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3 Yakima Valley Wineries NOT to Miss!
Yakima Valley Wines Have Become World Renown
3 Yakima Valley wineries not to miss is really just the “tip of the iceberg”, because, according to the local wine growers association, there are more than 100 or so Yakima Valley wineries you must visit, eventually. As a result of having so many to choose from, sometimes, making a decision about which ones to visit can be difficult.
And, unless you can devote several days to your visit you will need to narrow your visits to the best wineries in Yakima valley, because of the distances involved. We hope you will find our suggestions a worthy place to begin.
3 Yakima Valley Wineries NOT to Miss
Paradisos del Sol Winery
This little winery, and I emphasis little, is my favorite of all the 3 Yakima wineries not to miss. By the way, earlier I mentioned the challenge of visiting 100 wineries, I live in Yakima, and have only been to a small fraction of them.
Paradisos del Sol Winery is a quirky little place just off a narrow country road. therefore, some people drive right on by. But, don’t let first impressions sway you from pulling into the parking lot and walking through the somewhat hidden front door.
Paul Vandenberg, the wine grower, is an effusive host that will hold forth on any number of topics. But, most of all, he loves wine, and always comes back around to discussing the grapes and the wine.
His is the first winery, that I have experienced, that actively discusses which wines go with certain foods. Sure, other wineries have food on hand, but Paul has these unique little taster plates that he matches with his different wines. And, match up they do! Deliciously so.
I defy you to leave without buying more than one choice. We left with several different wines.
Paradisos del Sol Favorites
The 2013 Rosé Paradiso: Perfect to have chilled when the weather is hot. I picked up my affinity for Rosés in the heat of Provence. And, to quote Paul,
The 2010 Paradisos Red: Big n Bold and perfect with all your favorite Italian foods. Like pizza? Like… Oh hell, anything that has kick like lasagna, pasta putanesca, spaghetti, tacos, enchiladas, tamales, hamburgers, Cajun dishes, Texas BBQ. Great stuff.
The 2012 Angelica SR: so good with with an astonishing variety of dessert options.
Maison de Padgett Winery
Number two on our list of the 3 Yakima Valley wineries not to miss is Maison de Padgett Winery. It just happens to be a hop and a skip down the road for Paradisos del Sol in actual distance, therefore is easy to get to, but the ambiance is considerably different.
Where Paradisos del Sol is small, homey, quirky, the same kind not be said for Maison de Padgett Winery. No, here you will find grand architecture and beautiful gardens, so as a result, the atmosphere is airier.
The winery is built in the Tuscan style with marble pillars imported from Spain, custom stone work, high ceilings, and hand crafted oak wrapped iron doors. Quite a different ambiance.
But, don’t let this make you think this is a stodgy place! Nope, they like to have fun here, and that’s reflected in names given the wines. Names like Singing Toad, Funky Monkey Pinot Noir Ice Wine, or, another, Sleeping Giant Port.
Though the names maybe whimsical, most of all this is some seriously good tasting wine!
Consequently, while there, we picked up:
Fat Sow Red Table Wine a very nice blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petite Verdot that goes rather well with spaghetti.
1998 Cabernet Franc Reserve Port, a gold medal winner that is a super after dinner drink with spices, black pepper, and hint of chocolate.
2231 East Zillah Drive Zillah, WA 98953509-829-6412 www.maisondepadgettwinery.com
Treveri Cellars is unique, to my knowledge, among all the Yakima valley wineries. This uniqueness stems from the fact that they make sparkling wines. That is all they do. And, they do it well. And, as a result of this uniqueness, they have received a lot of recognition.
They have been called A Top Value Sparkling Wine by Wine Spectator, and Top 10 Hottest Brand in 2014 according to Wine Business Monthly. Treveri Cellars wines have been served to such renown organizations as the James Beard Foundation, The White House, and U.S. State Department.
Not bad for a little place in the middle of Washington State. Having wines that are standouts are, for many of us, only the beginning. Part of the allure is having wonderful surroundings to enjoy them in.
Treveri Cellars will not disappoint you. The ambiance is warm and inviting with stone, marble and wood making for a classy and welcoming atmosphere.
And, there is plenty of seating outside on the patio, as well. Allowing you enjoy an expansive view over the valley.
71 Gangl Rd, Wapato, WA 98951
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