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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 12/17/2017 8:39:52 PM   
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Are there any itineraries planned yet? I would like to fly in for the long weekend and leave Sunday, if possible. Unfortunately, my knowledge of Washington State Wines is very low, so I would like to do a bit of tasting and exploring. But with work, wife, kids, etc, my trip (if at all possible), will have to be brief. Even so, I would not want to miss the bagpipes.


We are working on some things, hopefully will have some post edits up this week.

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 12/17/2017 9:10:29 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Hollowine


quote:

ORIGINAL: Endodr

Are there any itineraries planned yet? I would like to fly in for the long weekend and leave Sunday, if possible. Unfortunately, my knowledge of Washington State Wines is very low, so I would like to do a bit of tasting and exploring. But with work, wife, kids, etc, my trip (if at all possible), will have to be brief. Even so, I would not want to miss the bagpipes.


We are working on some things, hopefully will have some post edits up this week.


Are we targeting events Fri/Sat? Or do you think there will be Sun ones as well?


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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 12/17/2017 10:44:48 PM   
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Are we targeting events Fri/Sat? Or do you think there will be Sun ones as well?



I think it would be safe to plan on Friday/Saturday as days we will have vineyard tours, winery visits, release party, etc.

Release Party is likely to be Saturday at Rasa, so Sunday could be at your discretion to hit some wineries in the area you missed.

I'm thinking of trying to personally organize something on Thursday but don't know what yet (Inventory party of my cellar?... ). If some people may be considering flying into Portland, you will be passing through Hood River on the way to WW, so let me know if you are coming in a day or two early.


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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 12/18/2017 5:32:20 PM   
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That’s great because I’m planning to fly to Pasco on Thursday. I’ll have to fly back on Sunday. I’ve never been to Washington State and I’m anxious to cram as much in, as I can. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never tried most Washington State Wines.

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 12/18/2017 5:53:09 PM   
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I looked into the logistics of getting to WW. It's hard to get there. There are no direct flights from Ft. Lauderdale to Portland or Seattle. Then there is a second flight to WW (or a long drive). I still want to go, but the arrangements


We flew into Portland and drove. A pretty drive but it does take about 3.5-4 hrs. Alternative was a Alaska Airline flight from Seattle which would have still taken at least 2 hours (if you include layover and flight), plus driving saves you tons of cash you can spend on wine!

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 12/18/2017 6:34:46 PM   
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I will almost certainly fly to Portland on Tuesday or Wednesday. Or even Monday if it makes sense. I am definitely interested in stopping on the way in White Salmon, Yakima, or ???

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 12/19/2017 8:36:17 AM   
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This sounds like a wonderful weekend. We will try to make it work. Where are people staying ? Not familiar with the area. Thanks, Ed

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 12/19/2017 9:55:46 PM   
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I hope to make it (and break my lack of attendance at CT Wine Events).

I'll expand a little on Chris' logistics post regarding flying in (out):
Airports:
Walla Walla (AWL) - Horizon flights to Seattle on Horizon (Alaska) - good luck with Sun evening departure, booked by Seattle owners of W2 wineries.
Pasco (Tricities) (PSC) - Lots of expansion over the past 10 years, but still a regional airport. 25 minutes to Red Mountain. Cheap flights on Alligent to vacation destinations (AZ, SoCal, Vegas), plus Alaskan, United, Delta. Big jets and puddle jumpers.
Spokane (GEG) - Southwest flies there. I highly recommend an hour visit to Palouse Falls State Park (on the way, recommended May-June)
Yakima (YKM) - Unless you get a crazy deal, do PSC or SEA. Ditto Lewiston (LWS)
SeaTac (SEA). Nice drive to W2 (WA-410 if open, or WA-821). Stupid car rental taxes (to pay for sports stadiums, tax the non-resident). Can hit Woodinville or the Seattle craft brewing scene.
Portland (PDX) Nice drive through the Gorge (Great breweries in Hood River area, a few wineries, and Columbia Crest Winery in Patterson WA is crazy in a good way

Folks from out of the area could combine this with an Alaskan cruise out of Seattle (early season)

From Florida, check out flying out of Orlando for much cheaper fares (or puddle jumper to ORL) to SEA, but Alaska does direct to ORL, FLL and MIA.

Alaska Airlines - "Wines fly free" (up to a case) departing (got to join their club):
ALW
PSC
LWS
YKM
PDX
but NOT SEATAC (SEA)

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 12/20/2017 11:22:17 AM   
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The Walt Whitman is full. I am staying at the Hampton. Rates are sky high so be warned.

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 12/21/2017 10:12:14 AM   
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Thank you ! Cheers, Ed

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 12/21/2017 6:03:04 PM   
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I'm still not a 100% go, but I made motel reservations. I plan to fly into Pasco on Thursday and fly out on Sunday.
This should be a really good weekend.

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 1/1/2018 4:49:25 PM   
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In!

Was having a bit of a dilemma trying to make this work with a planned vacation starting that weekend; we've decided to delay our departure to Monday so we can make it. Looking forward to seeing some old acquaintances and meeting some new ones!.

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 1/4/2018 5:57:57 AM   
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Okie dokie...flights and hotels are booked!

We're flying into SEA late on the 2nd, staying at a hotel near the airport for convenience, then a midday flight to WW on the 3rd. Hotel is the Courtyard in the middle of town. We leave again early on Sunday the 6th for the trek back to NYC.

Can't wait!

p.s. - Will additional kilts be provided or is this a BYO event?

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 1/4/2018 10:12:22 AM   
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We are In!!

Gary and I plan to start in Portland venturing to Astoria, Salem & Willamette, Outdoor adventures in Hood River/Columbia Gorge and finally making our way to Walla Walla for the release party.

We will be staying at the Hampton Inn - arriving Thursday and departing mid morning on Sunday.

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 1/4/2018 3:23:24 PM   
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Just booked a house via AirBnB!

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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 1/8/2018 5:53:22 PM   
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Pondering deeply. Might try to make a biking trip out of this. (Wine calorie offset program). And yes I probably would need to pedal all the way from FL to get to neutral, but I think I may check bikes on the big silver bird instead. :)


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RE: CT Washington Release Party - Save the Date - 1/8/2018 7:23:06 PM   
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There's some nice rides around WW, Mark.

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