Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Women Who Wine: Road Trip to Walla Walla

When Gail Garvie of Women Who Wine in the Tri-City area invited me on one of their road trips, of course I was ready to go!

I first became acquainted with this group, of course online. The Women Who Wine blog shares with their readers all of the fun tours and parties this active group enjoys from: art, food, road trips, chattering, and of course sipping great wines. And they go beyond the social aspects of wine, as a few of them have now become semi-winemakers with a little bit of help from their winery friends.

This fun day included a stop at Don Carlo Vineyard, Petit Noirs Chocolates, Va Piano Winery, Balboa Winery, Long Shadows Vintners and we even made a last minute detour to Saviah Cellars! So what did I learn? I learned that no matter where a "wild wine woman" comes from we all have many things in common: lots of laughter, chatter, we eat well and drink well and of course, - - shop well.

I also learned that Tim's Cascade Chips warmed up and sprinkled with parmesan cheese goes great with Don Carlo Vineyard Chardonnay. Together we learned that the only time to be happy with a larger shoe size is when it is made out of solid Petit Noirs Chocolate. I learned at Va Piano that their Bruno's White (Sauvignon Blanc) can give you a sunny disposition even on a wet rainy day. Something I had just learned was that Balboa Winery changed from screw caps to corks. Also, many thanks to Tom and Matt for their hospitality at Balboa Winery for setting up tables inside of their winery so we could have a dry picnic instead of a damp one.

We learned that Rich Funk at Saviah Cellars is prepared for anything even when two car loads full of women drop in on him unannounced yelling for Malbec. And last, but not least we learned at Long Shadows they had some new and very different styles of Rieslings soon to be released. Gilles and Denise were charming hosts, as always. Cheers!

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a woman who is said...

Hey Catie,
Just now reading your post on W.W.W. It was so great getting to meet you and having you as our tour guide. Loved the stop to Saviah's. Can't wait to share that Malbec with my DH.

I will have to check out your posts on the wine blogging convention. Hope we get to catch up with you again sometime soon!

Are you coming to our release party in August?

Catie said...

Hey Cindy, Thanks for stopping by. I am hoping to see all of you again soon. Hopefully, I am going to make it to the release party. It sounds like great fun. Many thanks for including me in your events. Cheers, C~