Friday, June 25, 2010

Washington Wine Report: Crossing the Cascades

Day Two of the WBC-or-Bust bus tour was a long haul. Up at the crack of dawn and rolling from western Washington, over the Cascade Mountains, stopping for brunch and wine at the Columbia Gorge and then we rolled until our eventual stop in Walla Walla for a pizza and wine social hosted by Walla Walla Vintners.

The day wrapped up at the classy and comfortable Inn at Blackberry Creek bed and breakfast, hosted by our innkeeper Barbara Knudson. The bed was a welcome site after a couple days of serious wine tasting and five hours plus rumbling down the highway in the bus with hit or miss air conditioning. There was also the additional hazard of beer bottles falling out of the overhead compartment.

Cave B is a unique resort and winery overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The hotel and restaurant are nestled amongst the vines and scenic vistas are everywhere.There was a wonderful assortment of wineries pouring for the event, including Syncline a label that is gaining popularity in the Toledo area.

Here is a YouTube video report on the tasting.

It was a long day of driving and the brunch at Cave B wouldn't be enough to tide us over until the Yakima grand tasting at 4:00 and the pizza social scheduled for 7:00 PM, so we made a stop at Garcia's Taco stand. Thus fortified we rolled into Proser Village for our Yakima tasting.
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james said...

It was great to meet you, but a quick correction: Cave B doesn't overlook the Columbia River Gorge it is in the Columbia Valley. The Columbia River Gorge is 3 hours south where the Columbia river cuts through the Cascade mountains on its way to the Pacific. It can be confusing even for washingtonians.

Dave Nershi, CSW said...

James -- Thanks for keeping us straight. The excellent Syncline wine made the view at Cave B appear even more magnificent than in reality.