Northwest Wine Country:
Wine's New Frontier

A Food and Wine Lover's Guide

Northwest Wine Country is a food and wine lover's guide to vineyards, fine dining, accommodation, restaurants in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia.

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Northwest Wine Country describes itself as 'an intimate guide to the very best of the Northwest wine country'.

 It's the kind of guide where you envy the authors, who have to eat and drink their way around the vineyards and fine dining restaurants of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. As guidebook writers ourselves we know that producing such guides involves a lot of hard work, a lot of planning, and also a lot of expense: But still – it beats some other jobs we've had!

Kathleen and Gerald Hill are the lucky authors, native Californians and residents of both Sonoma County and British Columbia. They've also written guides to Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and to Monterey and Carmel in their series of Food and Wine Lover's Guides. For this book they drove over 4000 miles to check out the places in their book, which so far has been updated regularly. 

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Sometimes you can tell early on in a book if you're going to get along with the author, and we knew from the Preface that we were going to enjoy traveling in print with these guys:

"We are wine and food fans who believe that you do not have to be a wine snob to enjoy wines. We strongly believe in a vital connection between food, wine, and local culture. To really understand a community you must get to know how people grow their food, cook it, and enjoy it, as well as what they drink with it and in what settings."

So where is the Northwest Wine Country the authors describe? They admit they kind-of made it up, blending British Columbia with Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Each gets a chapter in this 306-page paperback, and each chapter suggests routes for the visitor, taking in the best vineyards, restaurants, delis, farmers' markets, food and wine boutiques, a few micro-breweries, and the best chefs, whether they work in gourmet restaurants or all-American diners. They promise an up-close and personal look at them all, even adding that:

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"Kathleen is a particular connoisseur of restrooms and can tell you their conditions along most roads in most western states."

You can tell from friendly remarks like this that they're going to be easy-going travelers and writers, more interested in what they're eating and drinking than in trying to show off their knowledge to the readers. We've all read books like that and they're a big turn-off. Not this one.

Northwest Wine Country gives you driving directions, introduces you to the chefs and winemakers in person, raids their recipes (Merlot Cherry Brownies anyone?), provides maps, opening hours and contact details, and the only thing it lacks is online information. The book seems to come from a pre-internet era (the first edition appears to go back to 1999), and the website and email details haven't been added since.

But that's a minor quibble for what's a fine and full book, which even throws in a 25-page History of Winemaking in the Pacific Northwest too. And for the Pacific Coast Highway traveler? Well, in Washington there's plenty to visit around Seattle, the Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula areas, although Oregon's vineyards are mostly inland from Highway-101 and the Pacific Coast.

So for the pure Pacific Coast Highway traveler the book is far from being an essential purchase. But for any food and wine lovers touring the Pacific Northwest, it's an agreeable traveling companion – just like the authors seem to be.

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    The San Luis Obispo Coast wine region is the most recent wine region in the USA to be declared an American Viticultural Area (AVA).

  • Wineries and Vineyards on the Pacific Coast Highway

    The wineries and vineyards along the Pacific Coast Highway make some of the best wine in the world, from Oregon and Washington to California's Sonoma and Napa.

  • Washington Wine Country

    Washington Wine Country includes plenty of vineyards and wineries that can be visited while traveling the Pacific Coast Highway including the Olympic Peninsula.

  • Paso Robles Wine Tours

    Paso Robles Wine Tours include the excellent JUSTIN Vineyard, a tour of one of the first wineries in Paso Robles with visits to the cellars and a wine tasting.

  • Santa Cruz Downtown Wine Tastings

    There are plenty of Santa Cruz downtown wine tastings including Beauregard Vineyards,Storrs Winery and Pelican Ranch Winery,all with tasting rooms.

  • Santa Barbara Wine Country

    Santa Barbara Wine Country is one of the top wine destinations says Wine Enthusiast, alongside Napa Valley, rating California vineyards alongside Champagne.

  • Robert Mondavi

    Robert Mondavi was one of the leading wine-makers in Napa Valley, who helped turn California wines into some of the best wines in the world.

  • Paso Robles Accommodation

    If looking for Paso Robles accommodation you could stay on a vineyard at the luxury JUST Inn Bed and Breakfast, in the grounds of the JUSTIN winery.

  • Pacific Coast Wine Trail

    The Pacific Coast Wine Trail includes wineries and vineyards along the Pacific Coast Highway in California's Central Coast including tasting rooms.

  • Olympic Peninsula Wineries

    Olympic Peninsula wineries are not in the heart of Washington wine country but the vineyards near the Pacific Coast Highway are worth a visit.

  • Napa Wine Country Inn

    The Napa Wine Country Inn and Gardens in St Helena overlooks a vineyard and has free wine tastings every evening and offers guests help with booking wine tours.

  • Napa Valley Facts and Figures

    These Napa Valley Facts and Figures give statistics on California wine, Napa wineries, Napa grapes and vines in California wine country.

  • Napa Valley Bed and Breakfast Inns

    Ideas on where to stay when touring California's Napa Valley vineyards and wineries, including hotels, historic inns, a ranch, a resort and railway carriages!

  • Napa Bed and Breakfast

    The Napa Bed and Breakfast, 1801 First, is an award-winning romantic b&b near the center of Napa, with good food, and spa treatments available.



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