Continuing on our Washington Wine Month theme—and trying to beat this record-breaking heat—how about three spots around the state with ample shade?
In Southwest Washington, Three Brothers Winery is set among a shade-casting grove of towering evergreens, has ample covered patio seating and a comfortable inside tasting bar, as well. Their white wine program is ample with seven selections including a 2014 Pinot Gris (made for the heat) and a 2015 Pinot Rosé. Owner, Dan Andersen, has made it even easier to sit back and relax with the addition of a few pizza options, hearty appetizers and a couple sweet tooth satisfiers.
Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla has limited (but lovely) outdoor seating. The main event is their World War II airplane hangar-turned-wildly magical indoor tasting room. Decorated with bright and cheerful art (much of it crafted by the hands of the original founder, Eric Dunham), it is a whimsical venue to sip their 2016 Dunham Rosé—a refreshing Cabernet Franc number sourced from the Columbia Valley, their 2015 Shirley Mays Chardonnay or any of their other equally luscious offerings.
Okay, Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville is a big dog but it’s a big dog for a reason and, if you haven’t been, you gotta go! It’s just gorgeous for one thing. French-style chateaus are kinda hard to come by in the Northwest. For another, there’s plenty of opportunity to beat the heat at their grand estate. Situated on 87 wooded acres, Chateau hosts a summer concert series and has several different educational experiences as well as an inspiring Garden Tour.