Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wines of Yakima Valley

Wine, Wine, Wine, and more wine. What a place! So many great vineyards, so little time. We managed however to find some great wineries to spend our time. We stayed along the Yakima river at the Oxford Suites. Great location along a running/bike trail. Oxford Suites offers a wine happy hour, and full hot breakfast in the morning...and of course, pet friendly.

We started off heading south toward Posser for our wine tasting venture. First of all, I have to say EVERYONE was sooo friendly and welcomed Stella, the wines tasting dogggie, with open arms. We began at Windy Point Vineyards. A very contemporary building with a birds eye view of the Yakima Valley. We particularly like the Exclamation Point and bought a few bottles to begin our Washington collection. From here we hit Silver Lake...which I would not visit again and the friendliness seemed to disappear and we did not enjoy a single wine. We loved Piety Flats Winery, a historic mercantile store/tasting room. Janeen Spurlock was our tasting guide and we had a blast talking and learning about the mercantile store the way it was waaay back when.

We also enjoyed Severino Cellars, a turn of the century farm house with a view of Mt. Adams. It's was at Severino where Stella got to hang with a celebrity. Brody the Highland Terrior is featured in the Winerery Dogs Book.
We headed back to the hotel hungry for dinner. We were told of a great sushi restaurant called New York Teriaki that once was a Denny's. Yes, it was fabulous! Fresh, fresh hamachi and maguro. Yum!

Waking up to overcast skies the next day, we packed for our drive to Walla Walla stopping in Prosser for more tasting. Sooo glad we stopped! We found a beautiful park like area which is home to some 7 or so wineries. We spent some good time at Airfield Winery who's estate winery is locally grown and who's story reflects their aviation roots when their family's 1,000 acre vineyard served as a WWII airbase. This is where Stella met Jax and Kevin & Kelly fell in love with their wines!

Next post....Walla Walla

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