On the east side of Lake Washington is the Puget Sound’s most remarkable wine country experience: Woodinville, home to some 90 tasting rooms. Start the day at the Warehouse District with a taste of Washington Riesling at Efeste, then meander across the street to the industrial strip for a chance to truly meet your maker—think a cop-turned-winemaker at Guardian Cellars or Darby Winery’s Darby English. From there, head across North Woodinville Way for a taste of grenache blanc at Two Vintners, Old World varietals at Pomum, and more. In all, you can sample 40 wineries within a single mile in the area.
Midday move on to the Hollywood Schoolhouse area, where more than 20 wineries pour forth. Don’t miss the eastern Washington wineries that have recently established tasting rooms here, including Red Mountain’s Fidelitas, and Walla Walla’s Amavi and Dusted Valley. Slide in for a sample of the Doyenne cab-syrah at DeLille then sate yourself with a bite at The Commons.
Before night falls head west on Woodinville-Redmond Road for a taste at industry stalwarts such as the enormous Columbia Winery, gorgeous Novelty Hill-Januik Winery, and the high-scoring JM Cellars. If you’re fortunate enough to be there select evenings June through September, settle onto the lawn at the state’s oldest winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, for a sip and a concert from the likes of Sarah McLachlan, John Legend, and more.