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Winemaker's Journal — Jan Lutz leaves Wenatchee Wine Country

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Jan Lutz has resigned as executive director of Wenatchee Wine Country after five years promoting local wineries and putting Wenatchee on the map as a wine destination.

Lutz said she has no specific plans but wants to spend more time with her family, travel with her husband Steve and offer more care for her parents who live in Arizona.

"I have nothing but high praise for the Wenatchee Wine Country board of directors  and their hard work to make Wenatchee a wine destination," she said. "I'm very proud of the wineries here. They're getting awards from all over the country."

Wenatchee Wine Country is made up of 15 wineries and one apple cidery located in the Wenatchee Valley, Quincy, Cashmere and Leavenworth.

The organization has a small budget for promotions, so Lutz was paid mainly in wine, she said.

"But it was very good wine. Unfortunately, my husband drank most of my wages," she said with a laugh.

Lutz said she will continue to attend wine events, but won't mind the not having the stress of organizing them.

Next week, March 17 to 22, however, is Wenatchee Wine Week. Lutz in her farewell tasks helped organize events each day Monday through Saturday. She'll be at Pybus Market from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, pouring wines for 12 local wineries. That sounds like a fitting event for those who want to congratulate her on life's next phase.

"The glass in my life is always half full and I'm ready for a new adventure," she wrote on her Facebook farewell.

Check out www.wenatcheewines.com for more information about Wenatchee Wine Week.