Saturday, August 22, 2015

Last Day in Washington

Yesterday (Friday) was another beautiful day in southern Washington where we are staying, so took off around 9:30am to head towards the Walla Walla area to do (yes, you guessed it) some more wine tasting. Walla Walla area is about 50 miles east of where we are at in Kennewick. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of wines we found (which we purchased several) plus the wineries were all very unique and everyone goes out of their way to accommodate whatever your tastes may be. Here is a winery in an old schoolhouse.

Waterbrook had some outstanding wines and went overboard in their hospitality.
 Of course this time of the year the grapes are about ready to be picked, which makes them so sweet right off the vine.
After tasting at several different wineries, we were done for the day, so headed back to the RV and enjoy a quiet evening on the patio enjoying the beautiful temperatures (I'm getting spoiled with these 80 degree days).

Today is our last day here and didn't really have anything planned, so found a couple of wineries close by (within 6 miles) to pass the time of day. Which we also found some excellent wines in this area. Both Jim and I agree that this area might even be better than Sonoma County, less people, better wines and excellent hospitality.
At Kitzke Cellars, the owner actually took us out into the vineyard to taste the grape of the varietal we were drinking. As I stated, the grapes are so sweet and good, they just pop with flavor. I believe this was their Cabernet Franc.
Here's Jim with the owner. She also told us about a fruit orchard close by that you can pick you own fruit.
So off for an experience of picking peaches and apples.

We picked Gold Medal Peach and Gala Apples, we have a good supply now.

 After our farm duties, we went to our last winery of the day - Goose Ridge.
It was time for lunch, so we sat out on their back patio enjoying the tasting and a cheese/meat/cracker plate, which pared very well with the wines. Had a pleasant, relaxing snack.

I'm glad we got to experience this area of Washington, it is quite pleasant, people are very nice and the wines are excellent. It's been a good stop. But it's moving day again tomorrow to get further southeast on our way back to Tucson.

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