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Wine Tasting – Maryhill Winery

August 4th, 2009 · No Comments · Wine Experiences

Maryhill Winery has been the winner of numerous wine awards over the years, but none makes you want to drive three hours out of your way to a winery quite like Winery of the Year.  And this year Maryhill was named just that by Seattle Magazine.

It’s a long journey from the ‘traditional’ wine regions of Washington, but I’m glad we took the time.  Maryhill Winery sits perched on the very edge of the Columbia River Gorge.  Overlooking a miniature version of the Grand Canyon gives this winery wow factor.  I hate that term, but it truly makes you feel you are somewhere special.  Maryhill’s patios overlook the vineyards that surround the winery and add to the feeling that this is a great place for wine.  I’ve never been to Tuscany, but the patios are exactly what I imagine it would look like.

Walking through the eastern patio and into the tasting room, we were immediately greeted by a friendly face.  Kelley would eventually pour our wine, but at first we avoided the bar to take inventory of all the tasting room had to offer.  The grand wine bar made the largest impression on me, it looked majestic and fit for a king to drink at with its highly polished wood and brass.   Upbeat violin music was dancing in the background, enticing you to talk, enjoy and drink lots of wine.  I was amazed at how the music struck the perfect balance of allowing you to talk normally, but keep the atmosphere lively.

After looking over the random wine nick-knacks we landed ourselves at the bar.  Kelley greeted us again and began to pour our wine.  She was informative without us having to ask 20 questions and was generally a great help.  I do wish they were less pushy about their premium tasting and wine club; it seemed obvious she was on commission.   The wine itself was good, but not amazing and is appropriately priced.

Overall our wine wine experience was good and friendly.  Were Maryhill closer to home I could see myself spending entirely too much time sipping wine on their patios.

Dan

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