This summer was a lot different than we all had planned. Initially, my best friend and I were going to Paris for our 20th anniversary (our 20 in 2020 had a nice ring to it!), but of course that trip had to be postponed. We decided to stay local and support Washington wineries instead and drove out to Walla Walla for a little getaway, and it was so much fun! Plus, all the tastings and restaurants had outdoor seating, which worked out during these socially distanced times.
Here is a guide of our favorite wineries and tasting experiences:
Where to Go Wine Tasting
Woodward Canyon Winery
Woodward Canyon Winery – Woodward Canyon is a multi-generational winery that has been established in Walla Walla since 1981. It was on our way downtown so we stopped by, and it was the perfect break from all the driving.
Abeja Winery – Abeja was one of my favorite wineries and experiences! The property is stunning — I’d love to return in the future to stay in the inn. Abeja is acclaimed for its Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 was a wonderful year in Walla Walla, so I made sure to get a bottle before we left.
Rotie Cellars – If you’re looking for wines with intrigue and character, you definitely need to check out Rotie. The winery pays homage to the Rhône Valley, and each wine had its own interesting punch.
Doubleback Winery – Owned by former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, Doubleback is gorgeous and sprawling. I loved getting a tour of the winery and cellar, which featured a combination of oak barrels and concrete tanks. We hung out leisurely on the patio, sipped wine, looked out across the rolling hills and enjoyed a lovely afternoon.
Corliss Estates – I appreciate the micro-scale productions at Corliss that allow them to be meticulous in making quality wines. I also bought a bottle of 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon here!
Downtown Wine Tastings
We also stopped by a couple tasting rooms in downtown Walla Walla. I recommend these if you don’t want to drive out or may want a quicker wine tasting experience: Mark Ryan Winery and Browne Family Vineyards.
Where to Eat
There are so many tasty restaurants and cafes in Walla Walla! We were in the moment too much during meals so I literally only took these photos, but here’s a list of food spots I recommend:
Bacon & Eggs – great spot for brunch/lunch that sources from local farms. Their French toast made with brioche dipped in orange-cinnamon batter is delish but you can’t go wrong with anything.
Colville Street Patisserie – we couldn’t be in Paris but it was easy to pretend to be in France at this little French bakery! We went twice while we were in Walla Walla for cold brew coffee and pastries.
Walla Walla Bread Company – amazing place for brunch/lunch with freshly baked goodies. On our way out of town, we stopped by for pastries and a few loaves to bring home (I got a pumpkin turmeric sourdough and it was as epic as it sounds).
Passatempo Taverna – the cutest modern Italian restaurant where everything is delicious. Get the meatballs and focaccia (pictured) and literally any pasta and it’ll be incredible.
Brasserie Four – we had our last dinner in Walla Walla here and toasted to being lucky enough to have found each other 20 years ago. This delicious French restaurant made us excited for our anniversary celebration in Paris in the future! Cheers to the good life with good food, good wine, and good company.