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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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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: #1,792,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Regional wine books generally focus either on the wine or on the wineries/tasting rooms. This book is firmly in the latter category. Divided by region, the layout is based on two (facing) page spreads. Each region is introduced with a description on the left page and a map and other practical info on the right. Following is a two page layout for each winery or tasting room, with a narrative on the left and a map and other info on the right. The narrative varies a bit from winery to winery. It could focus on history, the owner(s), the wine maker, the wine making philosophy, or something else.

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.
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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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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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