Apr 212015

Gary & Von

Gary & Von

The kids are grown – all seven of them. So many obligations, school activities, sporting events are just about to end as our last child graduates from high school in June, leaving us with hours to fill. As Gary and I drove home from an impromptu weekend photography trip, we made a stop at Maryhill Winery when we realized there were no kids along to be bored.

We love Maryhill with its big deck that showcases expansive views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood. The wine is good with 8 wines on the day’s tasting list – a great value for your $5 tasting fee. Since it was towards the end of the day on a Sunday, the tasting room was busy and a fella began a tasting next to us. Conversation began. He was from Twin Falls, Idaho, a Maryhill wine club member who freely shared some of his life experience which made our time at Maryhill very interesting and entertaining.

As we left, Gary joked that we should visit a winery every week. Not only would we get to enjoy some great wine, we could meet some fun people, and wineries often are beautiful places that are fun to photograph. At the pace of one winery a week, we wouldn’t even make a dent in the long list of wineries here in the Columbia Basin of Washington, also known as Washington’s wine country. There are 240 wineries a short drive to the east and west of our home in Kennewick, which includes grapes from the regional AVA’s of Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills and Naches Heights.

That’s just close to home. Throw in the hundreds more located throughout the rest of Washington State, plus Oregon and Idaho, well, we have blog post possibilities far out into the future.

We hope you’ll come along for the ride.