With so much to taste and do in Woodinville Wine Country, it’s easy to miss all kinds of unexpected gems. Case in point: the outdoor nooks and patios where wine, friends and food come together to make summer magic. For Northwest wine enthusiasts, these are the places and this is the time to fully enjoy the fruits of Washington.
Take the Warehouse District, where small, artisan wineries sprout all variety of open-air spaces in the summer sun. Page Cellars offers an inspired wine-barrel bar that allows visitors to enjoy the kind of warm days and mild nights that produce great fruit and an unforgettable tasting experience. Then there are those massive roll-up doors at Five Star and Beaumont Cellars that transform cozy tasting rooms into airy al fresco cafés.
Heading south through the valley, the tasting room at Icon Cellars opens up to gorgeous views of the verdant Sammamish River Valley. Pull up an Adirondack chair and enjoy the lush scenery and balmy breeze with your Tempranillo. What is it about a great vista that brings out the best in a vintage?
Back in the Hollywood District, a spacious patio and seating area create an inviting outdoor tasting room for J. Bookwalter Winery. Step inside to fill your glass, then step back out to stir not just your palate, but all your senses.
Across the valley, the Hollywood Tavern offers its own take on patio culture with a huge fire pit at its center and plenty of seating in the round. It’s an ideal atmosphere to gravitate toward as your day in wine country winds down.
These are just a taste of the unique outdoor spaces that turn wine country into a completely different experience come summertime. So don those sunglasses and keep your eyes peeled for the patios, perches and decks that make this area at this time of year so special.