2013: Eat, Drink and Be Merry in Lewis County

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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93a6ba2c-675a-11df-b38e-001cc4c03286.imageEight 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.


Agate CreekCellars

Where: 105 Agate Creek Lane, Chehalis

Contact: 360-740-1692

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.


Bateaux Cellars

Where: 288 Jackson Hwy S., Toledo

Contact: 360-607-0774

Website: bateauxcellars.com

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.


Birchfield Winery

Where: 921 Middle Fork Road #A, Onalaska

Contact: 360-864-5500

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.


Heymann Whinery

Where: 212 N. Tower Ave.,

Contact: 360-623-1106

Website: heymannwhinery.com

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

Contact: 360-273-8793

Website: scattercreekwinery.com

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.


Weatherwax Cellars

Where: Brim Road, Onalaska

Contact: 360-736-7027

Tastings: By appointment

Weatherwax Cellars is a family-owned winery on a Christmas Tree farm in Onalaska.


Well’s Winery

Where: 140 Eschaton Road, Onalaska

Contact: 360-978-6254

Website: wellswinery.com

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

Contact: 360-520-2919

Website: widgeonhill.com

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.


Brew Pubs

O'Blarney's Prepares to OpenThose looking for a unique atmosphere to drink a locally-made microbrew can find it in Lewis County at Northwest Sausage and Deli or the McMenamins Olympic Club.


Northwest Sausage & Deli

Where: 5945 Prather Road SW, Centralia

Contact: 360-736-7760

Website: dicksbeer.com

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.


Olympic Club

Where: 112 N. Tower Ave., Centralia

Contact: 360-736-5164

Website: mcmenamins.com

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

Contact: 360-736-1033

Website: www.facebook.com/ezracoxdistillery.centraliawa

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.


Farmers Markets

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

Contact:  market@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


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