Sunday, January 23, 2011

Are You A Planner?

Hello, my name is Melinda and I am a planner.  That's right, I fully admit to making lists, mapping routes, planning itineraries; especially when it comes to wine touring.  With an upcoming Walla Walla trip in the works, I am well....giddy.  I almost enjoy the planning as much as the trip....almost.  I have learned over the years that having a plan is good, but sometimes the best laid plans don't pan out and thats ok too.

When planning, it helps to have some resources to draw upon to help you.  Fortunately, there are an abundance of them ("would you say there are a plethora of resources El Guapo?") available on Washington wine touring.

Washington Wine Commission - This is a great place to start planning your wine tour.  It has the most up to date news and events, plus you can read winery and grower profiles.  There is also a itinerary planner to help you map out your course.  This is a great place to start.  From here you can visit some regional websites more specific to where you are going.

Walla Walla Valley - You can learn about the history and terrior of this region.  Not only is there a great PDF winery map, but there is also info on lodging, restaurants, transportation & recreation.  Everything you need to plan your trip.

Yakima Wine Association - This site has a great interactive map, not only for wineries but also growers, accomodations, activities, dining, and picnic facilities.  For those who are interested in visiting and/or learning about the vineyards and growers there is a great section with profiles on growers and their vineyards, complete with a map showing where they are.  Very informative website.

Cascade Valley Wine Country - The CVWC encompasses the areas of Lake Chelan, Wenatchee Valley and Leavenworth.  These three areas make for a great wine tour in one of the most beautiful areas in Washington State.  This site provides you with winery information and locations.  It also keeps up to date on the events in the region.  It can be fun to time you wine tour with one of the many fun events throughout the year.

There are just a few of my favorite websites that I use when planning a wine touring trip.  They make it easy to fine tune your plan as well as build excitement for your upcoming trip.  Happy planning!

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