Eastern Washington is loaded with natural beauty: Rolling fields of onions, wheat and hops, and lush terraced vineyards cut into high desert plateaus, all carved by the majestic Columbia River—what could be better? Consider taking in that view from the veranda of a winery tasting room with a smooth Cabernet or a crisp Gewürztraminer in hand. Wine expert Paul Zitarelli offers a way to have your views and drink them, too, during a 7-day wine country itinerary centered on visits to tasting rooms loaded with ambiance, killer settings and surprising delights. And because so many oenophiles moonlight as beer lovers (or count true beer fanatics among their travel companions), we asked our brew guru Kendall Jones to map the beer country in the heart of wine country by way of some equally charming and refreshing brewery side trips. Want to learn to crush grapes? Check out our list of Woodinville wine camps.
Click below on each of the different regions for a full itinerary on what to do, what to eat, where to stay and, most importantly, what to drink.
The Columbia Gorge