2020 Washington State Press Trip
Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival & Tour
23–25 July 2020

Bellingham Wine Festival ballroom participants

The 2020 Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival Media Tour is organized in partnership with the Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation and Bellingham Whatcom Tourism. The tour is designed to promote the Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival and tourism in Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham.

Each of the three selected journalists will experience Bellingham, Washington and the surrounding Whatcom County for abundant nature, outdoor adventure and sweeping scenery from the Salish Sea to Mt. Baker and North Cascades National Park. They will savor farm-to-table menus, craft and whiskey brews, a sunset cruise, private wine and cheese tastings, and a vibrant farmers market. Holiday Inn Express and the Four Points Sheraton provide the accommodations.


Thursday 23 July

1:00 Check-in
Holiday Inn Express (late check out on Thursday)
4160 Meridian Street, Bellingham

2:00 Snacks—Whiskey and Canapes
9 Restaurant at North Bellingham Golf Course
205 West Smith Road, Bellingham 
Nick Moss, Executive Chef

3:30 Tour
Bellewood Farms
6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden 

5:00 Dinner
Cosmos Bistro
1151 N State Street, Bellingham
Cinnamon Berg, Executive Chef/Owner

After Dinner
Bellingham Bay Sunset Cruise
San Juan Cruises “unWINEd on the Bay"

Wine tasting cruise guests on bow of Victoria Star

Friday 24 July

8:00 Breakfast
To be announced

9:30 Cheese Tasting

11:00 Lunch
Leader Block Wine Co. & Eatery
2026 Main Street, Ferndale
Amberleigh Brownson

Whatcom Beer Wine Foundation logo

1:30 Winery Visit and Private Tasting

  • Dynasty Cellars
    2169 East Bakerview Road, Bellingham
    Peter Osvaldik, Owner/Winemaker

  • Vartanyan Winery
    1628 Huntley Road, Bellingham
    Margarita Vartanyan, Owner/Winemaker

3:00 Check-out Holiday Inn Express / Check-in Four Points by Sheraton
Four Points by Sheraton
714 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham

6:00 Five Course Wine Dinner
Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar
21 Bellwether Way Suite 112, Bellingham

  2019 Media Dinner  

Saturday 25 July 

8:00 Breakfast
Magdalena's Bistro and Crêperie
1200 10th Street #103, Bellingham
Magdalena Owner / Chef

9:30 Walking Tour
Fairhaven Walking Tour

11:00 Market Stroll
Bellingham Farmers Market
1100 Railroad Ave, Bellingham

Bellingham Farmers Market visitors shopping

12:30 Lunch
Culture Café at Kombucha Town
210 East Chestnut Street, Bellingham

2:00 Guided Tour
Whatcom Falls Park 
New tour company Earth Elements

4:00 Relax–Refresh
Return to Four Points by Sheraton
Relax before the Bellingham NW Wine Festival Grand Public Tasting.

Bellingham NW Wine Festival Logo


Four Points by Sheraton
710 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham

  • 6:00 V.I.P and Media entry
    Grand Public Tasting in Ballroom and the Hydration Lounge in the San Juan Room

  • 6:45 V.I.P., Trade Ambassador and Media Pass entry
    V.I.P Lounge in the Terrace Room
  • 7:00 General Admission
    Grand Ballroom and Hydration Lounge

  • 8:00 Awards
    Medal winning wines announced and medal distribution 

2019 Bellingham NW Wine Festival Best of Show Trophy

Sunday, July 26

Checkout and return home on your own.

Transportation to and from the event is not provided.

Requirements to apply:

To apply, you must be a Regular member and your dues must be current. Your profile must be up-to-date including a minimum of one 2018 article, four 2019 articles, and one 2020 article. The host prefers social media postings everyday, but exceptions can be made for this trip if social media is not part of what you can offer—just make a note on your application.

Deadline to apply: March 12, 2020 

Registration Closed

IFWTWA vets all applications prior to submittal to the Host. Vetting includes verification of member's association status and member profile. Dues must be current at the time of application and during the time the media trip will take place.