This weekend I took a trip to Washington’s lovely little German town, Leavenworth. It’s surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains and the air is cold and crisp, in the best way possible. They still have all their Christmas lights up, which literally cover the entire downtown. Every tree, light post, doorway, and storefront is lit up. It’s the kind of town where you feel like it’s always Christmas. But seriously, they actually have a store called Kris Kringl that sells Santas, ornaments, and Christmas decorations year-round. Needless to say, it’ super charming.
And the best part of it all? They’ve stepped up their wine game! Leavenworth has always had a few cheeky wineries in town, but now there’s some high-quality, well-known tasting rooms sprouting up and I couldn’t be happier about it. I recommend popping into the Tasting Room which is a new development in the heart of town that hosts 6 different tasting rooms.
After descending the stairs, we decided to start at Obelisco Estate. I’d tasted at one of their two Woodinville locations about a year ago and remember really enjoying the wine. Obelisco’s tasting room is warm and welcoming, with oriental rugs spread about, cozy sitting areas, local artwork, and some chill music playing in the background. Their awesome tasting room manager, Nathaniel, helped us out right away. He even let us YouTube Mumford & Son’s ‘Hopeless Wonderer’ music video, which is hilarious and if you haven’t seen it you need to stop what you’re doing and watch it. For $15, he poured us about 6 or 7 wines, of which the French-style Malbec and Merlot were my favorite.
I had Shea (boyfriend) take some photos of me while we were there. Just the classic “Wine glass in front of the fireplace” photo and “Swirling my wine” Boomerang. He was a great sport. Nathanial was also a great sport and offered some creative direction by giving me a Jeroboam to hold, because the only thing better than a bottle of wine, is a bottle of wine that’s actually FOUR bottles of wine. Just as we thought we’d get out of that place without spending $100, we re-tasted the Red Mountain Malbec and tried their Cabernet Rose. I guess that’s what did it. And so here we are, with 2 delicious bottles of Obelisco sitting in my wine rack just staring at me. #worthit
Next, we headed across the foyer to Patterson Cellars. Shea is a club member (I feel like there’s no way to make that less swanky-sounding, so, sorry ‘bout it). Patterson is always a great place to taste, and I recommend it for red drinkers, white drinkers, new drinkers, and experienced drinkers. There’s a little something for everyone. Since it’s technically Valentine’s Day weekend, they were offering a special Valentine’s Day tasting where each wine is paired with chocolate, and who can say no to that? I mean, I guess I said no to that at Obelisco, but only because I wanted to taste their wines without crowding my taste buds.
The Valentine’s Day tasting menu was more fun than it was delicious. The wines are all tasty and easy-drinking, and the chocolates were great too, but I think both are better off being enjoyed separately. Needless to say, we left Patterson with their Cabernet Franc and Forbidden Rose.
So, I got my wine fix this weekend per usual. And long story short, Leavenworth has a lot to offer for all you wine-lovers, and it will only get better. I’d love to hear your recent tasting experiences in a comment below!