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Time to celebrate our local wines

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March is Washington Wine Month and this week is Wenatchee Wine Week.

Big deal, huh? We have yet another excuse to drink more wine — as if we need one.

Actually, I haven't seen any extraordinary encouragement for that endeavor. Several local restaurants have had tastings and dinners featuring local wines, but nothing that I've noticed too different from other weeks. Some local tasting rooms are starting to wake from their winter naps. The Wine Thief seems to always have an interesting tasting or dinner going on.

Washington State liquor stores would discount all Washington wines in March, but those days went the way of state liquor control. Some stores do have Washington wines on sale, however.

There is one event planned this weekend that does promise to be fun while showing off several local wines.

The Shamrock Wine Walk, from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, is an opportunity to sample sips of many wines from many local wineries while visiting several downtown Wenatchee shops. Each business will have a tasting table for different wines and appetizers.

Purchase tickets for tokens and a wine glass at Pak-it-Rite, 126 N. Wenatchee Ave., and start the tour. Tickets are $25 a couple (15 tokens) or $15 each (8 tokens).

Whether you get out this week for any events or not, this is a great month to find out just how good and nicely priced Washington wines are — North Central Washington wines included.

Wine buffs around the world are just starting to learn and acknowledge how good we have it here. If you haven't heard, California wineries are starting to buy up local vineyards. Several Washington wineries have European connections.

We really do have something celebrate, and it doesn't require a special week or month to give us reason to enjoy our locally produced wines throughout the year. At least that's what I think.