Even after two decades in the Pacific Northwest, I still had the idea that Woodinville wine country was a far off place in the distance somewhere on Seattle’s Eastside. Across the bridges, past Mercer Island, over Kirkland and Kenmore, beyond Bothell. In a galaxy far, far away.

But it’s closer than you think.

Only a half hour outside of Seattle proper, it’s surprising just how much it feels like a destination, too. In fact, the Washington wine industry has grown exponentially within the confines of the Woodinville city limits, inviting visitors to taste wines created both locally and from regions around Eastern Washington. With an ever-expanding list of over 120 wineries, distilleries, and breweries debuting their latest productions, the Seattle suburb has blossomed into a bustling stop for drink lovers, each tasting room cozied up to another, from the Redwood Golf Center to the Woodinville Sports Field.

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Published on Daily Blender, June 2019

*Images: Jennifer Matthewson