Guests at Eritage Resort need not leave the grounds for a locally sourced feast. Culinary director and James Beard Award–winning chef Jason Wilson and executive chef Brian Price have crafted a menu inspired by the bounty of local farms. The chefs pickle, preserve and ferment fruits and vegetables to use throughout the year and use local grains in the baked goods. Syrah-braised lamb shank; pan-roasted lingcod; fresh pastas smothered in delectables like chanterelles, herbed ricotta and truffle honey drizzle; along with Wilson’s Fire & Vine hospitality brand staples like spice-roasted carrots with chile yogurt, tahini, mint and almonds encourage a long, leisurely dinner.
Chef Chris Ainsworth and his wife, Island, have been setting the culinary standard in downtown Walla Walla for more than a decade at Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen. The cuisine, which includes dishes such as lasagna with lamb ragu, halibut tagine, and patatas bravas with spicy tomato and aioli, has Mediterranean roots but uses Northwest ingredients. Don’t miss the restaurant’s signature dish: beef cheeks braised until tender and served with a seasonal purée, gremolata and horseradish.
Brasserie Four delivers on sumptuous French dishes, among them house-made rillettes and pâté, escargot and oysters, all of the frites—poulet, moules, steak—salads and inventive soups. Plus, it’s one of the only places in town serving European wines, including Champagne, to add context to all the local wines you’ll be tasting during your stay.
In the morning, the biggest challenge at Colville Street Patisserie is choosing which concoction of butter, flour and sugar best suits your mood: crisp caramelized kouign-amann, a rum-soaked canelé, brioche with fruit or just a perfectly flaky croissant. Desserts include seasonal tarts, crème brûlée and house-made gelato.
Brasserie Four, Walla Walla, 4 E Main St.; 509.529.2011
Colville Street Patisserie, Walla Walla, 40 S Colville St.; 509.301.7289
Eritage Resort, Walla Walla, 1319 Bergevin Springs Road; 509.394.9200
Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen, Walla Walla, 330 W Main St.; 509.525.2112
GLASS ACT: The tasting room at Long Shadows Vintners in Walla Walla is bedecked with glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly. Photo by Long Shadows
With more than 120 wineries in the Walla Walla area to choose from, deciding where to taste can be daunting. These wineries are known for their delicious wine—and a few extras.
Corliss: Giant wood beams extend from the brick exterior into a richly appointed tasting room. Taste small-production, estate-grown red wines by appointment only. Walla Walla, 511 N Second Ave.; 509.526.4400
Gramercy Cellars: Minimalist winemaking, restrained use of new oak and much patience make master sommelier turned winemaker Greg Harrington’s elegant wines positively preen. Walla Walla, 635 N 13th Ave.; 509.876.2427
Charles Smith Wines: This is the headquarters of Washington’s most rocking and rolling winery. Sip Smith’s “wines of substance” while tunes play all around you. Walla Walla, 35 S Spokane St.; 509.526.5230; winesofsubstance.com
Amavi Cellars: Light streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows at this modern minimalist tasting room overlooking lush vineyards and the Blue Mountains beyond. On offer is a delicious lineup of red, white and rosé wines. Walla Walla, 3796 Peppers Bridge Road; 509.525.3541
Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery: With a gleaming white exterior topped by a red roof, this tasting room shines like the Spanish sun nestled among vineyards and garden boxes. Try pours of Spanish varietals such as Tempranillo and Albariño. Milton-Freewater, 85728 Telephone Pole Road; 541.558.3656
Doubleback: This new winery facility offers expansive views from a vintage-meets-modern living room setting, pairing those sights with superstar winemaker Josh McDaniels’ award-winning Cabernet and Syrah wines. Walla Walla, 3853 Powerline Road; 509.525.3334
Northstar Winery: A soaring stone fireplace, lodge-like interior and expansive patio set the stage for some of Washington’s best Merlot-based wines. Walla Walla, 1736 J B George Road; 509.525.6100
Tertulia Cellars: A clean, modern interior offers a variety of seating options in which to ensconce yourself before tasting your way through the winery’s Rhône-based blends. Afterward, hit the pétanque courts outside for a little afternoon fun. Walla Walla, 1564 Whiteley Road; 509.525.5700
Long Shadows Vintners: Sip a portfolio of world-class wines made by leading authorities as you enjoy this tasting room bedecked in Chihuly glass sculptures. Walla Walla, 1604 Frenchtown Road; 509.526.0905
Woodward Canyon Winery: Begin your tasting journey with Old World–inspired wines at one of the valley’s original wineries, located just west of Walla Walla in Lowden (Frenchtown). Lowden, 11920 U.S. Hwy. 12; 509.525.4129
Taste The Coffee 2019