Wine and Dine in The Heart of Washington Wine Country

With more than 60 wineries within a 50-mile radius, the Tri-Cities area is deservedly known as The Heart of Washington Wine Country. Whether you’re in the Red Mountain AVA or Columbia Valley, you’ll find inviting winemakers offering vineyard tours, wine tastings, fresh food, and memorable moments.

The combination of Washington’s unique soil composition and the Pacific Northwest climate allows for unique, world-class wines that won’t be found elsewhere. Among the many varieties offered throughout Washington Wine Country, you’ll find excellent offerings of popular choices like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

Whether you’re interested in sampling an array of award-winning wines, enjoying local food offerings, or attending a special event, a visit to wine country isn’t complete without experiencing a local vineyard. When you stay at one of Red Lion’s Tri-Cities hotels, you’ll enjoy convenient access to the best Washington vineyards.

While options for enjoying the local wine culture abound, we’ve selected some of our favorite Washington Wine Country wineries for you to consider:

Bookwalter Winery

Guests return year after year to enjoy some of the finest wines Washington has to offer at this Richland winery. Guided tours and delicious food round out the experience at this casual but refined vineyard.

894 Tulip Lane
Richland, WA
(509) 627-5000
 

Hogue Cellars

Washington’s 19th bonded winery, Hogue Cellars began in founder Mike Hogue’s backyard. From 2,000 cases in 1982 to 400,000 cases today, this Prosser winery has received continually been awarded for the consistent quality of its wines, made exclusively from fruit harvested within Washington.

2800 Lee Road
Prosser, WA
(800) 565-9779
 

Tagaris Winery and Taverna Tagaris

Founded in 1987, this Washington winery’s roots can be traced back to Greek royalty from the 15th century. The family has been growing grapes in Washington for three generations, leading to acclaim from visitors and a host of award-winning wines.

844 Tulip Lane
Richland, WA
(509) 628-1619
 

Terra Blanca Vintners

This Benton City winery boasts a variety of delightful wines and delicious food in a rustic and charming setting reminiscent of the vineyards of Tuscany.

34715 Demoss Road
Benton City, WA
(509) 588-6082
 
 

Get into a Washington state of mind and plan your next adventure to wine country over dinner with one of our favorite wine-inspired dishes: Chicken Marsala.

Ingredients:

¼ cup all-purpose flour for coating

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon dried oregano

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded ¼ inch thick

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup sliced mushrooms

½ cup Marsala wine

¼ cup cooking sherry

Directions:

  1. In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper, and oregano.
  2. Coat chicken breast halves in flour mixture.
  3. In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat.
  4. Place coated chicken breast halves in the pan and lightly brown.
  5. Turn over chicken pieces and add mushrooms.