By John ~ August 1st, 2008.
It all began on April 8th of this year; a road trip through 23 states covering 12,360 miles. Since then, Iâ€™ve posted 16 times from the road as we visited almost too many wineries to count in search of that next great bottle. Obviously, I hope that you have read all of my posts from the road and that they have helped you find some new wines to try. But in case you havenâ€™t read all of them yet, you will find links at the end of this post.
Along the way, we made some discoveries Iâ€™d like to recap.
Best new type of wine for us:
Port. We found good Ports in California, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, but our favorite was the NV Mount Pleasant Tawny Library Port from Missouri of all places.
Most promising of the newer wine states:
Texas, Kentucky, Missouri, Colorado, and Idaho.
Best of the wine regions we were visiting for the first time:
Central Coast of California and Lake Chelan County in Washington State.
Top Winery Discoveries (wineries we didnâ€™t know before this trip):
Lincourt Vineyardsâ€”Solvang, CA
Mount Pleasant Wineryâ€”Augusta, MO
Watermill Wineryâ€”Milton-Freewater, OR
Stephenson Cellarsâ€”Walla Walla, WA
Honorable Mention Winery Discoveries (wineries we didnâ€™t know before this trip):
Siduri/Novy Winesâ€”Santa Rosa, CA
Andrew Murray Vineyardsâ€”Los Olivos, CA
Williamson Vineyardâ€”Caldwell, ID
Nefarious Cellarsâ€”Chelan, WA
I hope you have enjoyed traveling with us by reading our posts during our road trip. If you are curious about any of the sights we saw in addition to our wine stops, leave a comment and I would be happy to share those highlights with you as well.
Previous Road Trip posts:
Sonoma and Napa (April 14)
Central Coast, California (April 18)
Arizona (April 25)
New Mexico (May 2)
Texas (May 9)
Tennessee and Kentucky (May 16)
Mid-America (May 23)
Ballpark Wine (May 30)
South Dakota (June 6)
Colorado (June 13)
Idaho (June 20)
Eastern Oregon (June 27)
Walla Walla, Day 1 (July 4)
Walla Walla, Day 2 (July 11)
Spokane (July 18)
Chelan (July 25)
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