The first day of our ten day journey through Washington Wine Country found us in Woodinville, a suburb of Seattle. There are many tasting rooms here (due to the close proximity to Seattle’s wine loving population), but only some have their actual wine making facilities here. Most of the vineyards are located east of the Cascade mountains, which we will be visiting later this week. On this day we visited DeLille, Mark Ryan, Ross Andrew and Januik/Novelty Hill wineries.
My favorite of the bunch was Mark Ryan. The wines were great, and so was the delightful gal in the tasting room, Kyra. She was really fun and great, but also knew a lot about the wines. We especially loved all of the Bordeaux blends, as well as the Syrah. While there, a nice guy showed up with his dog. This “nice guy” turned out to be Jerry of Guardian Cellars. We would have loved to have tried his wines as well, but he’s sold out! Guess he’s doing something right too. I’ll be sure to check him out next vintage!
Ross Andrew (tasting room next door to Mark Ryan) also did a bang-up job. His 2008 Boushe Vineyard Syrah was really tasty, with black fruit and some bacon fat on the palate and a nice long velvety finish.
There aren’t a lot of lodging options right in Woodinville. We stayed at the Willows Lodge in one of their suites, which was off the charts amazing. It was truly one of the best rooms in which I’ve ever stayed, and I’ve stayed in some really cool rooms. (We did a last minute upgrade for only $30!) Their restaurant (Barking Frog) was packed and we hadn’t made reservations. The bar was packed too, so we ordered room service instead (which was also from the Barking Frog) and it was awesome!
The next day we had lunch at Purple, a great restaurant with a fabulous wine list and Jeff (our server) was beyond great. They have wonderful food and great wines by the glass.
After lunch I really wanted to taste at Sparkman, but we were about 45 minutes early. They open at 1pm and we needed to head to our next destination, so we decided to save Sparkman for our next visit to Woodinville.
Next stop: Leavenworth!