Experience wine country without the crowds in these under-the-radar spots for sipping
Photo by José Mandojana
Discover the sophisticated side of Washington’s summer playground, where sandcastles and jet skis are making way for (really good) wine. Serious winemakers have discovered Chelan’s “lake effect”—its ability to retain heat and lengthen the growing season in this otherwise chilly region. This Northwest hot spot is home to more than 15 local wineries harvesting grapes from the Columbia Valley. What we're excited about? The region's aromatic Alsatian whites: Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris.