Thursday, December 9, 2010

2011 Events

January 10 from 11 to 3. Bring a Spanish Tapas, a bottle of Spanish Wine (white or red and wrapped in foil) and your own wine glass (or 2) to paint. We'll have a very loose, informal aroma class with our favorite Wine Woman, Carol. Bring a notepad to take notes.
Lisa Days house in W. Richland. 2 spaces left.

January 15. Kestrel Barrel Room ( behind the tasting room), Prosser. Blending party with John Gabriel at 1:30pm. This will be limited to those that have already pre-paid for their cases.
4 cases left.
FEB. 12~ Bottling @ 1:30 in the Kestrel Barrel room.

February 10 ~ Sandi Whistler is hosting this event in her home in W. Richland. Red wine and chocolate theme (or anything pertaining to Valentine's Day)

February 15 & 17 Mosaic Class at Lisa Day's. Must sign up ahead of time. More details to come.

March 8, Barnard Griffin Tasting, 11am, Richland. No charge, but please purchase some wine. They are letting us bring our appetizers and desserts into their winery. Barnard Griffin has been a regular winner in our WWW blind tastings. BRAVO!

"Down Under" tasting with Alice from Shingleback and Red Knot by Precept Wine Brands. TBA

Results from the Bordeaux tasting

25 WWW showed up at Miss Charlenes house for a day of food, wine, & Apres Vin products. That was YUMMY, fun and educational all at the same time. THANK YOU ERIC AND LORI!!!

After carefully tasting all 15 wines, the winners were:
#1 Mouton Cadet Rothschild
#2 Barnard Griffin Cab/Merlot Blend
#3 Smasne Cellars County Line

Saturday, December 4, 2010

2009 Bordeaux Orders

We are ready to start taking orders for your WWW 2009 Bordeaux wine. We need to buy 25 cases for one barrel of wine. With 76 WWW members, we may run out! 1st come, 1st serve.....

As of January 5th, we have 4 cases left.

John says that the grapes have all come the Horse Heaven Hills. The price is $18 per bottle and $216. per case. Please send me your personal check made out to JOHN J. GABRIEL in the amount of $216. before January 8th to assure your case. We will give John your check, collect the tax balance and the $3. for your labels at the blending party on January 15. If you would like to split a case with a friend, that will be fine, but still send me one check and include both your names for our records. We are only selling cases of 12, not by the bottle.

Email Gayle if you need the address for mailing.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bordeaux Tasting and Apres Vin

Tuesday, December 7th is our next event. We will be meeting at Miss Charlene's house in South Richland to taste test some Bordeaux blends for our next vintage. The folks from Apres Vin will be there to give us a taste of their wonderful grapeseed oils, too. As always, bring an appetizer to share. More info to come in your next email.
Click on the title above to see more about Apres Vin.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Blending Day

We have a definite date to blend our next wine. It's Saturday, January 15. More news to come...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bubbly Day

Our bubbly tasting was a HUGE success! Over 24 WWW showed up at Miss Vicky's home armed with great food and a disguised bottle to try. Can you imagine the work it takes to try 24 bottles?!
Thanks to Jan for making our score sheets and tallying the winners. They are:
1st Place~ Cooks Spumante (are you kidding me?!! $3. ??)
2nd Place ~ Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante (Green label)
3rd Place ~ Shingleback Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz
4th Place ~ Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante
5th Place ~ Segura Viudas Brut Reserva
6th Place ~ Adriano Adami Prosecco
And a BIG thank you goes to Miss Vicky for hosting in her home~ she did an awesome job!
Some great food

How very surprised we all were to find out what our WWW favorite champagne was :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

TUESDAY, November 9

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 11am, at Vicki's. Theme is blind tasting Sparkling Wine, Champagne, or Prosecco. Bring an appetizer to share (plus the recipe) and your own champagne glass or flute. We will be brainstorming our next label. Bring ideas with you. RSVP to Gayle.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

October 5th, Walla Walla Adventure

Tuesday, October 5th is our next outing. The plan is to go to Walla Walla to an airport winery, Revelry.
No tasting fees and all wines under $20 (except for a Reserve). You will love Jared and his wines. He has a bordeaux blend with a lot of Cab Franc that you will want to try (and maybe we can imitate his blend in our next vintage?). If we have time, we can hit Tamarac or Russell Creek.
Lunch @ noon is potluck at Catie's new store (we get to be the first for a soft opening:>). You can bring your own dish or pick one up next door at
Bon Appetit'......

