In the spirit of spontaneity, wanted to gauge interest for a backpacking trip through the AVAs of the North Coast of California & Pacific Northwest. Time frame would be at most 2 weeks. Game plan would be to visit every AVA from Mendocino County northwards to fully understand the microclimates & a true "sense of place". Unique time as harvest has already started for many wineries.
*Considered the backpacking option to minimize cost with hotel stays. #Letmeknowyourthoughts
*Another option is to fly-in to Portland, rent a car, & fly out of Seattle, but this option would be much more expensive.
Nothing is set-up yet. This is to see if this is attainable for anyone to do. Timeframe would be this month.
Sounds like a cool trip! Just some food for thought: Mendocino to Washington is a gigantic stretch of land. Even with a car, I think you'll be a bit pressed for time. Forgetting the fact that 1.5 days in Seattle/Puget Sound is only enough time for a good croque madame at Cafe Presse and a few glasses of wine at La Caviste, .5 day for Red Mountain, Walla Walla, and Horse Heaven Hills is too little. It takes a few hours to drive between these three areas.
Even though it's a cool idea to visit all AVAs in these areas, I'd suggest focusing the trip to a few regions and spending more time there, or extending the trip. Just a thought
Agree. Sounds like you’re just going to have enough time to drive through and look at the vineyards go by your window. Longer trip if you actually want to understand any of these places.
Thank you! Appreciate your thoughts. Itinerary is very lose and open to any and all suggestions. Would definitely like to spend some solid time in Red Mountain for sure.
Thanks Jeremy! This trip is kind of based off a story I was told by a few Somms from Canlis that visited every AVA in Washington in 1 day. Would definitely want to understand these places and would be willing to extend the trip.
I would expand a bit on what Jeremy said: several of the AVAs within Washington are large tracts of land that vary quite a bit in terms of soil, orientation, and elevation. Just trying to understand the Walla Walla AVA in a single day would be very difficult, and adding two other AVAs (that are not all that close by) is frankly impossible.I'd also add that you're planning to visit these places during harvest. Thus, getting access to vineyards and wineries is going to be tricky in plenty of cases.I understand that getting time off can be tough, and that you want to fit as much in as you can, but I think you'd be much better served to cut this list down significantly and actually get some in-depth understanding of a smaller number of appellations.
Difficult? Frankly impossible? Well, not if you're a Canlis somm, apparently? ;-)p.s. shoutout to Nelson and his amazing team!!!