountain Viognier, Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon & Columbia Valley Late Harvest Riesling

Hedges Family Estate was our second stop, and what a fantastic one it was! Since the weather was extremely chilly for my California blood, the cozy fires, glimmering chandeliers, and warm wines of Hedges Family Estate were right up my alley. Normally the Estate is closed for tastings during the week, so I am extremely grateful to have toured the facilities, while tasting 6 of their signature wines.

FUN FACT: Hedges was one of the first in Washington state to promote terroir-driven wines

WINES TO TRY: 2010 Descendants Liégeois Dupont Syrah & 2011 HIP Chardonnay

J Bookwalter Winery & Bistro's Exterior

Last, but definitely not least was J. Bookwalter Winery & Bistro. Fine dining, live music, and a glass of their just released 2010 Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon was a great way to end the day of touring & tasting in Eastern Washington.

FUN FACT: Washington is naturally sustainable because the pressure on their vineyards is very low. 

WINES TO TRY: 2010 Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon & 2011 NoteBook Riesling

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@ Oct 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Oh Man, your description about Washington is forcing me to back my home in Washington. I am away from Washington for several years now as I have to do higher studies. We are migrated as the whole family from there and there is less chance we will go back. I hope it is possible one day.

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