Adam West Day returns to Walla Walla

Get ready for a supercharged blast from the past as Adam West Day returns to downtown Walla Walla, on Sat., Sept. 21, with activities continuing through the weekend. Now in its third year, the event will give fans of the man best known as TV’s Batman a chance to celebrate him in the town where  Read the full article

Great tastes in the Columbia River Gorge

One of the most difficult things about driving through the Columbia River Gorge is leaving the Columbia River Gorge. Shaped by volcanoes, ice age floods and the mighty persistence of the Columbia River, there simply is no other place like it. Over a span of about 80 miles, its banks transition from steep forested hillsides  Read the full article

Meet the man behind Chelan’s electric bike winery tours

When you hear Merick “Merv” Hill’s British accent, you’d never guess that he was born in Virginia. And that’s just one of the many surprising things about the founder of Chelan Electric Bikes, which offers the phenomenally popular electric bike winery tours at Lake Chelan. (The outings are offered on Pedego electric bicycles, shown below.)  Read the full article

Valdemar Estates brings touches of Spain to Walla Walla

At first glance, there are not many obvious similarities between Walla Walla and La Rioja. But don’t tell that to Jesús Martinez Bujanda. On his first visit to the Rocks District, the area’s stony soils reminded him of the Spanish region’s terrain. “It was like, “Whoa, I know this,’” he says. “This is home.” And  Read the full article

Top Okanagan Valley wine experiences

You’d be hard-pressed to find a wine region more fascinating than British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Thanks to its north-south alignment, between the 49t and 50th parallels, and temperatures that transition from warm to cool, it nurtures a spectrum of wines. These range from aromatic whites and pinot noir up north to big reds in the warmer  Read the full article

Reflections on the Lake Chelan AVA at Ten

It’s tough to decide what’s more impressive about Lake Chelan wineries these days. The number of people who fill the tasting rooms. Or the number of ways you can get to them. The area’s limousine-tour business is booming. And tour groups arriving at tasting rooms on electric bikes have become common sights. You can get  Read the full article

Tours That Let You Rock Wine Country Like a Boss

Mark Ryan Winery. DeLille Cellars. Seven Hills Winery. Andrew Will Winery. It’s one thing to see these names on labels. It’s another see the vineyard blocks where the grapes for these producers’ most-esteemed bottlings are grown. That’s what I discovered on a bike tour with Red Mountain Trails. About a minute into the ride, we were  Read the full article

Cheers to rosé and Woodinville favorites

Valentine’s Day. Thanksgiving dinner. Random Tuesday nights. There are many great reasons to open a bottle of rosé throughout the year. But backyard gatherings seem to be the quintessential settings for these versatile sippers. And that’s exactly what you get at JM Cellars in Woodinville. With rosé­–release season in full swing, I’ll shed light on  Read the full article

Food Truck Night Uncorks Spring Fun in Walla Walla

It was balmy this past Monday evening in Walla Walla, as anticipation for spring fun filled the air. In the industrial park just past the airport, a stream of cars and trucks was filling the grassy parking area behind Burwood Brewing Company’s barn-shaped brewery and tap room. A five-piece band was wrapping up its sound  Read the full article

Taste Washington Lets You Be the Judge

For four glorious days at the end of March, the 2019 edition of Taste Washington will turn Seattle into the center of the epicurean universe. Now the nation’s largest single-region wine-and-food festival, the annual event seems to consistently bring new events and presenters into the fold, while retaining those that everybody loves. This year’s festivities begin  Read the full article

Willamette Valley Gets its Gamay On

John Grochau recommends pairing it with charcuterie or slightly aged cheeses. Tom Monroe likes the way it cuts through the fatty oils of roasted chicken. The list of foods that Doug Tunnell suggests having it with, including fish, pasta and Mexican food, seems longer than the ones he rules out. “It” is gamay noir, or  Read the full article

Are You Ready for Red Wine and Chocolate?

It’s February, and love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is coming fast, and so are red wine-and-chocolate tastings at Yakima Valley, Lake Chelan and Olympic Peninsula wineries. While sweet wines tend to make better mates than dry reds for most chocolate preparations, a big part of the fun at these events comes from experiencing the creativity that  Read the full article

Great Reasons to Embrace Cellar Season in Willamette Valley

Neatly pruned vineyards along quiet country roads. The warmth of a fireplace or an unexpected sunbreak. A chance to sip wines at a leisurely pace, and the unhurried attention of the staff in tasting rooms. These are just some of the uplifting pleasures of a wine-country getaway in winter. It’s a quiet time of year,  Read the full article

A Little More About This Site

If you are reading this note during the month it was posted, congratulations. You are a true fan of Northwest wine. The vineyards are bare. The tasting-room crowds are dying down. This site is still in beta. And here you are, planning a trip to a Northwest wine destination. Good on ya! It’s people like  Read the full article

Welcome to the Grape Northwest

Hello, and welcome to the Grape Northwest. This highly subjective guide is designed to help you find the best places to taste, eat and stay in the region’s top wine destinations is based on more than a dozen years (and counting) of travel to wineries and tasting rooms across the region. I’ll also be using  Read the full article