In a region with 300 sunny days a year, some of them are bound to be in winter. This is an ideal season to head to Tri-Cities in Eastern Washington wine country for a wine-tasting weekend. With tasting-room crowds thinned out, it will seem like you have the area’s wineries all to yourself.
Start your tasting tour in West Richland, just off I-182; head to Tulip Lane, home to three acclaimed, side-by-side wineries, each with dining as well. These three wineries are among the oldest in the state. It’s a tasting adventure to go from one to the next on a quest to pick your favorite wines among the three winery’s lineups. On your first stop, you’ll taste top-tier wines at J. Bookwalter Winery, known for exceptional vineyard sourcing and highly skilled winemaking. Next door is Barnard Griffin Winery, offering a comfortable tasting room where you can relax over a flight of wines crafted by renowned winemaker and owner Rob Griffin. Last stop on Tulip Lane is Tagaris Winery, where you’ll enjoy wines by winemaker Frank Roth, who earned his chops next door at Bernard Griffin.
You’ll find other opportunities to sample the regions wines without leaving the city at one of the local wine bars: the comically named Three-Eyed Fish in Richland; Bin No. 20 in Pasco; and Vine, Wine and Craft Bar at The Lodge at Columbia Point in Richland.
To find lodging in Tri-Cities, directions to wineries and wine bars, dining and other attractions. Go to visittri-cities.com.