If it’s got to do with wine, it must be California, right? That’s what most Americans still think. However, slowly and steadily the winery scene in the United States has changed. While earlier, it was California that was known for the famed Red wines, Washington has caught up. And it is now ranked second in the premium wine producers in the country.
With more than 900 wineries and over 350 wine growers, the state now produces around 70 different varieties of wine. This amounts to more than 2 billion dollars’ worth of business. The percentage of red wine produced is more than the white wine at 58 to 42.
Here we take a look at a few best wineries in Washington that sells food. A visit to the winery is definitely refreshing. Especially if you are a wine enthusiast, you also get to see the complete wine making process. That you also get to taste different wines is just a bonus.
The tag line says it all, “Fine Wines, Crafted with Artistry and Passion”. Cave B is situated in the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley AVA, 900 feet above the Columbia River. The winery also functions as a resort with various accommodation options. So, you can explore the possibilities of a weekend visit too. This is supplemented by the Tendrils Restaurant located in the main lodge. As expected, the restaurant offers homegrown, locally-sourced cuisine. The a-la-carte choices include pastas, artisanal cheeses, organic meats, herbs, fruits and vegetables from their Chef’s Garden and orchards. Of course, all this comes creatively paired with Cave B wine.
Situated in the heart of the wine country, Barnard Griffin produces some superb wines. It has a wine shop, membership based wine clubs, a tasting room, an eatery called The Kitchen and even an art studio, db. Studio.
In the tasting room, you get to taste the carefully chosen wines created by Rob Griffin, the winemaker. The cuisine at The Kitchen is extravagant to say the least and all that is paired with their fine wines.
Col Solare dates back to 1995 and offers world class wines as part of their mission to produce the best wines. People can visit their Red Mountain Estate Vineyard and Winery, or Bottega at Chateau Ste. Michelle for winery experience. Apart from stunning views and carefully created wines, they also offer good food. It is truly an out-of-the-world experience.
Columbia Crest started operations alongside the Columbia River in Horse Heaven Hills from 1983. They take pride in the carefully crafted exceptional wines produced by them. They are the official partners of the official wine partner of the Seattle Sounders FC. Spectacular views and great food paired with the world class wines are their forte.
There are many more good wineries like DeLille Cellars, Charles Smith/K Vintners and Gramercy Cellars. Each is a discovery of its own, so you can check them out at leisure.
By: Chris Hartland