Seattle Winery Tour

After consuming a huge breakfast at 5 Point Cafe in the morning, I headed out to Woodinville, not far from Seattle proper.

Columbia Winery

First, we hit Columbia winery where I got to try 6 different wines. I later realized this is unusual as most wineries offered 4 wines to taste.

Most tasting rooms in Woodinville offer tastings for $5 but I was there as part of a tour group through Shuttle Express. Their tour is very convenient and I really liked the cushy seats of their “luxury 6-passenger coach.” The shuttles picks up from Seattle on Saturdays and returns you well plastered by early evening.

wines from Columbia Winery

Pinot Gris from Columbia Winery

The two other people on the tour with me were a couple also from L.A. In fact, they live 5 minutes from me and we quickly bonded over the fact and also because hilariously, we breakfasted at the same joint and their hotel was across from mine. Nicky and Dave were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary and this wine tour was part of their celebration.

Efeste

Final Final from Efeste

I enjoyed the zest for life from Efeste. Their Final Final is a red blend and quite nice.

barrels at Patterson Cellars

Patterson Cellars

At Patterson Cellars, we were treated to a tour and wonderful wines. I loved their rose which had the craziest legs I’ve ever seen in a wine. A burlesque dancer would want these legs!

Distefano Winery

Distefano wines

I wasn’t too into the Distefano winery. They were very busy and didn’t have time to explain their wines to us. However, they were good. I wouldn’t mind going again if there wasn’t other huge groups in the tasting room.

trio of grappa from Soft Tail Spirits

We got waylaid by grappa next door. The fine folks at Soft Tail are known for their grappa but they were also introducing their first vodka. Made from Washington apples, I could clearly taste the apple. In fact, it tasted like caramel apples though it was not a flavored vodka. I was in love.

Soft Tail Vodka

I love how my picture focused on everything but the vodka. Or maybe that’s how I was seeing things after 4 wineries (having tasted over 20 wines by this point).

Davenport Cellars

We still had time on our tour so we went to two more wineries in the Warehouse district, Davenport and Page Cellars. At Davenport, I enjoyed their syrah quite a bit but their other reds are quite palatable as well.

Page Cellars

Page Cellars

Although Page gave the smallest pours, we were quite satisfied since at this point, my companions and I had a pretty good idea of what Washington wines tasted like.

In general, I liked the bold reds and the pretty whites quite a bit. Up until this point, I was only really familiar with Chateau St. Michelle so I was very glad to try some new wines!

Columbia Winery

14030 NE 145th Str
Woodinville, WA 98072

Efeste Wines

19730 144th Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072

Patterson Cellars

19501 144th Ave NE
Suite D 600
Woodinville, WA 98072

Distefano Winery

12280 NE Woodinville Dr
Woodinville, WA 98072

Soft Tail Spirits

12280 Woodinville Dr NE
Suite C
Woodinville, WA 98072

Davenport Cellars

19501 144th Ave NE
Suite B-600
Woodinville, WA 98072

Page Cellars

19495 144th Ave NE
Suite B205
Woodinville, WA 98072

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