Friday, September 10, 2010

Zillah Tour

Thirteen women showed up at Starbucky's Thursday morning. I'm sure the patrons wondered what was going on in the parking lot- a Chinese Fire Drill? Anyway, we headed to CULTURA where we had the BEST experience tasting of the day. We all loved Sarah and Tad, their darling tasting room, BATHROOM- OMG!, and the big barrel room full of French Oak Barrels (and one token Hungarian). My personal favorite was the Cab Franc.
We loaded up the 3 cars and caravaned up to Silver Lake. We were supposed to have lunch there, but our plans quickly changed. 'Nuf said. We did get some great ideas for winter crafts and for our next label.
Drove back down the road to Maison De Padgett. The ladies there were super sweet and the gardens were to die for! Cindy, you missed a good garden! We quickly unpacked our picnic and went inside to buy a glass of wine to have with lunch. The girls did an amazing job once again with all the awesome goodies. Maison's specialties are Muscats and Ports. I liked the one red- the Sangiovese.
We took a vote whether to go to Hyatt or up to the Bed & Breakfast with the Te-Pee's and they voted for the winery. We'll have to go back to see those again.
I believe that the Women Who Wine now have palate's to distinguish Rattlesnake Hills/ Yakima Valley terroir
( the combination of factors, including soil, climate,and environment, that gives a wine its distinctive character)
[literally: soil]
from other Washington AVA's.

Please put Oct. 5th on your calendars for the next outing. We are going to have a PRIVATE soiree at Catie McIntyre's "Wild Woman of Walla Walla" new wine store! Try to say that fast!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Catch the Crush

Here is a list of participants and what they are offering. Click on the heading to get the link.

Monday, August 30, 2010

ZILLAH, Sept. 9, 2010


8:45AM. Meet at Starbucky’s off Queensgate by Target.
Park out away from the store. If you want coffee, get there earlier so we can all leave at 9am. Be sure to have cash & gas in your car before arriving. If you want to meet up with us later, I can send you the itinerary ahead of time.

Caravan to Zillah & get off at exit 54. Go to the Teapot for a QUICK photo op @ 9:45.
10am Cultura Winery with Tad & Sarah
11am Silver Lakes
1pm Hyatt (Carrie)
or Bonair
2pm Piety Flats
or head home
Back to Starbuckys by 3.

If any of you have to leave early, be sure to ride with people that have the same schedule. Designated drivers sip & dump.
As always, bring an appetizer to share, a water bottle, walking shoes, & cooler for your wine. It’s always good to bring ca$h in case you want to go in on a case with others.
For our newbie’s, if you’d like to learn tasting etiquette or touring tips, go to our other blog Women Who Wine WA (click on title)
RSVP so we can organize drivers ahead of time and let wineries know how many to expect. Thank you!

Blue Mtn. Spanish Sound and the Women Who Wine

More Tapteil Party photos

Friday, August 13, 2010

Our First Release Party!

We were all looking in different directions :)
What a wonderful night we had. The view was outstanding, the food amazing, and the wine was spectacular!!! Thank you so much to our host winery Tapteil, and the duo "Blue Mountain Spanish Sound" for a delightful evening.

What a great culmination of events this evening was. For most of us it was our very first taste of our Bella Vino Super Tuscan Blend 2008 . A journey that for some of us started two years ago with maybe a dozen gals. Now we are boasting a loose membership of over 63 women. Who knows what is next for this amazing bunch of ladies who are out to explore the wine and the wine regions surrounding our home town base of Tri Cities, in eastern Washington. This winter we had an offer we couldn't refuse when John Gabriel proposed to help us custom blend and bottle our very own barrel of wine. John the wine maker helped walk us through a fun day, tasting and sipping, and blending from nine barrels of his amazing wine he had stored at Kestrel's. After the process of blending our wine, we met up at a later date to bottle the wine. Thanks to the gracious hospitality of Coyote Canyon who allowed us the use of their facility.

