Washington Wine Tour

We are so lucky to live in Washington. Not only is it the most beautiful place in the world but we’ve got some darn good wines. Wine country is only 2 hours away from Seattle and last weekend we took advantage of that and took Alex’s parents over to Yakima Valley to do a wine tour.

The Allens at Bottlehouse, gathering suggestions for our wine tour.

The Allens at Bottlehouse, gathering suggestions for our wine tour.

Our wine tour included stops at five tasting rooms in the Yakima Valley area. The first four were outside of Yakima where we went to the actual vineyards where the grapes are grown and the wine is produced, then the fifth was just a tasting room in downtown Yakima. The night before our trip we stopped at the Bottlehouse, our neighborhood wine bar, and asked for some recommendations. Thank goodness we did because the places Henri suggested were absolutely fantastic and have become our new favorites.

First stop: Bonair

First stop: Bonair

We started the trip at Bonair, a winery that Alex and I went to several years ago. We loved Bonair on our first visit but none of us were impressed this time. I guess they got a new winemaker and things seem to have gone downhill, unfortunately. The Bonair estate is gorgeous and they have tapas, so we did get to enjoy sitting outside with some lunch to fill us up before we continued.

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The second stop was our absolute favorite. We had never heard of Two Mountain Winery before, but we quickly fell in love. We tried 7 wines and they were all wonderful {and wonderfully priced, I might add!} – I would have gotten a bottle of every one of them. Alex and I may even join their wine club…..

Two Mountain tasting room

Two Mountain tasting room

Two Mountain

Two Mountain

Our third winery was the most beautiful. We pulled up to Dineen Cellars and were amazed not only at the expansive views their estate offered, but the houses on the property were just adorable. The visit was topped off by incredible wines and great conversations with the owners.

Checking out the view at Dineen.

Checking out the view at Dineen.

After Dineen, we drove back towards Yakima and stopped at Treveri Cellars. Treveri only produces sparkling wines. Alex and I had Treveri before and we love their sparkling syrah – so tasty! Their tasting room was really fun and we had a great time.

Gorgeous views!

Gorgeous views!

Once we got back into Yakima we decided to head out for dinner and stop at a tasting room in downtown Yakima beforehand. Gilbert Cellars is a pretty large wine producer in Washington so we stopped in for a flight to finish off our day.

Such a fun trip.

Such a fun trip.

We all had such a fun day exploring new areas in Washington and drinking some amazing wine. I can’t wait to go back to wine country again soon!