Mon., Sept. 14, 2020
Exploring Woodinville Wine Country
Throughout the pandemic, we've been sticking close to home base, limiting time in public to trips to the grocery store.
This last weekend, though, we ventured out and we were delighted to find some places that felt safe, with social distancing and mask requirements firmly in place.
The fun-filled visit to our old stomping grounds began with lunch at Barking Frog, chef Bobby Moore in the house. Do not miss the super satisfying fried chicken sandwich, but also do not wear your favorite shirt because you might well have part of your meal dripping down your chin onto the fabric. Totally worth it!
After a lovely meal on the outdoor patio, we walked over to DeLILLE Cellars and its spectacular new venue in the old Red Hook Brewery facility. On three floors, it's as stunning a tasting room setup as you'll find in any wine country. Reservations are essential.
Guests are seated at private tables, wine already poured. It was an absolute pleasure to taste through the flight of beautiful blends and compare notes about which was our personal fave. I've always loved the gorgeous Bourdeaux blend known as D2, but the Doyenne -- a blend of Cab Sauv and Syrah from Yakima Valley really spoke to me. Its deep fruit and velvety mouthfeel reminding me yet again how fortunate we are to live in this special place.
In the true spirit of wine tasting, small sips were swirled in the glass and swished in the mouth, so when we left a little later, nobody was tipsy. Cheers to a truly memorable experience in Woodinville Wine Country.