Our guide to the Washington's wine country includes fantastic winery tasting rooms, great restaurants and delicious recipes from local chefs (right).

October 17, 2011

Washington's Best

Where to Eat


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Places to Visit

Amavi Cellars and Pepper Bridge Winery

Swiss expat Jean-François Pellet is the talented winemaker for Amavi Cellars and Pepper Bridge. At the new tasting room for both labels, visitors can sample six of his bottlings for $10. Don't miss the dense, peppery 2007 Pepper Bridge Merlot, one of this year's F&W American Wine Awards winners. Guests can also buy wine by the bottle or glass to drink on the outdoor patio. —Megan Krigbaum

Dunham Cellars

Eric Dunham, MacLachlan's partner in Pursued by Bear, fashions some of the best Cabernets and Syrahs in Walla Walla. —J.S.

Dusted Valley

Visitors can not only taste Dusted Valley's appropriately named Stained Tooth Syrah but peruse a gallery of works by Pacific Northwest artists, too. —M.K.

Isenhower Cellars

Tiny Isenhower Cellars recently decided to stop distributing its wines through shops and restaurants and sell them only at its tasting room and online. —M.K.

J. Bookwalter

J. Bookwalter's modern, loft-like tasting studio is the place to try its concentrated 2007 Foreshadow Merlot and 2009 Anecdote Riesling. Live music is an added bonus. —M.K.

Soul Wine

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Five Great Washington Bottles

© Ernest R. Munch

  • 2007 Woodward Canyon Merlot
  • « 2008 Boom Boom! Syrah
  • NV Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Blancs Pinot Noir
  • 2008 Vin du Lac Lehm Dry Riesling
  • 2006 Kiona Lemberger

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Ray Isle on Syrah

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