Nearly everyone who visits Walla Walla on a wine-tasting trip has a moment where she looks around and plots the possibility of becoming at least a part-time local. The quaint downtown is filled with fantastic restaurants, public art, and historic charm. This fall, Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance wants to nudge that “what if” in a positive direction with a series of curated itineraries showcasing picks from local winemakers during the quieter season, offering curious visitors a great chance for a more personalized experience.
Each Saturday through Dec. 16, a new itinerary becomes available online for visitors who register for the free series. In addition to discovering the town’s best and under-the-radar food and beverage spots, registrants also gain access to perks such as winemaker talks, property tours, wine-club member benefits for a day, or complimentary tastings.
“We get asked by out-of-town friends and guests that stop into our tasting room where they should go tasting next or what restaurant they should check out,” said Rick Small, first-generation owner of Woodward Canyon Winery. “Everyone seems to want to do what the locals do, and we love to get a new up-and-coming winery on their radar or tell them about where to get a great cocktail in town when they’re done with wine for the day. We hope that visitors to the Walla Walla Valley enjoy some of our favorite places in town, and continue to come back and visit us, year-round.”
“We get asked by out-of-town friends and guests that stop into our tasting room where they should go tasting next or what restaurant they should check out.”
Participating winemakers include Woodward Canyon’s Rick Small, Sleight of Hand’s Trey Busch, Dusted Valley’s Corey Braunel, Gramercy Cellars’ Brandon Moss, and Tranche’s JJ and Kelly Menozzi. Itineraries are a same-day, pay-as-you-go experience. wallawallawine.com/wwander