To say that winters in the Pacific Northwest can be long, dark, drizzle fests is to say the least about the tedious gray on gray. Gray trees, gray skies, streets that shine and erase the traffic lines, so duh-ulll!
Last Saturday my friend and I had a few hours to fill so decided to do a quick run to do some wine-tasting. This is the perfect way to chase away the doldrums. The mecca for winos and wine lovers in the Puget Sound lies about 14 miles north and a little east of Seattle in a town called Woodinville.
Host to a staggering 130 wineries, wine bars & tasting rooms on a sunny day this place is a destination for tourists and locals alike. That makes for crowding and sometimes a bit of a wait time to get near the tasting bar.
The better time to visit is on a rainy day or a misty early afternoon, when the tasting rooms are quieter. There are open seats, less din and the staff seems less harried and eager to share.
We decided to stop at a newer tasting venue, a corner area with a brewery and four tasting rooms, with 2 more scheduled to open later in the Spring. The tasting rooms are fairly new, stylized and inviting.
19151 144th Ave NE #F
Woodinville, WA 98072
First Stop: Gard Vintners
Tasting room manager, William, poured us through the line-up,of course we had to taste them all, but I was totally charmed by their Grand Klausse 2012 Rose’ . Made from 100% Grenache, it has just the right weight, some melon on the nose and pleasant little acidity to linger over. Truly a great choice for sipping wine on a warm deck in the coming months. I can hardly wait. http://www.gardvintners.com
Here’s a quick picture of a new tasting room for Beaumont Cellars, a winemaker located in Quincy, WA. We ducked in for a quick tasting and have decided that this place will definitely be a revisit when we can stay longer and linger. www.beaumontcellars.com
The final tasting room here was the brand new Five Star Cellars. Well packed with appreciative customers, Five Star has wines that I find velvety, bold and packed full of flavors that my tongue and I appreciate. Since my picture of the tasting room did not do it justice, I will bow to a homage of the wine , my pick for Taste of the Day, their Stellar 2008 Red Wine. At $48 a bottle, it’s on my wish list if I ever win the lottery. If I did however, I could drink a case or two, of this. http://www.fivestarcellars.com