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WineTrails of Washington Perfect Paperback – December 14, 2007
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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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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!
What you won't learn much about is the wine. While some of each winery's offerings are listed, and there are sometimes vague endorsements of the wine, there is no critical assessment of the wine.
If you are going to be in an area of Washington and wonder where to taste wine, this book will give you the options. But if you want to select stops likely to have wine that appeals to you, you'll need resources beyond this book.
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!
Many entries contain incorrectly listed information, such as phone numbers, tasting room address, web site address, email address, or tasting room hours. For one of the tasting room addresses, the author listed a PO Box instead of the actual address. For the entire Yakima winery section, almost every single entry had something incorrectly listed. Tasting room hours and days are incorrectly listed. This general sloppiness throughout the book destroys most of its value because you have to double check all the info in this book with the actual winery. This book will get you started on your tour, but don't depend on solely on it.
Don't miss this book if you are a wine enthusiast like we are.