The summer months are the ideal time to go exploring, and what better way to cool off in the summer sun than by sipping some cool wine at winery set in an idyllic location? For many wine lovers, that means taking a trip west to California, but it also often means battling the tourist crowds who all have the same idea. If you are looking for a great place to do a little wine sampling that is perhaps not as popular as Napa Valley and the surrounding regions, may we suggest that you take a look at Washington State? There are some truly wonderful wineries there, and we have picked out just a few of the best.
Cave B Estate – Situated outside of Seattle in Quincy, Cave B has a setting that is to die for. As the name suggests, the tasting room is set inside a cool cave dwelling, with old oak barrels serving as table tops. The tasting room is the perfect escape from the hot sun, but this is a spot that is all about the outside views. Situated on a 900-foot high cliff, the views are astounding, and you are right within reach of the Gorge amphitheater, where live music is always on tap in the summer months.
Barnard Griffin – This is the place to be if you are a fan of art, as well as of wine. The Barnard Griffin winery has great wines at affordable prices, and also offers up artisan foods that are perfect for a summer picnic. This winery also has an art school attached to it, and you can check out some of the amazing pieces made by the students there. A truly unique wine spot.
Chateau Ste. Michelle – If you like wineries on a grand scale, then it’s safe to say that they don’t come much bigger than this one. The main center is located in Woodinville, which is the perfect base camp if you plan on doing several different wine tours in Washington State. The Chateau Ste. Michelle winery offers up a host of different tasting and tour options, and we recommend that you go for the Ultimate Tour, although you will need to book that one in advance.
Nefarious Cellars – If you are looking with a winery with a view, then this one way very well need to go to the top of your list. They really don’t come much more scenic than Nefarious Cellars, as there are magnificent views of Lake Chelan to be had when you sip wine here. It also helps that the wines being produced here are nothing short of exquisite.
Northstar Winery – An offshoot of Chateau Ste. Michelle, this Walla Walla winery offers something totally unique, assuming that you are willing to pay a little bit extra. The wine tastings are very much on the affordable side of things, but we recommend paying the $85 that gets you the Blending Experience. With this, you get a little class in the art of blending, during which you get to blend your own.