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Flotsam: A Plethora of Activities as Summer Winds Down

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Our local wineries, with all their events right now, are keeping busy this summer keeping us busy. The Leavenworth Wine Festival at Smallwood's Harvest was filled with people wandering around in 100' heat tasting wine and eating delicious small plates of food. Most were dressed appropriately for the heat in loose clothing and wearing hats. Having been part of that time, I love the retro California 1960-70's look of long dresses with skimpy tops.

My favorite drink of the day was lots of cold water. For me, it was too hot to drink wine. Isn't that sad! I did taste Crayelle Cellars' Dry Riesling, as it was that kind of day. Summer special at the Cashmere tasting room is 2 for $25, a really good price for an excellent wine in this area. I can hardly wait for their new Southern Rhone blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre to be released. I may have mentioned previously - several times - of my love for this blend.

Pasek Cellars, Willow Crest, and Icicle Brewing could hardly keep up with the requests for their wines and the beer. We met numerous lovers of Silvara's Red Blend and Pinot Grigio, too.

Later, in town at the Ryan Patrick tasting room, visitors were drinking and buy mostly Riesling and Rose' and talking about the Festival which they had attended. And speaking of RPV, Tuesday the tasting room received a shipment of the new Red Head Red. This smooth red blend, somewhat reminiscent of a Southern Rhone, joins Ryan's Riesling and Naked Chardonnay as the third wine in the new trio of wines priced at $10. Right now, the Naked has a special of 25% off a case.

In the immediate future is the NCW Wine Awards on Saturday the 25th. Four more days to get your tickets. Kuykendall Hall is a wonderful spacious venue; we have new non-logo Riedel souvenir glasses, and lots of good, complementary foods to accompany the wines. Gingko Forest will be there with their Southern Rhone blends. Did I mention how good that blend is? And CR Sandidge wines will be there. How often do you get to taste those, some of WA's very best wines?

Coming up also on this weekend is a wine and sheep's milk cheese tasting at Snowgrass, Alan Moen's winery in Entiat. It will feature cheeses from three noted local cheese makers: Alpine Lakes Cheese (Leavenworth) Larkhaven Farmstead (Tonasket) and Black Sheep Creamery (Chehalis). There will be some folk music, too, and the hours are noon-5. Admission for the tasting is $5. All the cheeses and their wines will be available for purchase as well.

And, for your edification, "Wine drinkers drink corked wine." It isn't about what you might think.

Enjoy the cooler weather, and join me in hoping it lasts.


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