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Final year for Passport to Woodinville

  • Written by Shannon Michael, Features Writer

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This May will mark the last Passport to Woodinville event. Woodinville Wine Country, organizer of the annual event dubbed "Passport: Last Call" this year, has decided to end it after it runs May 3-4, 2014. To celebrate the event’s last year, an ultimate party is being planned for attendees.

With an all-access pass to almost 40 wineries throughout Woodinville, "Passport: Last Call" will give attendees the opportunity to explore the breadth and quality of wines made in our state.

Begun in 2002, Passport to Woodinville gave attendees access to the 10 small wineries that didn’t have regular tasting room hours.

The event has grown through the years, with over 1,500 people attending last year’s event, according to Woodinville Wine Country director Sandra Lee. Lee already has exciting plans for a new event next year.

While exploring the wineries, there’ll be some amazing food opportunities throughout Woodinville, a free T-shirt and logo wine glass, a free wine valet service and the Emerald City Trolley service between Hollywood and Warehouse Wine Districts will initiate a seasonal shuttle service starting with the Passport event.

Trolley stops will include Woodhouse Wine Estates for easy parking; Columbia Winery; Chateau Ste. Michelle; Brian Carter Cellars; Sparkman Cellars (Warehouse) and Covington Cellars Restaurant and Winery (Warehouse).

Emerald City Trolley, owned by Howard Wright, started service in Seattle last spring. "We are so thankful for the warm welcome Woodinville has extended us and we are just as excited for this product to launch. This is our trial debut and we feel we have developed a route that is logistically sound, appropriately conservative, and takes a step in the right direction to unite the Hollywood District with the Warehouse District," the company released in a statement. 

If the use of the trolley is a success during the Passport event, they plan to grow the route and encompass more of Woodinville.

While the cost of using the trolley is included in Passport tickets purchased for those selecting the trolley option, the final cost to use a trolley system throughout the summer on weekends is yet to be determined, but is estimated to be in the $10 range for a day pass with on- and off-privileges.

During the month of February only, a special early bird discount is being offered for Passport: Last Call. A Weekend Passport, good for both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., will be $65, or $70 with shuttle service, per person.

A Sunday Only Passport will be $50, or $55 with shuttle service, per person. Prices include a food voucher, T-shirt and logo wine glass.

Passport purchasers will need to indicate intent to use the trolley service when ordering in order to accommodate all Passport ticket holders who wish to use the service.

Purchased Passports can be picked up before the weekend’s event at Columbia Winery on May 1-2 from noon-6 p.m. They can also be picked up there during the weekend event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 3-4.

Passport tickets are now being sold through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/575848.

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