[This was written as email to an out-of-towner who was going to be in Seattle for a few days in June 1997, and wanted to do some serious winetasting. I listed a several day schedule, it's broken up into 4 parts here.]
Assuming your conference is in Seattle proper, and you're there for a few days, you may want to drop in to E. B. Foote winery -- they're open Tue. and Thu. evenings ('though best to call ahead). One evening you could also have a nice (fairly expensive, but excellent) dinner at Cafe Juanita in Kirkland, which is the only place to try the wines of Cavatappi Winery (purchasable at some local wine shops).
The drive from Seattle to the closest wineries in the Yakima area is 3+ hours. Because of this, I'd recommend sticking with the Seattle area for that last day of the conference. Take I-90 or SR-520 East to I-405, then north on I-405 to Woodinville (20-30 minutes from Seattle) and visit:
More to come for the rest of trip in a later note.
P.S. You know, after doing all this typing, I think I'm going to add this as a page at the site. I've been meaning to add some "recommended tours" pages for a long time, here's the first installment.
After visiting the Woodinville wineries as described yesterday, you can then drive out to the Yakima Valley the following day. This way you're doing your driving during the time that no wineries are open anyways, thus maximizing your tasting time.
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