Fall wine tasting in Walla Walla is getting a whole lot more interesting with the launch of a new curated winemaker itinerary series called WWander Walla Walla Valley Wine. The series is available Saturdays, October 14-December 16, 2017.
The enjoyment of wine tasting for me is not only discovering new wines and learning about what Washington state has to offer, but also chatting with wine people – the makers, the growers, the dreamers who put something delicious in my glass. I ask them where else I should go, what else I should see, what am I missing out on. And I always ask about food.
That’s the concept behind these new custom itineraries. It’s a chance for some of the best Walla Walla winemakers to help visitors get the best Walla Walla experiences by offering suggestions on things they love to drink, eat and enjoy in and around this celebrated wine region.
Each Saturday the itinerary will be curated by a different winemaker. Here are a few sample itineraries to give you some ideas on what to expect.
Woodward Canyon Winery itinerary:
- Exclusive tasting at Woodward Canyon’s tasting room, a restored 1870s farmhouse
- Lunch at a local favorite, Brasserie Four – Rick and Jordan always enjoy a glass of something foreign with lunch
- A tasting of the lineup at Long Shadows Vintners – the Feather and Chester Kidder are favorites
Sleight of Hand Cellars itinerary:
- Taste the current lineup at Sleight of Hand and a few usually reserved for wine club members
- Enjoy Sleight of Hand Wine Club privileges for the day
- The evening’s frivolity starts at Passatempo Tavern for hand-crafted cocktails – try the Hot Italian (an Aperol spritz with a dash of OJ and muddled jalapeño)
Dusted Valley itinerary:
- Start the day at The Colville Street Patisserie – top recommendations are a double tall latte and a palmier
- Get your hands dirty helping the winemaker out with the harvest, followed by a tasting of Dusted Valley’s fall-release wines
- Grab a taco for lunch at Dora’s Deli – the veggie taco is highly recommended
Gramercy Cellars itinerary:
- Exclusive tasting at Gramercy Cellars
- Sample the black label wines at Va Piano Vineyards
- Dinner at Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen
- Spend the weekend at The Marcus Whitman Hotel and attend a Chef’s Table dinner
- Pick up a picnic lunch at Cugini’s Italian Imports and Deli to enjoy on the patio at Aluvé before savoring sophisticated estate-grown wines
- Stop at Tranche Cellars for stunning views of the foothills
If you’re interested in enjoying these Walla Walla itineraries go to WallaWallaWine.com/WWander to register. Registrations launches September 25th, so mark your calendar to check back then (page is not yet active). Registrants gain access to the full itinerary and receive exclusive perks such as winemaker talks, property tours, wine club member benefits for the day or complimentary tastings included in the itinerary.
Registration is free, and the itinerary is a same-day, pay-as-you-go experience.
Walla Walla is home to more than 100 rich and diverse wineries and close to 3,000 acres of vineyards along with a robust arts and culture scene, diverse restaurant and dining options, outdoor adventure, scenic beauty and small-town charm. The Walla Walla Valley has grown in the past fifteen years and has the highest concentration of wineries in Washington, creating a dynamic visitor experience for wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts.