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Hiking around Walla Walla


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Earlier this year, we had a couple visiting from Seattle area who were keen to go hiking. Now, my husband and I have both lived in areas where one of the primary recreational activities is hiking — Edward in Vermont and the both of us in Vancouver, Bellingham and southern Arizona. However, since moving to wheat and wine country, we don’t meet many died-in-the-wool hikers, so the question of where to go rattled me a bit. Fortunately, I found this great article (linked) with […]

Stay & Play Winemaker with a Northstar Blending Experience


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We are pleased to offer our guests a special package rate for a two-night stay at Girasol Vineyard & Inn, gourmet breakfasts and a welcome wine & cheese tray plus a Northstar Blending session for two people. (sales tax not included) Weekdays (In season) & Off Season Weekends (12/09/13 – 03/31/14): $530 (tax not included). Package includes two-night stay, gourmet breakfasts, welcome cheese tray on arrival and two Northstar blending experiences reservations. Special Events dates excl. Weekends (In Season): (04/01/14 – […]

Stay & Play Winemaker at Northstar Blending Experience


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Stay & Play Winemaker at Northstar Blending Experience   We are pleased to offer our guests a special package rate for a two night stay at Girasol Vineyard & Inn, gourmet breakfast and a welcome wine & cheese tray plus a Northstar Blending session for two people. (sales tax not included) Off Season/Mid-Week: (November 16- March 30) Weekends In Season (April 1 – November 15)   The Northstar Blending Experience is a unique, hands-on opportunity for our guests to immerse themselves […]

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Crush Update 2013


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October 6, 2013 Greetings from Walla Walla Wine Country! The very hot summer accelerated growth in our vineyard and many wineries have already picked their grapes. Below is a photo that I took in mid-September at Pepper Bridge Vineyard. Wow! This is the earliest that I can remember in my nine summers in this valley. What worked so splendidly for the grapes wasn’t so good for my tomatoes. Normally, we would have been swimming in gorgeous, ripe heirloom tomatoes by […]

Hot Days of Summer in Wine Country


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Summer is great in Walla Walla’s wine country! Days are hot, nights cool down 25-30 degrees. As the wheat changes to gold, the wine grapes are quietly building sugar and just starting to change color. Grape harvest typically doesn’t start until late September or early October throughout the valley. However Crush starts right after Labor Day as our wineries start beginning in fruit from the other AVAs.      

Mind-blowing events are coming to Walla Walla!


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While Walla Walla is known for great wineries and terrific restaurants, this spring kicks off a new dimension to the list of reasons why you should be here. Music and live performances abound. On April 12, Charles Smith Wines presents Ciudades Northwest Flamenco Tour w/Savannah Fuentes, Jesus Montoya, and Pedro Cortes in his downtown Spokane Street Tasting room. Then, on Saturday May 4, Sleight of Hand Winery presents world-renowned mentalist-magician Professor Phelyx and international circus star Tanya Burka at the Gesa Power House Theatre […]

Encaustic Art Workshop in Walla Walla


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(three nights/two days) March 28-March 31, 2013 Join Encaustic Artist Colleen Monette in Walla Walla for a weekend of wax and wine. Arrive Thursday late afternoon and check in your B&B. Thursday night is open to you to explore Walla Walla’s downtown with terrific restaurants and wine bars. Friday morning, meet at the workshop venue for a full day of encaustic art instruction by accomplished designer and artist, Colleen Monette. The day-long encaustic class starts with a brief history of […]

Crush winds down, time to celebrate!


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Now that Crush 2012 is in barrels, it’s time to celebrate the harvest’s bounty. Be sure to check out downtown Walla Walla’s festive glow and great events happening all through December. For a list of Holiday events, visit wallawalla.org

Crush is almost here


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These hot days in August signal the last few weeks of relative freedom for winemakers now that the first signs of veraison were been spotted on August 3 at Windrow Vineyard, home of Tero Estates. In theory, harvest could begin as early as mid-September. However, typically, Walla Walla is usually late to harvest, anywhere from late September into the middle of October. As the winemakers wait, they inspect equipment,take delivery of new oak barrels and they are making more frequent […]

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Wine Country Walla Walla


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Walla Walla is truly a special place. This part of the country was given the sun, 300 days or so,  and the land, rich and fertile; both attributes that make living here wonderful. In addition, we have inherited an infrastructure of a vibrant downtown core and wonderful, tree-lined streets and parks that grace neighborhoods of stately Victorians and later-period Craftsmen homes throughout downtown and Whitman College. After Kyle Mussman completed the renovation of the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel in 1999, […]