Between the Chehalis Valley Wine Tour, historic brew pubs and various farmers markets, Lewis County offers tourist many ways to eat, drink and be merry.
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Eight wineries around Lewis County participate in the bi-annual Chehalis Valley Wine Tour. This year the wine tour is May 4 and 5. Presale tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the wineries or at the door $20. The wine tour will also run the last weekend in September.
Here is a sampling from the wineries that will be in the tour and are also open for business throughout the year in Lewis County.
Where: 105 Agate Creek Lane, Chehalis
Tastings: Every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m
Agate Creek Cellars, which opened in May 2011, specializes in “big reds”, which include Cabernet Sauvignon and Barbera. Their marionberry fruit wine is also popular.
Where: 288 Jackson Hwy S., Toledo
Tastings: By appointment, May through October noon to 5 p.m.
Bateaux Cellars focuses on the heratage of the area. Bateaux is the name for flatbottom cannons used by fur traders to discover the Pacific Northwest. The cellars is known for their traditional wine blends, including the Voyageur Bordeaux Blend made from Yakima Valley grapes.
Where: 921 Middle Fork Road #A, Onalaska
Tastings: By Appointment
Birchfield Winery, which started in 1993, specializes in oak barrel aged full body red wine, which includes merlot, cabernet franc and Syrah.
Where: 212 N. Tower Ave.,
Tastings: Monday through Thursday 11a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Heyman Winery is known for their award-winning cranberry and apricot wines.
Scatter Creek Winery
Where: 3442 180th Ave. SW, Tenino
Tastings: Varies by appointment over two weeks each month
Scatter Creek Winery is known for their soft white wines, bold red wines and fine dessert wines.
Where: Brim Road, Onalaska
Tastings: By appointment
Weatherwax Cellars is a family-owned winery on a Christmas Tree farm in Onalaska.
Where: 140 Eschaton Road, Onalaska
Tastings: Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Well’s Winery is known for using only naturally grown fruit and berries from the Northwest and raw organic sugar.
Widgeon Hill Winery
Where: 121 Widgeon Hill Road, Chehalis
Tastings: By appointment
Widgeon Hill’s favorite wines are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah and Chenin Blanc. The reds are aged in French, American and Hungarian oak.
Northwest Sausage & Deli
Where: 5945 Prather Road SW, Centralia
Hours: Monday, Tuesday Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9:30 to 5 p.m.
The deli is the main retail outlet for Dick’s Brewing Company (which is open on 3516 Galvin Road in Centralia Friday and the third Saturday of the month from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.). The deli has 11 Dick’s Beers on tap, including the most popular Danger Ale.
Where: 112 N. Tower Ave., Centralia
Hours: Sunday–Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., Breakfast served: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Olympic Club serves McMenamins Ales on draft, which includes Hammerhead, an intense hopped blend and Ruby, a raspberry ale.
Ezra Cox Distillery
Where: 719 N. Tower Ave. Centralia
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
Ezra Cox Distillery offers visitors a look inside the distillery process. The business recently rolled out its signature Ezra Cox Moonshine, which is available for purchase along with other merchandise at the downtown Centralia tasting room.
Community Farmers Market (Chehalis)
Where: Boistfort Avenue, Downtown Chehalis
When: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 11 – October 29
More Info: www.communityfarmersmarket.net
Contact: Jackie Rose, 360-870-5824
The Historic Lewis County Farmers Market (Centralia)
Where: Corner of N. Pearl and Maple (across from The Chronicle)
When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., May 3 through Sept. 27
More Info: www.lewiscountyfarmersmarket.org
Contact: Derrill Outland, 360-736-8977
Tenino Farmers Market
Where: 301 Old Hwy. 99 N., Tenino Elementary School
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., June 1 through Sept. 28
More info: www.teninofarmersmarket.org
Winlock Farmers Market
Where: Winlock Events Plaza on Kerron St., Winlock
When: Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., April through October
Contact: Jeanie Emmeneger, 360-785-4817