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Floating around among the trivia in my thoughts today I came across some bits I thought worth sharing:

Ryan Patrick Vineyards has created companions for their Leprechaun labeled Naked Chardonnay. In the tasting room is a very drinkable, fragrant and slightly sweet Riesling. My favorite is the new Red Head Red, not in the tasting room, but soon to be available in stores. Right now, Dan's Market has it on the shelf at $8.99. All three of these wines are under $10 each.

Silvara Vineyards, in its beautiful setting surrounded by flowers and a cooling expanse of green lawn, has several recent additions. The new Riesling, definitely a sit-up-and-take-notice wine, is delightfully expressive of flowers and fruit, and loves food. The new Gamache vineyards Syrah and the Red Blend also deserve attention; nothing wimpy here! And what a great place for a picnic, under a red umbrella on the hilltop.

37 Cellars has finished bottling new Cab, Merlot and Chardonnay which haven't yet been released. The Cab is a knock-me-over wine with a haunting finish, and I can't wait until it gets a little age on it. Merlot isn't ready for tasting yet. The new Chard is unoaked: fruity, lively, crisp and food friendly. Nothing die-away about it, either; it loved the spicy Thai dinner I prepared that evening. If you go up for a tasting - call for appointment 548-8663 - perhaps Chuck will treat you to Aragon Mill. I love "kleenex songs."

In case you shop at Fred Meyer in E. Wenatchee, you have probably seen and used their plastic bags for vegetables. They have a handle on the top, and when empty, make great trash bags for your car, and are reusable unless your trash is really messy. Do you know that the law requires you to have a trash bag in your car? I heard that from a deputy one time in the past.

In Wenatchee, the Artisan bakery in Mikes' Meats sells a sort of ciabatta roll which, when split and toasted, makes a great base for a heap of Cashmere's Country Boy's BBQ pulled pork. Talk about an easy and quick dinner. Whip up some slaw, open a Zinfandel, or a Hard Row Primitivo, or a Grenache blend and you're set for the evening.

Recently I came up with a new chocolate raspberry treat for Wedge Mountain's Roses and Rubies raspberry dessert wine. I'll post it one of these days.

Busy weekend: come see us at Silvara Vineyards today 1-5. Tomorrow will be even more exciting: garage cleaning day. Feel free to come up and share the fun!

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