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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: South Slope Productions; 1st edition (December 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979269806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979269806
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Today the unchallenged cham-peen of wine travel writing here in the Northwest is Steve Roberts, who calls himself the WineTrails Guy. --Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times wine writer

Roberts' folksy style of writing gives this book a friendly feel, kind of like you have an expert wine-tasting companion with you in your car as you explore Oregon wine country. --Andy Perdue, Wine Press Northwest

If this must-have wine book WineTrails of Washington doesn't make you want to jump in your car and head for a winery, I don't know what will. --Richard Kinssies, The Wine Outlet, Seattle

About the Author

More than a year's worth of delicious research went into the creation of WineTrails of Washington. But somebody had to do it. That somebody is Steve Roberts, a native Washingtonian, who set out on a journey to satisfy his love of wine and stumbled on a wonderful secret that the tasting rooms of Washington are fun to explore and, better yet, their wines are amazing. He visited over 200 wineries and learned why Washington has become a major producer of premium wines as well as an emerging destination for wine tour vacations.

With notebook, pen and camera in hand, Steve visited tasting rooms throughout the state to capture their ambiance and amenities, interview winemakers, take pictures and gain firsthand knowledge on where to stay and where to eat. To make your wine tour a great experience (and avoid the numerous mistakes he made during his travels) he evolved the WineTrails concept and launched a website (winetrailsnw.com

When he s not visiting wineries, Steve lives a parallel life to pay the bills. As owner and president of Orca Bay Benefits, he works with small businesses throughout the state meeting their health insurance needs. He s an insurance broker by day and a wine author by night. An odd dichotomy but it works. He also dreams of one day making his own wine. When he does, he will name the wine after his dog Pandora Cellars.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marc Leahy on July 6, 2009
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The only reason I give this book a 3/5 rating is due to the author's refusal to "rate" the wineries listed. I bought this thinking it would be much like the myriad "hiking guide book of Washington" - where the hikes are rated, or at least described in a way where you might form your own opinion. However, the material in this book is so straightforward and lacking any "color" I've found that additional research is needed to uncover if the wineries listed are worth visiting. With over 600 wineries in WA state now, you need to be informed - or you'll spend countless hours tasting bad wine.

However, that being said - the book is comprehensive in it's approach to the task of listing and writing a small blurb on several hundred WA wineries.

Now, I didn't return this book - so I believe it has it's place on my shelf - but I'd recommend "Washington Wines & Wineries, by Paul Gregutt" as a better intro guide. Gregutt does a great job of rating some of the best wineries in WA. Learn what you can therein - and you'll be well on your way to uncovering the rich wine resources of WA state - and you'll no longer need a book to guide you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Roberts on July 3, 2008
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You get the standard maps (which are excellent) and contact information for about 200 wineries but you also get the author's lively prose that helps you get to know the winemakers before you arrive. I decided to ask each winery to sign their page in Mr. Roberts's book! So many wineries, so little time! Rumor has it that a volume on Oregon's wineries is in the works! Note: I am no relation to the author. Roberts is a common name in these parts!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Lessmann on September 1, 2008
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Great wine country information. - and wonderful "stacation" ideas, especially if you live in the Washington area. It was nice to see our favorite vineyards listed, plus lots of helpful information about each!
Don't miss this book if you are a wine enthusiast like we are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By love art and wine on November 19, 2010
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I highly recommend this book if you want to know a little bit of the background of the wineries you are visiting in WA. I read it on the plane on the way out for our fall wine trip to Spokane, Yakima, Rattlesnake Hills, Prosser, and Walla Walla. I bought it 2 years ago during our last wine trip to Seattle/Leavenworth/Lake Chelan. Well worth the investment. And yes, there is a revised edition in the works. Many wineries told us that Steve Roberts had just revisited their winery this fall (2010). We'll be going back again to hit more of the Walla Walla area wineries and this book will be first on our packing list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Brumfield on November 14, 2008
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Steve,
Thank you so much for all your time and passion regarding the Pacific NW wine industry. It has just been in the last year that my husband and I have really begun to catch an excitement for the wine industry. We are in our 40's and nearing retirement from long-term governement-related employment. We both have taken an interest in becoming somehow involved in the wine industry in the NW in the next 5-7 yrs. and are in the research and dream phase of developing the a unique wine business in the future. We have been toying with the idea of opening a wine bar and tasting room/wine shop that would feature Washington/Oregon family owned wineries, with appetizers (cheese, meats, nuts, olives, etc) and wine supplies. We want to do something unique, are open to location and we are enjoying the research phase. We wish we would of thought of what you have done. We take the Washington book everywhere, take notes and try to establish contacts and gain knowledge along the way. Your book has been invaluable and we await with eager anticipation the Oregon version.
Thanks for all you efforts, time and energy you have put in. I do hope that you have enjoyed the process!
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