Friday, December 02, 2011

Walla Walla Holiday Barrel Tasting and Wine Taste & Tote

The forecast for the weekend of our holiday barrel tasting looks like sunny skies ahead, however temperatures will be "nippleus erectus" (that's Latin for "cold"). So, be sure to dress warm and comfy. However, not too comfy if you are thinking about wearing one of those new flannel onesie "Forever Lazy" pajama suits as seen on infomercials.

This time of the year the Blue Mountains and downtown Walla Walla are always so holiday card perfect and the vines in the valley are getting ready for a long winter's nap. Winemakers have picked the perfect barrels to introduce their future nectar to wine lovers of all levels - from the novice to the aficionado. Every winery will show off the best of their wines, as well as something that will capture all five of the senses.

There will be everything from small bites of cheese, tamales, and bizcochitos to large bites of cheese, stew and even a chocolate fountain! Holiday lights, art and Christmas movies. Music, horse and buggy rides, and even a Macy's Christmas parade. New York City has nothing on us.

Now, here is the time where I lecture you all about the care and feeding of the wine tasting tourist. Skip the granola. Go for major biscuits and gravy. Your stomach will need something to soak up the wine. Think about packing some snacks in the car and most important, water-water-water. Hydrate-hydrate-hydrate! And remember to apply Robert Fulghum’s, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten:

Share everything, play fair, don’t hit people, say you are sorry when you hurt people, wash your hands before you eat, flush, hold hands and stick together, cookies and milk are good for you

Okay, so you can trade out the cookies and milk for cheese, crackers and red wine are good for you. Also, give your palate a break. Don't try to pack in 13 wineries and all of their wines in one day. Spread it out, slow down your pace and enjoy. You can come back to visit us again, right?

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Now for what's new and oh so exciting for our wine tourists: Starting December 1 (yesterday), Alaska Airlines and the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance announced the launch of Walla Walla Wine Taste and Tote. This is a one of a kind program that provides waived tasting fees at over 70 wineries in the Walla Walla Valley - - and - - no check-in fee for the first case of wine (if properly packed in shipping cases) that accompanies any Walla Walla outbound Alaska Airlines passenger.

What does this mean? It means you will no longer have to leave behind all of your dirty underwear in the hotel room, forsake your favorite pair of Jimmy Choo heels, or wear three sets of clothing on the plane just so you can stuff all of your treasured bottles of Walla Walla wine into your check-in luggage.

For more information, check out the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance website (see above) and many thanks to them for all of their hard work.

Enjoy the weekend in Walla Walla and all of the wonderful things it has to offer and most of all - - be safe.

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