Thursday, October 6, 2011

Walla Walla reunion (Seattle Vacation Part 4)

Last Thursday, we took a bombardier plane from Seattle to Walla Walla for our college reunion!We flew from lush, green, Western Washington to the dry, wheat fields of Southeast Washington. 
 After only 50 minutes in the air, we landed in Walla Walla and immediately checked out the airport wineries. We enjoyed the dry Cab Franc rose and Walla Walla Valley Syrah at Trust Cellars We were sad that they were not tasting their ice wine. Next, we drove a little ways down the road to Five Star Cellars. We're wine club members at Five Star because we enjoy their wines so much. 
Nearly next door is another old favorite, Tamarack Cellars! One of the first wines I had ever tried was their Firehouse RedWe also attended Charles Smith's Blues and BBQ for dinner. There was rockin' music, great wine, and several Whitman alums!

Friday morning, we wandered around Whitman's campus. I love the Deborah Butterfield sculpture, affectionately known as "Styx"Our first winery tour of the day was probably the coolest wine experience we've ever had....we went to taste at FigginsWe barrel tasted the 2010 Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. They were tight, tannic and full of potential.We also got to visit their estate vineyards on Mill Creek Road!Apparently Mr. F and I were the smallest group ever given a tour of the facilities and vineyards!We even tried some of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes ripening on the vine before trying the 2008 Figgins blend. If you're interested in Figgins, join their mailing list now!
We were also able to taste at Abeja!They also have an amazing Cabernet Sauvgnon and a crisp, delightful Chardonnay. The House Red is also a great table wine, that we decided to ship ourselves. The property is so beautiful filled with flowers, grey barns and blooming bushes!  We would love to stay at the Abeja Inn someday. 
We had a late lunch at our favorite taco truck, la Monarcha!Mr. F loves the Walla Walla tacos with beef, Walla Walla sweet onions and avocado. We also enjoy their tortas!
Later that night, we met up with our recently married besties!We did not get a chance to taste at Cayuse, but we enjoyed posing outside!I love the bright yellow exterior!

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