Just outside of Seattle, Woodinville is a small town with unique appeal—it's wine country less than a half hour from the city! Set among rolling hills, fields and towering evergreens are more than 80 wineries all located fairly close together (though some distances need a bike or a car). If you're looking for a wine tasting experience beyond a wine bar, this is it.
Any time you visit, at least some of the tasting rooms will be open, but for the utmost in tasting convenience, head to Woodinville's Warehouse District.
The Warehouse District is a marvelous place—a collection of tasting rooms all within walking distance of each other. Park your car and enjoy the evening on foot with ease.
The best time to visit the Warehouse District is for a Thursday Wine Walk. Thursday Wine Walks take place on the first and third Thursday of each month, and are hands down one of the best ways to enjoy a Thursday night anywhere. Between April and October, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., several wineries, breweries and maybe even a distillery or two open their tasting rooms in the Warehouse District for a flat price of $20! For that $20, you get 15 tasting tickets to use as you see fit. You can purchase bonus tickets, too, and each ticket gets you a pour.
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Each Third Thursday often brings with it a special theme. Sometimes themes are as simple as showing off what Woodinville has to offer, other themes may center on a holiday or a season.
Watch for fall-themed appetizers or holiday happenings, which always make fine complement to any wine tasting.
For this year's theme and date lineup, visit Woodinville Wine Country's website.
Participating Wineries and Breweries
With so many wineries and breweries in Woodinville, the tasting lineup for Thursday Wine Walks is not set in stone.
You might see major players on the lineup, like Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery or Redhook Brewery. But don't limit yourself to names you've seen on store shelves! Try someone you've never heard of. Wineries range from Alta Cellars to Vessel Wines, from Eye of the Needle Winery to Red Sky.
Tasting in Woodinville
Woodinville Wine Country is home to more than 80 wineries, distilleries, breweries and even some meaderies. On any given day, venture out to Woodinville and drive between the wineries and other producers, enjoy tasting sessions, tours and restaurants at some of the locations. Chances are, you won’t be disappointed, and yet there are a few problems if you want to taste a wide variety of wines.
First, tastes usually cost about $10 each. Tasting fees often get refunded if you buy a bottle, but even so, if you’re on a budget and not sure what you'd like to buy, the cost can add up. Second, the act of driving between wineries and breweries can be tricky after a winery or two or three (unless you spit). Enlist a designated driver or look for tours. You can walk between some of the wineries and there are bike trails, if you rent or bring your own bikes along.