One of the best features of Woodinville Wine Country – in addition to the amazing selection of world class wines – is the close proximity of top tasting rooms to one another. In Woodinville, you’re able to park once and try any number of wineries. Here are tips for a one-stop-parking-spot itinerary for the next time you’re in the Hollywood District:
Park in the lot next to Brian Carter Cellars. Depending on when you visit, parking can sometimes be a bit tough so try to find a spot in the lot next to Brian Carter Cellars. Then make a beeline into the cozy little yellow tasting house to taste an impressive array of European-style blends. Brian Carter is a Washington wine pioneer, devoting his 40-year winemaking career to developing the quality of our state’s wines. Upon tasting the lineup, you are sure to appreciate Brian’s mastery of blending and can learn at your leisure about the inspiration of each wine.
Play darts and sip abig reds at Mark Ryan Winery. You don’t have to go far to experience another sensational Woodinville winery – head out the back of the Brian Carter Cellars tasting room and walk across the parking lot to Mark Ryan Winery. This rock and roll themed tasting room, complete with dart boards, game tables and motorcycles, is a must-visit when touring Woodinville. Mark Ryan wines – particularly their Long Haul and Dead Horse, each with 94 point scores – have a true cult following. Mark Ryan is known for its big reds but their sold-out 2016 Viognier earned a 92 point score. The good news is their 2017 Viognier will be released in just a few months along with a number of their top-scoring reds.
Grab a crosswalk flag and skip across the street to Darby Winery. After wrapping up at Mark Ryan, walk to the notorious roundabout and cross the street (first grab a crossing flag!) to visit Darby Winery. In 2001, Darby English started making wines in the basement of an old barn, quickly learning (the hard way) of the critical importance of high-quality grapes. Darby Winery now sources its grapes from some of the best vineyards in the state, resulting in excellent Bordeaux style wines along with the Rhone varietals. One of the most popular under-$20 Washington red blends is Darby’s Purple Haze, a soft and luscious wine that pairs well with all types of food.
Treat yourself to truffle popcorn (and more wine!) at Village Wines. And if you’re looking for some food after your tastings, a great way to finish your day is with a stop at Village Wines, conveniently located right next door to Darby Winery. Village Wines has a fantastic selection of appetizers, salads and main dishes. Or if you’re just needing a quick snack, be sure to try the truffle popcorn and the extraordinary cheese plate that pairs perfectly with your wine.
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