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Wine Trip #1 – First Wine Tasting

January 13th, 2009 · No Comments · Wine Trips

Our first wine trip can be described in two words. Soggy and wet. Two weeks of snowfall followed by warming temperatures and aided by typical Seattle winter downpours makes for a very soggy and wet winery. Even the laid back folks on Whidbey Island were starting to go a little stir crazy it seemed. The scene was set for two wine newbs to take the place by storm. Newbs? Why are you reading a blog post by two people that don’t know anything about wine?

Because you don’t know anything about wine either. And that’s why Whidbey Island Winery is a great first stop for a wine tasting if your looking for a laid back tasting with little fanfare or information. Sneakily placed on the road to the slightly more famous Langley you’ll find an unassuming two acre vineyard and winery. It’s small size is a bit miss leading since they have about 10 more acres of land elsewhere on the island and import many of their grapes from long established grape growers in eastern Washington. The winery wasn’t that busy, which is good because the tasting room is fairly small. The room was maybe 10 feet wide by 20 feet long with a tall ceiling. Most of the square footage is taken up by different wine trinkets and bottles of wine strategically placed around the room.

Like I said before, I don’t know much about wine. So I was a bit disappointed when the wine pourer (there must be a more official name for this) didn’t do much of a sales pitch about the wine. No info on grapes, the process, the romance, the long standing wine tradition of the winery. Just a simple ‘This is the Syrah” “And this is the Merlot”. A bit disappointing for someone who hadn’t seen the dog and pony show before.

There wasn’t much literature on the winery (that I saw) waiting to be found either. But luckily we did our research before hand and knew what wines to expect and a bit of the history behind their winery. You can find more info on the history of Whidbey Island Winery data sheet. We both picked one wine we wanted pay particular attention. Though I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Merlot, it was better than average (remember I’m a newb and shouldn’t be taken seriously). While we were doing our tasting a couple from Texas showed up and bought a case of Merlot; which speaks for itself on the taste of the wine.


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