This holiday weekend is full of opportunities to enjoy winter AND wine in Washington Wine Country. Who says wine and snow don’t go together? In Washington state they do, especially in central Washington. Check out the activities in Lake Chelan and Leavenworth.
Fire and Ice Winterfest: January 15-17
The annual Lake Chelan Fire and Ice Winterfest have added a number of wine events, in celebration of their recent recognition as an AVA. Winter activities ranging from ice skating, sleigh rides, ice sculptures, bon fires, torchlight parade and fireworks.
Barrel Room Feasts -wine maker dinners
- Friday night dinner: Hard Row to Hoe
- Saturday night dinner: Vin du Lac
- Sunday Champagne brunch: Karma Vineyards
- Sunday night dinner: Nefarious Cellars
Sip, Savor and Stroll: January 16
Your $30 ticket includes 15 wine tastings, 3 appetizer tastings, 1 wine glass and 1 wine tasting notes booklet filled with special offers from the wineries. Stop by Riverwalk Books on your journey and meet Steve Roberts, author of the WineTrails series at Riverwalk Books during the Winterfest Wine Walk 1-3pm. He will be happy to talk about all things wine and sign a book or two.
Sledding and Wine Party: January 17
John and Jan invite you to join in the fun at Rio Vista Winery during our Celebration of Winter “Sledding & Wine Party.” There will be a few sleds for you to choose from for the short, slippery slope beside the vineyard. Bring your own cross-country skis if you’d like to try out the trail along the river. The trail is not “groomed” but John has packed the snow with the tractor and you may spot one of the loons as you make the loop. The river is beautiful at this time of year. There be a roaring fire at the top of the sledding hill where you can warm your fingers and toes or toast marshmallows and make hot dogs.
Winter Walk through the Vineyard: January 16-17
Join the Icicle Ridge Winery family for a magical evening at the log home. Journey into a breathtaking winter wonderland with a guided snowshoe trek through our vineyards and orchards with Winemaker, Don Wood. The evening air is fresh and crisp. The trail of lights throughout the vineyards will light our way and capture the delicate crystalline reflections from the snow for a breathtaking perspective of this winter wine wonderland. Along the way we will stop and sip Gluhwein, hot spiced wine, prepared to keep us going for a little while longer while we journey back down to the log home where a roaring fire and dinner awaits.
$65 per person: includes guided tour, snowshoes, spiced wine on the trail & fireside dinner.