Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much are tasting fees in Walla Walla?
A: Wine tasting fees in the Walla Walla Valley range between $10 - $30—with most wineries charging $10—and are waived with a 1 or 2 bottle purchase. So if you’re willing to buy a bottle or two of wine, you will not have to pay a tasting fee. (We believe that the best compliment you can give a winemaker is to purchase a bottle of their wine.)
Tasting fees are paid directly to the winery at the end of your tasting, and all wineries in Walla Walla accept credit cards.
Are you on a budget? There are a few tasting rooms that waive tasting fees for my groups, so if your group is on a budget simply tell Ali after making your reservation, and she’ll design a budget-friendly itinerary for you.
Q: Do I choose the wineries, or do you?
A: With a Private Wine Tour, you get to choose exactly where you want to go. Ali will create a custom itinerary for you, based on your favorite varietals and the style of experience that you’re looking for. If you already have a list of wineries that you’d like to visit…great! Or Ali can provide ideas of Walla Walla wineries to visit, to create a memorable wine tasting adventure.
With a Mixed Group Wine Tour, Ali will solicit input on the style of wine/experience that you’re interested in, then put together an itinerary for the group that incorporates everyone’s feedback. If there’s a winery that you absolutely want to visit on a mixed group tour, just let Ali know, and she’ll see if she can work it in.
Q: What options are there for lunch?
A: For a Private Wine Tour, you can bring your own picnic or choose from a variety of gourmet sandwiches & salads. (Simply ask Ali to email you a menu from Graze.) She would be happy to pick up your lunch before your tour.
For a Mixed Group Wine Tour, here is the list of sandwiches & salads to choose from:
Steak sandwich: Eye of round cooked medium, chimichurri, Mama Lil's peppers, provolone
Grilled Chicken sandwich: Grilled Chicken, Bacon, basil mayonnaise, tomato, green leaf lettuce, provolone
Turkey Avocado sandwich: Turkey, Avocado, Tomato, Green Leaf Lettuce, Provolone
Banh Mi Sandwich: Eye of round steak cooked medium, raw jalapeño, cilantro, pickled daikon and carrot, mayo, cucumber on italian round
Vegan Chickpea sandwich: Smashed chickpeas with vegenaise, parsley, celery, cucumbers, sprouts, Mama Lil’s peppers, green leaf lettuce on toasted wheat
Chicken Caesar salad: Grilled Chicken, Chopped Romaine, Croutons, Parmesan, Scratch Dressing
Cobb salad: Mixed Greens, Chopped Vegetables, Provolone, Blue Cheese, Cucumber, Tomato, Bacon, Chicken, Pastrami, Ranch
Q: What’s the Best Way to Prepare for My Tour?
A: Well funny that you may ask…check out Ali’s blog post for a quick primer on how to prepare for your wine tasting adventure!