The human palate can make very subtle distinctions, from finding floral notes in a pinot noir to determining the exact value of a rare stamp. Lick your thirst with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $49 for a winery tour, barrel tasting, and wine blending lesson for two with one take-home bottle (a $110 value)
- $59 for a winery tour, barrel tasting, and wine blending lesson for two with two take-home bottles (a $135 value)
Visits begin with a half-hour tour of the vineyard, during which guests learn about the winemaking process from start to finish. Next up is a barrel tasting with samples from the cellar's 12 varieties of red and white wines. The head winemaker then instructs visitors in the art of wine blending, allowing them to mix samples from dozens of barrels to produce one or two personalized bottles to take home.
Wind River Cellars
Patrons headed to Wind Rivers Cellars must first make a two-mile drive up Spring Creek Road, whose densely forested surroundings lead many first-timers to believe that they've lost their way. But, the doubt soon turns to awe as they arrive at the vineyard and the tree line breaks into a cloud-topped view of Mt. Hood in the distance. The lush scenery complements the winery's 12 wine varieties, each crafted from grapes grown in the Columbia River Gorge and Klickitat County. The winery is owned by winemaker and fourth-generation Washingtonian Joel Goodwillie, who pays careful to attention to environmental practices when managing the estate. During their stay, visitors can peruse the racks of rustic barrels, wander the rows of green grapevines, and sample the wines in a tasting room operated with a standing ban on jazz and grape juggling.
This was my first time to this area and the winery setting was beautiful. I had a wonderful time.lsanborn, TripAdvisor, 5/14/10