Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where do your Seattle wine tours pick up and depart?
A. Our coaches pick guests up in Seattle at the Renaissance, Sheraton and Westin Hotels. We also pick up guests in Bellevue at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Special arrangements can be made for guests to be picked up at the Willow’s Lodge in Woodinville when guests are staying there.
Q. What time does my tour start and how do I know where to go?
Guests will receive an email a day or so prior to your tour date with specific instructions on where to meet the guides and what time to be there. Please read this email carefully.
Q. I made a reservation but it says pending. What does that mean?
Because our tours require Winemakers’ time to greet our guests, we can’t run a tour with fewer than six-eight people. Tours will be confirmed as soon as we have enough reservations. No credit cards will be charged until a tour is confirmed, and you’ll receive an email notifying you when it is confirmed.
Q. What wineries are we going to?
Barrel Wine Tours partners with over thirty different wineries. Winemakers’ availability changes from week to week so we can’t identify which wineries a tour will visit ahead of time – but hey, that’s half of the fun! What we can guarantee is that all of our winery partners have been vetted by our staff – we go out and taste their wines regularly and make sure that our guests will have the most authentic experience possible. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!
Q. Are tasting fees included?
A. Yes. Barrel Wine Tours are all inclusive. This includes all touring and tasting fees, transportation, barrel samples, meet and greets with winemakers, a knowledgeable industry guide and a multi-course wine paired meal.
Q. What do you mean by “meal”?
A. Covington Cellars has a resident chef who creates delicious new dishes every week. Lunch or Dinner for Barrel Wine Tour guests includes three to four courses (three for lunch, four for dinner). Each course is paired with a different wine most of which have received high scores from critics like Wine Spectator. The menu is chef’s choice and changes often for seasonality. Here is a lunch menu from a recent tour:
Housemade Crostini with a Trio of Spreads
Herb Rubbed Chicken Breast with Roasted Root Vegetables & Balsamic Cream
2009 Prima (A Super Tuscan Style Blend)
Chocolate Creme Brulee
After Lunch Splash
2009 Cabernet Franc
Q. Can the chef accommodate my food allergies?
A. Absolutely. Substitutions for most food allergies can be accommodated for no additional charge – just be sure to include that information where requested in the online reservation system.
Q. I consider myself to be fairly wine savvy. I want to go Seattle wine tasting but I don’t want to go on a touristy, novice wine tour. Is Barrel Wine Tours right for me?
A. Yes. Because Barrel Wine Tours is a Co-Op of quality Washington wineries, and not a tourism company, you are always sure to experience only high quality Washington wine on our tours. Our guides vet each winery partner for wine quality and experience before they are featured on our tours.
Q. I still have more questions, what do I do?
Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 425.273.5156. We’re happy to answer any questions you have.