Monday, December 8, 2008

Lovely wines!

In the interest of supporting local, independent businesses -- not too surprisingly a passion of mine -- I spent last weekend in Walla Walla with some friends, visiting with my family and partaking of the annual Walla Walla Holiday Barrel Tasting event. That's me and my folks (Joan and Bob) in the photo on the bottom and me and my sister (Stacy) and friend Sherry in the middle photo -- aren't we well color-coordinated? Walla Walla has an amazing number of wonderful wineries -- more than 100 at last count -- so it's hard to narrow down a list of favorites, but here are some that stand out in my mind: Cougar Crest, Bergevin Lane, Seven Hills (one of the first five WW wineries!), Rulo, and Syzygy. These wineries stand out both for the quality of their wines and for the enjoyableness of their people. One of the best parts of the Barrel Tasting weekend is discovering new wineries, and we did just that! We discovered Otis Kenyon wines -- great wine (especially yummy cabernet sauvignon!), great label, and great story (stop by the store and I'll share it with you -- the story, not the wine). Aren't we lucky to live in the Northwest, with such top-notch wineries in both Oregon and Washington?! (Sally)

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