Monday, December 19, 2011

Holiday Party

A wonderful afternoon of holiday merriment at Debra's. We had a blind Cab tasting, awesome food, and party poppers.  Click here for how to make one!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dream Dinners

We had a really fun day at our Taste & Sip at Dream Dinners- thank you Pat & Terri!! We had some scrumptious meals & appetizers while we sipped on Crystal Light Mango Peach Tea. Here are some photos from the afternoon. Thank you to all the gals that attended and Dream Dinners thanks you for all the new orders. You are gonna love it!

Here's what they served us:
Pecan Crusted Pork Chops with Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Chicken Mirabella, Coconut Shrimp with Sweet & Sour Sauce and Jasmine Rice, Herb Crusted Flank Steak and Sesame Teriyaki Glazed Meatballs with Jasmine Rice

Update: A note from Margaret:
I went Thursday to Dream Dinners and prepared my meals, ordered for January and prelim for February. THANKS. So far, Gene has liked everything I've prepared.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Frost Me Sweet / Cork Class

Great day at Frost Me Sweet on the Parkway. Lots of delicious food (and the BEST cupcakes in the Tri-Cities!), wine, and an informative cork class by Morgan Ganzer- she was AWESOME!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Wine trivia

Plants expected life in years...40
Years to optimal quality......12
Tons per acre................2
Barrels per ton..............2.54
Gallons per ton..............50
Bottles per ton..............759
Plants per acre..............2,000
Bottles per acre.............1,519
Bottles per plant............0.76
Cases per barrel.............24.9
Bottles per barrel...........299
Berries per cluster.........124
Barrels per acre.............8 to 10

% of cost per bottle
Barrels, labor, facility....30%

Bonair & Two Mountain

After going to Two Mtn., a few of us went over to Bonair. Afterwards, we stopped at the Old Teapot Gas Station.
On Oct. 10, we went to Zillah to Two Mountain Vineyards & Winery. We were able to see what a winemaker does all in one day. We went out to the vineyard, tasted the grapes, picked a bunch (with SHOULDERS!), mashed them in a baggie, put the juice on the refractometer to check the brix, and then brought them back to the winery where we learned about yeasts, barrels, storage, etc... Matt, Pat, & Rachel went above & beyond our expectations in sharing the whole experience with us all. Rachel had our lunch all laid out for us and we had wine from the barrel to go along with it. A truly FUN & educational day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Randy shared his knowledge with us during lunch. One of the things we learned was about what it means to be a bonded winery. His family has been doing this for many years. Sharon and Randy really made this tour special.

Sept. 12, 2011 Chinook

Kay from Chinook giving us the tour, history, and nice wine tasting.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Labeling Day 8/30/11

Lunch in the garden at Wine O'Clock. Yummy Pear/Bacon Pizza and Organic Salad

Mary, Gayle, Cyndy, Karen, and Marilyn labeling for John Gabriel behind Coyote Canyon.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Release Party at Tapteil

Beautiful evening at Tapteil Vineyards. Over 60 people came to enjoy the food, wines, music and ambiance. Anton Sinkov played his classical guitar for us. His # is 551-9882 if you'd like to hire him.


Women Who Wine released their new Rojo Hermoso Blend (70% Graciano% 25%Tempranillo with a 5% splash of Syrah ) John Gabriel the wine maker at Coyote Canyon joined the celebration that night. In January he guided us through the blending of some rare to this region, spanish varietals.
These luscious grapes are grown in the beautiful Horse Heaven AVA at Mike Andrews 11oo acre vineyard. Mike who is the owner of the vineyard and Coyote Canyon Winery is making a name for the winery with his great selection of spanish grapes. His Alberino has won 5 double golds since it has been in production. They released their 2009 Michael Andrews Spanish Red this weekend. Check out the link to read John's tasting notes!

Enjoying the wine, the food, and the company set a top Tapteil's lovely vineyards on Red Mountain Friday night, you felt you could have been in the south of France. Thank you Larry and Jane for hosting such a wonderful evening. I am in love with your 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon!!! Cindy