Wandering Walla Walla

On the road in Washington’s most promising wine region
Sep 14, 2016

Sometimes you go to a place for the first time and it doesn't seem new. I felt that way the first time I drove into Sonoma County nearly 30 years ago. There were cows and rolling hills and barns that were just a 2x4-shy of falling down. It wasn't all that different from the Midwest where I grew up.

The feeling was similar as I drove around Walla Walla, Wash., for the first time a few weeks ago. I was there with my colleague Harvey Steiman, who knows eastern Washington better than Google, and has been going to the region for 40 years. Walla Walla, for me, is "Sonoma meets the Midwest." Maybe that's why it feels a bit like home.

Member-Only Content

Premium Subscription

Join today and get immediate access to this article, and to our entire database of more than 400,000 wine ratings. It only takes moments—but it will help you drink better all year long.

Start Free 30-day Trial

Already a member? Sign In

You Might Also Like

Fine-Tuning a Sonoma Standout at Arista

Fine-Tuning a Sonoma Standout at Arista

The McWilliams brothers, with winemaker Matt Courtney, have sharpened the focus at this …

May 18, 2022
Zinfandel According to Nalle

Zinfandel According to Nalle

The Sonoma veteran's claret-style Zins are back in favor as the next generation refines …

Mar 30, 2022
Eva Dehlinger Steers Her Family's Sonoma Estate into the Future

Eva Dehlinger Steers Her Family's Sonoma Estate into the Future

The Russian River Valley Pinot Noir star moves ahead without eschewing the winery's past

Mar 23, 2022
Promontory Is Ready to Soar

Promontory Is Ready to Soar

After more than a decade of change and experimenting, Bill Harlan’s third Napa Cabernet …

Mar 17, 2022
Etude 2.0

Etude 2.0

After winemaker Tony Soter sold Etude in 2001, the brand had to prove itself all over …

Mar 3, 2022
Moving the Bar at Hyde de Villaine

Moving the Bar at Hyde de Villaine

This high-profile joint venture between Napa's Larry Hyde and Burgundy’s Aubert de Villaine …

Feb 25, 2022