There is a lot of wine coming out of Eastern Washington being consumed by Seattle and the rest of Western Washington, but if you really want to drink local, I suggest trying some of the white wines coming from the Puget Sound region. Working with unique grapes like Siegerrebe, you’d be hard-pressed to find more distinctive wines in Washington.
Yesterday, on a work excursion with my colleagues at Bottlehouse, we visited Whidbey Island Winery, a place I have long championed. While many bottles were open, I kept coming back to the Island White. It’s a blend of Madeleine Sylvaner and Madeleine Angevine. Very slightly sweet, light, and refreshing, it would be great with local seafood like mussels. Or just outside, on a day like this:
It’s a huge bonus to be able to take a ferry to visit a winery. (The photo above is the view you get on the way.) And it’s a short drive to the charming town of Langley, where the views aren’t too shabby, either:
The combination of a calming ferry ride and wines to match is hard to beat on a sunny day.