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 Filed as : Regional SpotlightWashington

Wine Country Travel

Aug 19, 2011
Wine Country Travel
What to see, do and taste in Washington wine country.

walla_wallaIt's always nice to visit a wine region that's within easy driving distance of a major city. Unfortunately, Walla Walla, Washington, doesn't fit the bill--it's pretty much in the middle of nowhere, hugging the state's border with Oregon and equidistant between Seattle and Boise, Idaho. But no matter that Walla Walla is out of the way; it's well worth the effort to visit this vinous oasis.

The two best wineries happen to be right next door to each other. You can taste at one, then mosey on over to the other for round two. Start at L'Ecole No. 41, situated in a former schoolhouse, to taste the merlot and semillon--both of which seem to deliver great value every year. When you're done there, walk over to top-notch winery Woodward Canyon, which usually turns heads for its outstanding cabernet sauvignon.

Once you've worked up an appetite, take in lunch at French café Brasserie Four, a favorite among locals and tourists alike, according to Ryan Pennington, public relations director for the Washington State Wine Commission. If a French restaurant is outside the boundries of your budget, Pennington recommends checking out Andrae's Kitchen, a local food truck that inspires a long line of appreciative foodie fans.

When you’re done with your ingesting responsibilities, go for a hike on one of Walla Walla’s dozens of beautiful trails, many of which bring you to scenic overlooks. But in this part of the country you can certainly get more active--whether it’s fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking or some strange, previously unheard-of combination of all three. Take your pick.

What's your favorite Washington State wine? Tell us below.

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