Frequent readers of this blog know that visiting wineries is one of my favorite Value Luxury activities. The types of wine that a region serves give insight into the topography and geology of an area, in a more enticing way than than lecture. Plus on site visits allow you to pick up a few bottles for your cellar that you might not find elsewhere.
I’m embarrassed to admit that while I’ve been to Napa four times this year and even took a trip down to the Willamette Valley to taste pinot, I have yet to delve into Washington’s wine scene. While some of the more serious wineries are over the Cascades in Yakima, Seattle visitors can make things easy for themselves and take a trip to nearby Woodinville – a town with more than 100 tasting rooms and wineries – instead.
Of course, you have to think about a designated driver on a trip like this. That’s why through the annual Passports with Purpose travel blogger fundraiser, I’m giving away a half-day Woodinville Wine Trail Escape for two, thanks to EverGreen Escapes.
The 5 1/2 hour trip picks you up in Seattle (in a bio-diesel Mercedes van, no less) and takes you up to Woodinville, stopping at four award-winning wineries. Along the way you’ll be snacking on local meats and cheeses. It’s a $250 value (note: the prize expires Dec. 31, 2013 and is not valid June 15 through Sept. 15).
Want to enter? Here’s how: Starting today, the Passports with Purpose website will list of all the prizes that different bloggers are offering. Until December 11, you can donate $10 for the prize of your choice (you can bid in multiples of $10 if you want to increase your chances for one prize, or bid $10 more than once for several prizes). If you win, you’ll be notified on Dec. 18.
And besides having the chance to win cool stuff, you’re also doing good. This year, Passports with Purpose – led by Seattle bloggers Beth Whitman of Wanderlust and Lipstick, Michelle Duffy of Wandermom and Pam Mandel of Nerds Eye View – is looking to raise $100,000 to build five wells for poor communities in Haiti.
Passports with Purpose (#pwp on Twitter) doesn’t work alone. This year, their partner is Water.org, and all the money you bid goes directly to the charity.
This will be the third year that I’ve participated in Passports with Purpose. I do it because underneath the glitz and glamour of travel, I sincerely believe that seeing the world makes you a more compassionate world citizen. I know that I am privileged to lead the life that I do, and I feel strongly in using that position to give back.