A Walla Walla Wine Tasting trip not to be forgotten! Extensive overview of places to see & things to do in Walla Walla, Washington & how to plan your trip!
For DAY 1 of our amazing trip to Walla Walla, Washington, click here.
This place had been on our mind since we started the trip – Bacon & Eggs, our absolute favorite breakfast spot in Walla Walla! When you go to Bacon & Eggs, be prepared for a bit of a wait, but believe me, it’s worth it! We’re all a bit biased towards the migas. However, I don’t think you can go wrong with anything you order. They’ve got stuffed brioche french toast, chilaquiles, and shrimp & grits – Fair to say the menu runs the gamut. Don’t forget to select some hot sauce from their wall of choices (I’m always partial to the aardvark sauce).
After we refueled for the day, we were off to do some more imbibing. Based on the suggestion of our server at L’Ecole, we headed for Rasa.
With a wide selection for us to taste ranging from Riesling to Syrah and Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon – We really enjoyed everything that we tasted here. Like EVERYTHING. If I had to choose a couple of favorites – I’d go with The Composer Riesling and the 2012 Fianchetto. Casey (who arrived via motorcycle and would by looks alone appear to be more at home in a Gold’s Gym than a winery) made us feel totally relaxed and at home. We will definitely be back on our next visit to Walla Walla.
Our next choice was an easy one, we decided to stop at Mackey Vineyards, which was located about 3 steps from Rasa. Mackey and Rasa actually share a tasting space, and we’re so glad!
Established in 2007, Mackey is a small vineyard that is quickly earning prestige. Its 2009 Concordia Rhone Blend earned 92 points from Wine Advocate and its Syrah won a gold medal at the Seattle Wine Awards. Without hesitation we quickly grabbed up two bottles of the Syrah to bring home with us.
We then headed to the south side of town for a visit to Sleight of Hand Cellars.
Spinning old vinyl records, Sleight of Hand has an undeniable “cool kid” vibe to it. Erin (cool name too *wink wink*) poured us an Enchantress Chardonnay, Magician Riesling, Magician’s Assistant Cab Franc Rosé, Illusionist Cabernet Sauvignon and a delicious Columbia Valley Red Blend. Oh and, AHEM, does that fellow on the label look familiar? Neil Patrick Harris has been a long time fan and wine club member of SOH, so much so, that they decided to add him to the label of their The Conjurer red wine blend. We picked up a couple of bottles – A little cuz the label was cool, a lot because the wine was really good!
We made two more stops in the Milton-Freewater area, Saviah Cellars (purchased their Chardonnay) and Amavi (fan of the Sémillion) before grabbing some street tacos at the nearby food truck located in an old gas station parking lot. I didn’t catch the name… I’m not even sure if it has one… But it’s in a bright orange truck! You can’t miss it at the corner of Hwy 11 & Stateline Road.
At that point, we’d hit our wine drinking threshold for the day… We headed back to to the house for a quick refresher and walked into town again, grabbing a few cold beers and delicious truffle fries at local hot spot Public House 124. It’s a great upscale bar perfect for a casual dinner and enjoying the game, or putting together your wine tasting route for the next day!
Oh… And this happened… Rick showed us his yoga skills – crane pose. Nice work!
For DAY 3 of our Walla Walla wine tasting adventure click here.
Tips for Walla Walla wine tasting:
- For more information about Walla Walla, and visiting the area, check out the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and Tourism Walla Walla.
- My favorite way to enjoy wine country is by packing a picnic. It’s easy! Click here for tips on how assemble that perfect basket to take along!
- If you’re an Oregon resident, be sure to show your ID – No tax!!!