10 Tips to Enjoy Harvest in Woodinville Wine Country

There are few smells as deliciously appealing as a winery during harvest.  Think freshly baked bread, only better.  Add to this the sights and sounds of a new vintage in the making, and you won’t want to miss Woodinville Wine Country this fall. Here are 10 tips to make sure you get the most out of your trip:

  1. Map your route. Use Woodinville Wine Country’s web site map or pick up a touring brochure and select a geographic area to visit.
  2. Call ahead. Wineries receive grapes on different days and at various times. If you want to see the crusher in action, call ahead and ask the winery when they are expecting their next load of grapes.
  3. Try something new. You’ll expand your knowledge if you taste a wine you haven’t had before or a visit a winery that is new to you.
  4. Harvest events. Many wineries plan special events during the fall. Visit our website to learn more.
  5. Don’t overbook. It’s tempting to want to visit every winery you see, but limit your stops and keep a notebook handy to track tasting rooms you’d like to visit next time.
  6. Take notes. Use your notebook to write down wines you tasted and liked. You may think you’ll remember that Merlot you loved, but chances are you won’t by the end of the day.
  7. Avoid palate fatigue. Stay hydrated, nibble on a cracker or two and remember rule #5 – don’t try to do too much in one day.
  8. Use the spit bucket. No one will take offense if pour out your taste after a sip or two.
  9. Plan lunch. Map out your day to include a lunch break.  Woodinville offers several good restaurants; many wineries serve pizza or delicious bites on weekends; or pack a picnic to enjoy at a winery along the way.  Learn more.
  10. Designate a driver. Regardless of the season, this is the best way to make sure everyone has a good time.

 

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