By Kori ~ November 14th, 2011.
The holiday season is upon us! Retail stores already have Christmas decorations up, and Starbucks is featuring eggnog lattes and peppermint mochas. Thanksgiving is next week, and while I don’t want to gloss over that holiday because of premature Christmas excitement, it is time to make plans for December events.
For those of you who live in the Seattle area, be sure to mark your calendar for the St. Nicholas Day Open House in Woodinville the weekend of December 3rd and 4th. Thirty-seven (37) Woodinville wineries are participating and will be offering a festive assortment of special wine tastings, holiday bites, and gift giving ideas as part of this annual event.
Two-day passes are $55, and Sunday-only tickets are available for $40. All ticket holders will receive a booklet of participating wineries and a commemorative glass. Advanced purchase is required as tickets are limited and are sure to sell out. Tickets are available online only from Woodinville Wine Country.
New for this year’s event, Shuttle Express will be offering safe and convenient transportation for guests to participating wineries. The St. Nick’s Shuttle will run 11am-4pm both days. Guests can park in a master parking lot, hop on the St. Nick’s Shuttle, and then hop off and back on as often as they would like. The shuttle service will cover all participating wineries, and guests will not have to wait more than 15 minutes at any stop. Also, Shuttle Express will offer secured, staffed wine purchase storage for St. Nick’s Shuttle guests who purchase wine during the day.
St. Nick’s Shuttle tickets are only $10 per person for a 2-day pass (same price even if you only plan to use it one day) and may be purchased online in advance or as a “walk up” during the event.
Participating wineries include:
Airfield Estates Winery, Anton Ville Winery, Apex at Alder Ridge, Brian Carter Cellars, Challenger Ridge, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Convergence Zone Cellars, Covey Run, Covington Cellars, Davenport Cellars, Des Voigne Cellars, DiStefano Winery, Domaine Ste. Michelle, Elevation Cellars, Goose Ridge Estate Winery Tasting Room, Hollywood Hill Vineyards, Isenhower Cellars, J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio, Kestrel Vintners, Matthews Estate, Michael Florentino Cellars, Northwest Totem Cellars, Otis Kenyon Wine Tasting Room, Page Cellars, Patit Creek Cellars, Patterson Cellars, Piccola Wines, Pondera Winery, Red Sky Winery, Silver Lake Winery, Tefft Cellars, Tempest Sol Winery, Two Vintners, William Church Winery, Woodinville Wine Cellars and XSV Wines.
I hope to see you at St. Nick’s in December. It is a great opportunity to enjoy good wine, food, and entertainment as well as stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays and get that special something for family, friends, or co-workers.
Full disclosure: I am the Wine Consultant for Shuttle Express.
Filed under: American Wine, Washington State Wine, Wine Activities/Events