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New and Revised Woodinville Passport

Woodinville Wine Country Passport kicks off April 16-17th, 2011. Woodinville Wine Country Passport used to be an annual spring event, confined to a single weekend of wine  but that has all changed. Although specials like cheese and chocolate pairings and live music will be held on the kick off weekend, other passport deals will extend for SIX WEEKS, through May 31st! Passport are valid for one free tasting at participating wineries and may return to continue Passport tasting and touring as often as they like before June 1.

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Julie explaining Goose Ridge Riesling during Passport

One of the greatest things about Woodinville Wine Country is the plethora of great Washington wineries, where the smallest boutique wineries are just around the corner from the biggest Washington wineries.  With over 70 wineries, located in a few square miles, just half an hour from Seattle, Woodinville is the most convenient means of tasting and buying Washington wine.  With that convenience comes the crowds, especially at popular events like Woodinville Passport. In addition to the number of wine lovers, there is the pressure of trying to experience wines from the 35+ wineries participating in Woodinville Passport. In the old days it could feel almost like a race and even the seasoned wine lover was occasionally seduced to drinking too much, too fast  of quality Washington wine to truly appreciate the wines they were tasting.

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Barrel tasting during Passport 2010 with David Lawson

The new and revised Woodinville Passport program was created to give Washington wine lovers the opportunity of enjoying the great specials of Woodinville Passport with the luxury of being able to take their time to sip, savor and enjoy the wines. I am a big fan of the change and I think others will be too. I have many friends that have stopped attending Passport because they starting equating Passport as being crowded with partiers instead of an opportunity to visit wineries that are rarely open and stock up on great wine specials.

 

If you haven’t gone to Woodinville Passport in awhile or have never had the passport experience, I encourage you to partake in Passport this year. Instead of a jam packed holiday weekend, think of the Woodinville Passport as a leisurely, educational, tasty, economical and fun extended vacation. Passports are on sale through 4/16 for $75 and are good through 5/31/2011. Purchase your passport online and then stop by Columbia Winery to pick up your Woodinville Passport and official passport glass during the following pick up times:

April 15th – 3 – 7pm
April 16th – 10am – 4pm
April 17th – 10am – 2pm

List of Passport Participating Wineries*

  • Airfield Estates
  • Alexandria Nicole Cellars
  • Anton Ville Winery
  • Apex at Alder Ridge
  • Baer Winery
  • Brian Carter Cellars
  • Canon de Sol
  • Challenger Ridge
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • Columbia Winery
  • Covey Run Winery
  • Convergence Zone Cellars
  • Covington Cellars
  • Davenport Cellars
  • Des Voigne Cellars
  • DiStefano Winery
  • Domaine Ste. Michelle
  • Dusted Valley
  • Edmonds Winery
  • EFESTE
  • Elevation Cellars
  • Gifford Hirlinger
  • Goose Ridge Tasting Room
  • Hollywood Hill Vineyards
  • Isenhower Cellars
  • J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio
  • Kestrel Vintners
  • Michael Florentino Cellars
  • Northwest Totem Cellars
  • Otis Kenyon Tasting Room
  • Page Cellars
  • Patterson Cellars
  • Pomum Cellars
  • Pondera Winery
  • Red Sky Winery
  • Silver Lake Winery
  • Tefft Cellars
  • William Church Winery
  • Woodinville Wine Cellars
  • XSV Wines

*Date restrictions and exceptions by winery may apply and will be clearly stated in each ticket holder’s Passport.

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