Needing to run an errand in the Woodinville area means making time to try a few new wineries.
At the top of the list was Efeste (upon recommendation of other guests at the Silver Oak dinner).
The latest batch of grapes arrived that morning – and you could smell them as soon as the car door opened. Once inside, the owners were pouring behind the bar. They were just a bit tired from the morning harvest that they forgot to tell us twice about the wine just poured in the glass. Of course, we asked. Yummy wines, but not a great day to be there!
From there we headed towards Alexandria Nicole, as I have never made it to their tasting room here. And I still haven’t. We were distracted by:
J Bookwalter was not on our list from Bill’s last visits. However, I got distracted by the ABS sign on the top of the building (former stop in my career) so we ended up inside. And we were pleasantly surprised by a couple of bold reds. And I loved the play on literary terms. My mind quickly flashed back to my wonderful high school Engligh classes.
Mark Ryan was packed – and for good reason. Tasty wines. And another place with a theme to the wine – Dead Horse, Long Haul, etc. There has been a lot of press ranking this winery at the top, especially for cult wines. I can see why!
Ross Andrews topped my list of places. First, it is always more fun when the winemaker is pouring his wines. The story of the wine can never be duplicated by the staff. Although I am a focused red drinker, he has a beautiful white blend. In fact, we walked out with two wines and one red. Very rare for me!
And ran out of time! So we headed out for dinner and a movie.