Category: Getting to Know You Tour
Washington: Getting to Know You Tour Stop 8 – The Rattlesnake Hills

One of the things that I knew that I would need to get a handle on when I moved to Washington, was the layout of the various American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). This can sometimes prove to be more difficult than you might think, as the AVAs here have this tendency to overlap, or possibly to be contained within the boundaries [...]

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Washington: Getting to Know You Tour Stop 7 – AVA Wine Rooms

It isn't often that you get a truly unique experience at a retail wine establishment. Sure, there are lots of stores that I have their niches, but for the most part you always come away with an experience that you have had a thousand times before in other shops. Last week I visited AVA Wine Rooms, a local wine room [...]

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Washington: Getting to Know You Tour Stop 6 – Woodinville

One of the great things that I am finding about Washington is that there are so many different experiences within an easy driving distance. The East side of the state, where I am currently living, is all high desert. The desert has its own kind of beauty, with the rolling hills and rivers flowing in every direction, but drive a [...]

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Washington: Getting to Know You Tour Stop 5 – Mercer Estates

Earlier this week I wrote about my recent trip to Prosser, one of the many great wine locales in Washington State. One of the wineries that I visited while I was out there was Mercer Estates, which is the result of a collaboration between two great Washington wine families, the Mercers and the Hogues. When Mike Hogue sold Hogue Cellars [...]

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Washington: Getting to Know You Tour Stop 3 – State Controlled Liquor Sales

Many states have their little quirks when it comes to liquor sales, and Washington has quirks in spades. Washington is one of 18 liquor "control" states, in which the state runs all of the liquor stores. Although I come from Texas, not exactly a home of free market liquor policy, I was still astounded when I first heard about the [...]

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Washington: Getting to Know You Tour Stop 2 – L’Ecole No. 41

For those of you who are regular readers of Vinotology, you know that I am a sucker for a winery with a great story. I always enjoy hearing about the history of the wineries that I visit, and I also love it when the winery does a good job of incorporating that story into their marketing. Of course, it doesn't [...]

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Washington: Getting to Know You Tour Stop 1 – The Tri-Cities

It's been almost a year since I first visited Washington's wine country. My father-in-law had moved to an Eastern Washington city that I'd never heard of. I had always associated Washington with Seattle, which I have visited several times. Everything I had experienced of the state was the rainy Western portion, home of Nirvana and according to popular movies, the [...]

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