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Taste Washington: Wining and Dining in the Northwest

Thursday, June 10, 2010by  WALLY Team

The sound of glasses toasting, the smell of exquisite local cuisine wafting through the air, and the taste of hundreds of varieties of the best wine our region has to offer were all a part of the experience last Sunday at Taste Washington in Spokane.

Regular people became walking NW Profiles as they made their way through Taste Washington, sampling many different wines and turning into 'Walla Walla Wine Wine Women Women' (and Men Men). The popular event was held at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, squeezing at least 25 local restaurants, 100 Washington wineries and over 500 ticketholders into the fabulous hotel's main ballrooms.

While hundreds of people were sampling, tasting and mingling, we were pretty busy at the PEMCO booth creating and designing wine charms for all the guests. As people stopped by our booth they were able to choose beads and charms to adorn and distinguish their glasses. These unique wine charms proved to be quite the hit, considering everyone was given the same wine glass at the door and confusing them with someone else's was almost inevitable. 

Cheryl and husband, owners of Skylite Cellars, holding wine 

The Davenport was an excellent setting for a fantastic evening of wine sampling.

When we were crafting away, Cheryl stopped by our booth, and while designing her own charms we got to talking. Cheryl and her husband are the owners of Skylite Cellars in Walla Walla and have been in the business now for over 10 years. Cheryl told us that she loves the wine industry and is finally doing what she is most passionate about. Talk about the definition of a 'Walla Walla Wine Wine Woman Woman!' 

I also had the pleasure of speaking with Cynthia, the executive director of Woodinville Wine Country, which contains over 60 wineries itself. This non-profit which was founded in 2002, aims to create fine wines, but also to educate the community and drive tourism in the area. Having moved from California, Cynthia said she has found everything she was looking for and more in Washington. 'I have a wonderful family, and a great career that keeps me extremely busy, allows me to love what I do, and sends me to wonderful events such as Taste Washington in Spokane,' she explained.

Cynthia, executive director of Woodinville Wine Country, standing by bottles of wine 

Cynthia shows off what Woodinville Wine Country has to offer.

Though the event flew by fast, I am certain that its effects will last. It seemed as if almost every attendant left the Davenport Sunday night with names and numbers of local wineries, full bellies, and of course, PEMCO wine charms. 

We certainly do live the 'charmed' life so we'll see you again this Thursday as the Sounders square-off against D.C. United.

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