Magazine article Sunset

The Ale and Wine Trail

Magazine article Sunset

The Ale and Wine Trail

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TRIP 2/150 MILES

YAKIMA, WA - MOXEE, WA - BENTON CITY, WA - MILTON-FREEWATER, OR - WALLA WALLA, WA

WHY GO Eastern Washington and Oregon let both beer and wine lovers see the ag roots of their preferred libation-and offer an excellent range of tasting rooms.

WHO IT'S FOR Enophiles and hopheads who travel together.

WHERE TO STAY Desert Wind Winery has four guest rooms above their adobe tasting room near Prosser. For a deluxe stay near Walla Walla, try The Inn at Abeja, where guests have access to the winery's tasting room. Desert Wind: From $275, including tasting; desertwindwinery.com. Abeja: From $245, including tasting; abeja.net.

1 YAKIMA CRAFT BREWING CO. Yakima's original craft brewery has a very small taproom but a broad range of fresh ales, all of them brewed on-site. No tastin g fee; yakimacraft brewing.com.

2 GILBERT CELLARS From rose to Riesling, the chic tasting room has downtown Yakima's best palate pleasers. $5 tasting; gilbertcellars.com.

3 BALE BREAKER BREWING CO. Nestled between acres of hops first planted in the late 1 800s, the popular new Moxee brewery offers tastings in its Baling Room and brewery tours. Tasting from $3; tours on Sat; balebreaker.com.

4 RED MOUNTAIN AVA Find a taste of France-palatial château included-at Hedges Family Estate, balanced Bordeaux-style reds at Cooper Wine Company, or luxurious Cabernets at Col Solare, all in Benton City in the Red Mountain region. …

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