“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” – Unknown
Since I moved to the great state of Washington about 5 years ago something I always found so fascinating was all of the little towns in the outskirts of the metropolis that people always talked about or visited. My curiosity had peaked. I made it a mission to go to all of these towns that the locals of Seattle always spoke of. Over the years I’ve gone to many (with still quite the list of others to explore), but one thing that I absolutely LOVE about the Seattle area is that there really are SO many of these towns and cities all within only a 4 hour or less driving radius. I’ll leave my love for Seattle and the awesome accessibility to other major cities for another time.
This time the new town to explore was going to be Walla Walla, Washington. The plan was made by my friend from work. We were going to go wine tasting in hopes that either myself or Hung, my boyfriend, would begin to like wine. This adventure occurred one weekend in March. Everyone else had left on Friday, but both Hung and I had work, so we met up with the rest of the group on Saturday. (It’s only about 4 hours to Walla Walla which is in Eastern Washington).
Before meeting up I yelped a place to eat and stumbled upon Olive Marketplace & Cafe. It was a beautiful, casual yet sophisticated cafe. They had friendly workers with bright smiles and a cold case filled with a plethora of multi-colored delectable desserts to choose from. After glancing over the menu we ordered the Pineapple Pulled Pork Sandwich and the Adobo Braised Beef Enchilada at the counter. What they brought to us was more than we ever imagined! The food was delicious and we couldn’t get enough of it. (Side note: We had the same items a second time during the trip and it didn’t taste as amazing the first time. Good but still not as mouthwatering as the first time.)
We met up with the rest of the group and our first stop was going to be Basel Cellars. Talk about one of the best tastings! As we drove up to a wood and stone mansion we were in complete disbelief. This place was massive. As we all took our seats outside the tasting room manager was quick to keep our glasses full and everyone happy. It was here that Hung truly “discovered” wine and now likes it. All thanks to their Malbec.
Once we had completed our tastings the tasting room manager invited us to take a tour of the estate and have some tastings from the barrels themselves!
Over the course of the day we went to several other tasting rooms, but not many caught our attention as much as Basel had. The following day we went to Dunham Cellars. The ambiance is very different at this location. A big room filled with miscellaneous decor and retail items to purchase. We bought a beautiful stone cheese slate and decided that we would have a wine and cheese party at our apartment within the next month.
The trip was a quick two day one night vacation, but so worth it. The town was small and great for a weekend trip, especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest. Come for the wine tastings, the choices in restaurants are minimal since it is a small town. Most food around the area seems to be typical suburbia or chain food. There was one other place we wanted to try but weren’t able to getting around to, we heard it had good reviews. It’s called Green Spoon. So if there’s a next time, we’re coming for it!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to hop on the “wine wagon” and find a deeper appreciation for wine (believe me, I so very want to!), but at least Hung did! Maybe next time we’ll have to do Napa Valley.