Raise a glass in western Washington.
Tucked among strip malls and horse farms, Woodinville is one of Washington’s—if not the world’s—most unusual wine regions. Here, more than 90 wineries—among them, a few of the state’s largest producers—grow grapes in the arid climate of the Columbia Valley. During the day, hop from tasting room to tasting room and then soak up all of those tannins with a rich dinner in the evening.
The attached restaurant of the Willows Lodge carries wines from nearly all the best local produces. Lunch includes light seafood dishes like hazelnut-encrusted scallops.
Visitors can try some of Washington's best Syrahs in a starkly modern, 33,000-square-foot facility that includes a full-time kitchen staff, wine-tasting classes, and even a bocce court. The property shares its space (and winemaker) with Januik Winery.
Visitors can try some of Washington's best Syrahs in a starkly modern, 33,000-square-foot facility that includes a full-time kitchen staff, wine-tasting classes, and even a bocce court. The property shares its space (and winemaker) with Novelty Hill.
The boutique winery makes a firm Bordeaux blend called Chaleur Estate.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
The Provençal-style castle on 87-acres was built by Washington's second-largest wine producer.
Dinner at The Herbfarm is a four or five hour experience. Guests are greeted with a pre-dinner beverage and taken on an herb garden tour before sitting down for the 9-course tasting menu. Influenced by the seasons, local farmers, and foragers, menus have included “Super Cattle in Seattle” and “Salmon Nation.” Puget Sound perch and Lummi Island Reef-netted sockeye are a few of the local fish that have made menu appearances. Dinner includes six wine pairings and after-dinner coffee and teas, but non-drinkers can have six hand-crafted botanical infusions, made daily by Herbfarm’s sommeliers to match each course.
The 84 rooms are subtly done in salvaged timber and antique slate, and outfitted with Frette linens, fireplaces, and giant Jacuzzis for two. The Burke Gilman Trail beckons cyclists to feel the wind in their hair. A full-service spa offers lengthy massages. If all of this is too much stimulation, take a relaxing walk through the carefully curated gardens.