(Click on the blue to follow the links)

Some of the husbands...not to be left out of the party

Now begins the third year of this great adventure. Come join us and see what we will be up to this year!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tapteil at Zinful

Location: ZINFUL Panini Grill & Wine Bar, downtown Kennewick
Time: 5:00PM - 8:30pm, Wednesday, August 4th
Check it out on Facebook (Zinful's or Tapteil's)

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Wine &Hors d'oeuvre's Evening at Tapteil Winery in Benton City on FRIDAY, AUGUST 13 AT 6:30PM. Special entertainment by BLUE MOUNTAIN SPANISH SOUND.
Come celebrate our 1st release of W.W.W.Bella Vino!

Tapteil again has generously donated their site for our adult-only event again this year. It is located at the north end of Sunset Rd. in Benton City. For directions, go to
Click on Winery and then MAP.

Please bring an appetizer to share and if you are a sweet wine fan, please BYOB.
Tapteil has a dry Chardonnay, a Syrah, and 2 outstanding Cabernet's to choose from. Willowbrook residents, WOMEN WHO WINE and their guests can purchase their wines at the family discount of 30% off!
WILLOWBROOK COMMUNITY CLUB will provide the soft drinks and water bottles. Please come even if you don't imbibe..... We always have a fun group with WONDERFUL food. Invite your friends to carpool.
If you would like to donate $5 to help pay our musicians, that would be wonderful!

Wear some nice duds and bring a jacket (it gets chilly when the sun goes down). We may be taking pictures for our next vintage label. Women Who Wine~ bring a bottle of your Bella Vino to share, also.

Please RSVP to Gayle at 627-5579 or email

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cooper Wine Company 6/15/10

Red Mountain Tour

A beautiful (cool & sunny) day in Red Mountain started with a tasting at Masquerade. We enjoyed ourselves so much, we forgot to take pictures! We have another excuse to go back again for more Sparkling Wine, Gewurztraminer, and Malbec (and hit a few golf balls while we're at it). Thanks to Bill & Jennifer Kimmerly for opening up just for us.

Our second stop was the new COOPER. Neil and D.B. Cooper greeted us outside and then showed us the new digs - all spiffed up and ready to show off his awesome wines. We can hardly wait until we can buy them.
Neil Cooper
Third stop was at Eve & Ed Shaw's Portrait Cellars. Ed was somewhere buying some new winery toys and missed out on a wonderful lunch and tasting. Eve sneaked us down into the cellar to try the newest Riesling and Cab that will be bottled in the next few weeks. We will want some of THAT, too!

Portrait Cellars

Our last stop was to Linda Andrew's Art & Glass Studio. We were in awe of all the techniques she uses. See for yourself in these photos. A very successful day in Red Mountain.....

Have fun on your vacations and we'll see you on August 13.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Don Carlo Vineyard

Don Carlo Vineyard, established in 2007 and located in Milton-Freewater, is owned and operated by Tim and Lori Kennedy.  Prior to owning the vineyard Tim made potato chips.....awesome potato chips.  In fact, Tim is the Tim in Tim's Cascade Chips!  I was quite excited to learn this because Tim's Chips have been my family's favorites for years.  And after tasting the Kennedy's wines, it's obvious they put as much love into their new endeavor as they did the last. 

This picture of the vines being planted was very cleverly taken by Karen Sowers - it's actually a picture of a picture!  Looks real doesn't it? In the previous picture you can see Lori showing/explaining to Michelle the various stages of the vineyard's progress by using the pictures on the coffee table.  It is from one of these that Karen took her picture.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

We're on YouTube!

Here is Catie's video from our Walla Walla tour