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 Filed as : Regional SpotlightWashington

Walla Walla, Washington

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  • Publish Date: Oct 13, 2009

There are few wine regions with nomenclatures that conjure such incredulous inquiries as Walla Walla, Washington. “That’s a place?” Yabba Dabba Doo sounds equally compelling as a destination in wine country. But, yes, it is real. Better yet, you can visit.

Walla Walla boasts 1,500 acres of vineyards and more than 100 wineries in the southeastern corner of Washington. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Walla Walla is naturally irrigated by dozens of streams that trickle their way down to the green hills below. In fact, this is the namesake of the region: Walla Walla means “many waters.”

The natural irrigation and long sunny days (Walla Walla only receives 12 inches of rain per year) make it the perfect place to cultivate grapes with balanced sugar and acidity, leading to delicious wine. The Daily Sip™’s favorites from Walla Walla include L’Ecole No.41 Seven Hills Estate Luminisce and Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Merlot (Seven Hills Vineyard pictured above).

Taking alliteration to the next level, the self-proclaimed “Walla Walla Wine Woman” is another source you can consult on wine recommendations from the region. Not only does she sell Walla-Walla wines on her website, but her blog, “Through the Walla Walla Grapevine,” is filled with details of some great vineyards in the area.

Interested in exploring a new wine region without having to travel overseas? Go to www.wallawalla.org to help plan your trip.

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