Wowee, we had an amazing time in Woodinville today! My best friends, my husband and I met up at Chateau Ste Michelle first. They had a beautiful Christmas display, but we all felt that the wine was pedestrian and moved quickly on to Mark Ryan Winery.
The wine HERE was stunning. It was understated and excellent. It’s pricey but worth it.
I absolutely love their bold red wines. We all enjoyed the Long Haul and the Dead Horse especially. The tasting room itself was a interesting juxtaposition of rock/hip-hop album covers and wine paraphernalia.
There was even a neat vintage Indian motorcycle in the Mark Ryan tasting room!
Next door was the J. Bookwalter tasting room…
The main stop was the fun Stained Tooth Society wine club party at Dusted Valley!
They had festive harvest and wheat decorations, typical of their wine labels. The four of us all agreed that the Walla Walla Reserve Syrah was utterly fabulous and worthy of purchasing.
We all got a kick out of the etched magnums, with their skeleton bikers and flames!
Our last stop of the day, was right next door to Dusted Valley. Brian Carter Cellars was nice cap to our wonderful wine tasting afternoon.
There was a wonderful sunset as we left Brian Carter. Overall we had fun wine tasting, but it lacked the familiarity and personability of a non-retail oriented wine experience like our favorite Walla Walla tasting rooms.