Wine comes to Waterville Fair
Blog: Winemaker's Journal
August 11, 2010
Care for a glass of chardonnay to top off your day of viewing hogs, chickens and wild west rodeo?
You may be able to sample some Waterville Plateau vinted wine at this year's North Central District Fair in Waterville. Waterville Winery, which bills itself as Washington's smallest commercial winery, will be offering samples of its chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and riesling during the fair, Aug. 26-29.
Fair manager Larry Nelson said the winery's booth will be more of an educational display than a wine garden.
"We wanted something to highlight the wine industry. It's become a big part of our agriculture and we really haven't had anything about it at our fair," Nelson said.
The fair board is still working with the state liquor control board to figure out how the wines can be offered. He said he'd like the winery to be able to sell a four-ounce glass rather than just a taste.
"I know a lot of other fairs do a lot of things, but we're always 20 years behind. We're pretty conservative up here," he said. A beer and wine garden like some larger fairs have, really doesn't fit in with the type of family event the Waterville fair wants to offer, he added.
If this year's experiment works out, the board may look at adding more wineries or wine competitions in the future, he said.
"I think this will be a good place to start," he said.
Alex Saliby, who's directing wine events for the Chelan County Fair, says there will be some great wine offerings at this year's fair in Cashmere, too. I'll write more about that Thursday.