What Does a Texas Magazine Have to Say About Woodinville?

D Magazine's SideDish section calls Woodinville "somewhat kitschy."

Dallas does Woodinville?

It does now.

D Magazine's SideDish section today is touting Woodinville as a great place to visit to try wine and get out of the Dallas, TX, heat. 

From the article by a reporter who (freely) admits she visited Woodinvile as a guest of :

"If you haven’t been watching what is going on in Washington State lately, you are missing out. These Woodinville wineries are impressive, many sourcing fruit from the prized, mineral rich Walla Walla soil, to make hearty reds like Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon."

Although she understandably waxes on about Chateau Ste. Michelle, the reporter also said she visited and Delille Cellars and later tried wines from , and .

Of Woodinville, she said:

"This is a town designed for tourists, and though somewhat kitschy, I appreciated the layout of the comfortable town."

She finished the article by calling Woodinville "a serene part of the country" and encouraged Texans to visit on a cool summer weekend. 

What do you think about her review of Woodinville? Spot on? Way off? Are you pleased about a writeup such as this potentially bringing more tourism to the area? Tell us in comments.

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Alice Pennington September 08, 2012 at 06:01 PM
somewhat kitschy! Hmmm I don't think I would have printed an article written by this woman. Why did you?
Ronald Long September 08, 2012 at 06:24 PM
well - the "Powers that be" do seem to be heading in the direction of the Leavenworth-ization of Woodinville. I think there's merit to the critique.
William Root September 09, 2012 at 12:27 AM
I don't believe the author understands the definition of the word 'kitsch.' Without being the least bit defensive, there is nothing kitschy about Woodinville. (I live in Bothell).
Scott Garside September 10, 2012 at 06:24 AM
Downtown Snohomish and the Antiques District is 'kitschy'. Woodiville is, well Woodinville is still trying to figure out what we want to be. A 'Napa of the Northwest' should include new hotels and restaurants, integrated with the farmland that defines our valley. These two initiatives are mutually beneficial and can create a unique destination for agri-, vini-, eco-, foodie and entertainment tourism. This can be managed if parties engage in reasonable dialog and cool heads prevail. And please replace the "Tourist District" lamp post banners. Could anything more explicitly say "Hold on to your wallets, we're here to fleece you"? This slogan diminishes us all; residents and visitors alike.


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