Chateau Ste. Michelle is something of a wine giant. They are the largest and oldest winery in Washington State, producing around 2 million cases of wine every year. That's a lot of fermentation!
Another winery I really liked was "Brian Carter". His wines are blended in the European style, and are especially well-matched with food - like wood-fired pizza!
We stopped in the combined production facilities and tasting room of two wine-makers: Januik and Novelty Hill. I felt very trendy!
We were an interesting and eclectic group, but bound together by our interest in wine - and travel, and people. Rashid, who was visiting from Vancouver, drove me, Kelly, and her husband Hans around from winery to winery in his sporting Mini Cooper!
We ended the day at a lovely beach-side restaurant in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland. We then
returned to the city, tired but satisfied - and full of pleasantly viniferous memories.
From left to right, that's Rashid from Vancouver; Kelly from Los Angeles; and Guthrie, an architect-dude from Seattle itself.