Read to Eat

Start the summer with great food stories and recipes worth a little perspiration

Read to Eat

Washington Wines & Winer­ies: The Essential Guide

by Paul Gregutt
University of California Press, 328 pp., $34.95

Paul Gregutt has covered Washington wine in newspapers and magazines for 20 years. When he started, Washington had six wineries. The count is now more than 500, and the reason is simple: Once you get east of the Cascade Mountains, Washington has perfect wine weather. Hot during the day, cool at night, and desert-dry.

Gregutt has an engaging, easy-to-read style that is never geeky or arcane. He doesn't focus solely on the wines but also gives good coverage to the winemakers, the history of the area, and interesting trivia. I've spent a good amount of time in Washington and know many of the folks he's written about, and he does a spot-on job of catching their personalities and their wines. If you ever travel to the Pacific Northwest, this book would be a great companion for a few days in what I consider to be the most exciting wine area in the U.S. A trip to the Red Mountain region would allow you to visit Hedges Family Estate and Col Solare, two great Washington wineries. Then, a trip to Walla Walla to visit the Pepper Bridge and Reininger wineries (be sure to eat at Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen!) would get you started on two of that region's best. Then just page through Gregutt's book for more choices. Highly recommended.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More by Wes Marshall
Weekend Wine
Weekend Wine
Marqués de Cáceres Rosé perfect for picnic weather

Feb. 21, 2024

Weekend Wine: The Magic of Cahors
Weekend Wine: The Magic of Cahors
Clos La Coutale Cahors is perfect for cassoulet

Nov. 2, 2023

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle