Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sunlit Vineyard Tours, Barrel Room Edibles and Stevie Nicks Make for an Eclectic Saturday Excursion in Walla Walla Wine Country

Pardon the pun, but there's nothing quite like the smell of vineyard in the morning. Walla Walla Wine Country offers expansive, rolling hills and row upon row of vines tended with the utmost care and attention.
The night before, we had been treated to an evening of seminars, speed dating..I mean rapid wine tasting, dinner and a walking tour of some 22-odd downtown tasting rooms. These merchants were a wonderful bunch and treated us to some stellar pours.
The next morning we hopped on buses, happy and exhausted, and headed to a magical mystery tour of wineries unknown...
First stop was Woodward Canyon Estates Vineyard, where we sampled a smooth, slightly-oaked Chard and a velvety Estate Barbera while wandering through the vines.
Next on the agenda...Beresan Winery, where a plethora of flavor profiles awaited.
Beresan collaborates with vine master Tom Glase and his Balboa label. Glase turns out some impressive bottlings, like 'Mith,' a medium-bodied blend of Cab and Syrah:

Our group was treated to a delicious lunch in the Whitman Cellars barrel room, our aromatic North-African spiced chicken sandwiches and tarragon-laced salads paired with some exquisite Sangiovese and formidable Cab Franc.
Somehow...as delicious cookies and brownies arrived at our table...the Stevie Nicks in me was coaxed out by our charming bus driver, Rhonda:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1suRXMZOyGs

Next, I'll take you inside the frenetic world of speed tasting...a lot like speed dating, but with wine...and lots of it.

Oh, and check it out, folks! Seems Vino Chick didn't go unnoticed during her stay in Walla Walla:
http://union-bulletin.com/stories/2010/06/28/ww-leaves-good-taste-in-bloggers-mouths

Special thanks to Robert Whitley at http://www.winereviewonline.com/.

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