On the Road to Paradise Spring Wine Tasting near Mt. Rainier

The second annual “On the Road to Paradise” Spring Wine Tasting is your chance to sip, savor and enjoy a variety of hard-to-find, artisanal wines from small producers. It’s a great time to stock up for summer entertaining.

Time: 3 – 8pm, Saturday, May 14th
Place: Whittaker Basecamp, 30027 Hwy 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304  Get Directions
Cost: $20 – Complimentary with Lodging!

More Details:

  •  One event entry, complimentary with lodging, May 13 – 14 in Ashford, Elbe, Longmire and Mineral
  • Proof of lodging receipt upon entry
  • Food: Available to purchase from Whittaker’s Bar & Grill; Music: See line up
  • No age restrictions – children are welcome
  • Further information: 1 (877) 617-9951
  • Nearby Events of Interest:  May 14th, 10:00am – 3:00pm: The New Ashford County Park will host a Rods to Rainier Show
Featured Wineries

Flying Dreams
“Flying Dreams” embodies the idea that we all find our wings as we explore new possibilities. Vintner and owner of Flying Dreams, Leroy Radford, constantly explores ways to create sublime wines of uniqueness and character and believes that, while extraordinary wines are made with impeccable precision in the winery, they begin in the vineyard. Since its beginnings in 2005 until today, Flying Dreams has worked with the best grape growers in Washington State to create fine and interesting ultra-premium wines.

Madsen Family Cellars
The Madsen Family Cellars in Olympia, licensed in 2005, began with two barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon. They quickly expanded, opened a tasting room and now have created more than 11 wines, both red and white. Their carefully crafted wines originate with grapes grown in Eastern Washington vineyards including Stone Tree Vineyards on the Wahluke Slope, McKinley Springs Vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills and the Seth Ryan Vineyard in Benton City.

Naches Heights Vineyard
The Naches Heights Vineyard and Winery, perched above the beautiful Naches Valley, has been in the Cline family for 44 years. Being one of Washington State’s highest elevated vineyards at 1800 ft, NHV combines its elevation with rich volcanic soil, to create unique growing conditions for wine grapes. Barbara and Phil Cline currently produce five grape varietals: Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Tempranillo and Syrah. The NHV Syrah won a gold medal at the Seattle Wine Awards last year and was recently awarded a Double Gold at the Wine Press Northwest Platinum judging.
Scatter Creek Winery
Scatter Creek Winery, owned by Andrea and Terril Keary, has served the Southwest Washington community of Tenino since March 2005 and specializes in a variety of handcrafted wines, from soft whites to bold reds and dessert wines. During 2010, Scatter Creek Winery won the Taster’s Choice award at last fall’s Road to Paradise Wine Tasting as well as awards at the “Capital Food & Wine Festival” in March and the Taster’s Choice award at the “Taste of the Market”, in Olympia. Scatter Creek Winery also sells wine gifts and can create individualized labels according to the purchasers’ requirements.
Small Lot CO-OP
Small Lot Co-Op supports small lot wineries in Washington State, producing less than 2,500 cases of wine a year and is dedicated to bringing these premium products to everyone. The Small Lot Co-Op vintners use grapes grown on either side of the Mountain to create elegant wines with perfect balance and intriguing complexity.
Stina’s Cellars
Stina’s Cellars opened its intimate winery in Tacoma in 2005, began operating commercially in 2006 and produces about 1200 cases a year. Oak barrels and artwork create ambience in its cozy tasting room. Stina’s Cellars’ owner and vintner, Perry Preston, has been making wine and winning awards since 1990. Today, he uses carefully selected grapes from Eastern and Western Washington for his creations. Recently, Stina’s Cellars joined other Pierce County businesses in The World Trade Center Tacoma’s Fuzhou, China trade project.
Trillium Creek Winery
The 15-acre Trillium Creek Winery on the Key Peninsula includes a vineyard, a tasting room and a winery. Owners Claude and Claudia Gahard licensed the business in 2006 after 28 years of creating wines as a hobby. Claude, a retired commercial pilot, grew up in France and likes drier wines. Claudia likes the sweeter wines. They make both types and buy grapes that cannot grow in the Puget Sound climate from the Paul Burgess Vineyards in the Columbia River Valley. Using old-world techniques, they produce wines without chemical or biological enhancements that are exceptionally low in sulfites.
Wilridge Winery and Vineyard
Wilridge Winery is the oldest continuously operated winery in Seattle. Founded in 1988 by husband and wife duo, Paul Beveridge and Lysle Wilhelmi. From the beginning, Wilridge’s goal has been to find the best vineyard sites in Washington State and hand make wines that bring out the unique characteristics of each vineyard. In 2007, Paul and Lysle planted their own estate vineyard on Naches Heights near Yakima, and released their first estate wines in 2010. Wilridge now produces wines from their own vineyard and continues to produce wines from other great wine growing regions of Washington State. Receiving 91 points from the Wine Advocate, Robert Parker noted: “Succulent fruit, plenty of spice, and impeccable balance make for a classy red blend.”

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