A weekend in Washington wine country

Starting today I will be writing a Woodinville winery blog series!

Weekends in westen Washington means one thing… A trip to wine country. Now, I’m a little biased having grown up in Woodinville. This area has a special place in my heart.

All of the wineries in this series have tasting rooms in Woodinville.

My first must visit tasting room in Woodinville is Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Even driving up the drive way is an experience! Driving through the iron gates, through the rows and rows grape vines you feel like you are being transported to another world. Once you get through the trees you come upon the chateau. The main house looks like it has been plucked out of the south of France!

The other thing that you might notice when you walk the grounds of this beautiful winery is the amphitheater. Most people who live in surrounding areas are well aquatinted with the outdoor summer concert series that the Chateau holds every year. For those who aren’t familiar getting your hands on tickets to these concerts is not an easy task. They are some of the most coveted concert tickets of the entire year.

Chateau Ste. Michelle summer concert series

Chateau Ste. Michelle summer concert series

Wine club members get first pick of the concerts. Because you needed another reason to be a member right?!  In the past there have been performers like Harry Connick Jr., Michael Bublé, Abba (revival of course), John Legend, The Goo Goo Dolls with Christ Daughty, and The Plain White T’s, and so many more.

I was lucky enough to go to a few of these with friends of mine. The John Legend concert was my birthday present last year. It was AMAZING!

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My best guy friend Andy and me at the John Legend Concert.

You might be thinking… an outdoor concert venue… it can be that good. But trust me they have perfected these concerts over many years. John Legend sounded amazing and it was just him, a piano, and a few sting instruments.

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John Legend Concert

 Now this isn’t your typical convert venue. Bring blankets, beach chairs, your picnic basket, lots of water, and lot’s of wine… (must be Chateau Ste. Michelle though). When they open the gates you pick a spot on the grass and get comfy with your friends. If you run out of wine you can always go to the tasting room and buy more!

There is nothing better then one of these concerts during the Northwest summer. Just make sure that you bring a sweater or a blanket to share with a loved one when it gets a little chilly after the sun goes down.

Now to the really important business… the wine!

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah Rose

Here are my favorite wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle for a concert in the summer… or really anytime! Click on the wines listed to be taken to the Chateau’s webpage.

 The Horse Haven Sauvignon Blanc

Limited Release 2013 Syrah Rosé 

Limited Release 2012 Viognier

Limited Release 2010 Mourvèdre

2012 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon

Looking for something bubbly?

Michelle Brut Rose

This happens to be one of my favorites and it makes amazing mimosas!

If you are visiting for a wine tasting on a rainy day or wandering the grounds on a bright, sunny, northwest summer this winery is a must see! I always take out of town guests here for a visit because it is a Woodinville wine country staple.

I hope you are able to make a trip here!

(These are entirely my choices and reviews. All opinions listed in this blog are entirely independent of the winery.)

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