By Kori ~ April 9th, 2012.
Woodinville has definitely become a must-visit destination in Washington wine country. Home of the stateâ€™s oldest, largest, and most well-known wineries, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Winery, the Woodinville area is also home to over 90 wineries and tasting rooms, with new ones opening all the time. Woodinville boasts the second largest concentration of Washington wineries after Walla Walla and is located just 17 miles northeast of Seattle.
For those of you who live in the Seattle area, be sure to mark your calendar for Woodinville Wine Countryâ€™s annual spring event, Passport to Woodinville, coming up the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. Named one of â€œAmericaâ€™s 50 Most Amazing Wine Experiencesâ€ by Food & Wine magazine, Passport to Woodinville offers Washington wine lovers the opportunity to taste through an exciting array of wines at more than 30 participating Woodinville wineries.
Tickets are $75 for a two-day pass, and $65 for a Sunday-only pass. Advance purchase is required, and tickets are only available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Ticket holders receive a glass and passport, allowing one-time entry to participating wineries. No passport is required for designated drivers.
New for this yearâ€™s event, Shuttle Express is offering safe and convenient transportation for guests to participating wineries. The Passport Shuttle will run 11am-4pm both days. Guests can park in a master parking lot, hop on the 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 Passport Shuttle guests who purchase wine during the day.
Passport Shuttle tickets are only $10 per person for a 2-day pass (same price even if you only plan to use it one day) if purchased in advance. They are available for purchase along with your Passport event ticket on Brown Paper Tickets or separately through the Shuttle Express website. Shuttle tickets may also be purchased as a â€œwalk upâ€ during event weekend for $15.
Passport to Woodinville participating wineries include:
Airfield Estates Winery, Anton Ville Winery, Apex at Alder Ridge, Brian Carter Cellars, Bunnell Family Cellars, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Convergence Zone Cellars, Covington Cellars, Davenport Cellars, Des Voigne Cellars, Domaine Ste. Michelle, Elevation Cellars, Finn Hill Winery, Goose Ridge Estate Winery, 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 Cellars, Pondera Winery, Silver Lake Winery, Tefft Cellars, Tempest Sol Winery, II Vintners, William Church Winery, Woodinville Wine Cellars, XSV Winery.
I hope to see you at Passport later this month. It is a great opportunity to enjoy good wine, food, and entertainment as well as stock up on your favorite wines for spring and summer.
Full disclosure: I am the Wine Consultant for Shuttle Express.
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