Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Winery Tour

On Saturday, April 26, Bob and I went on a winery tour of the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. We didn't realize it was Spring Barrel Tasting, and it was very busy at each winery. We hit up 5 wineries, starting at Piety Flats where I got a bottle of a really interesting Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay, each 50%; then we ended up at Hyatt, as I took a wrong turn! I came home with 2 bottles of Zillah Gorilla, a really wonderful Zinfandel. They were tasting out the barrel, and it is already tasting great! Then we went to Silverlake, one of our favorites - wow, it took forever just to get up the drive as it was one-way traffic, no one was directing, and then once there, it was fun, just very busy. Left without even getting our passport stamped! We then went to Bonair, one of Bob's favorites, where we found Bung, an Australian Shepherd, and he really made me miss Fannie. So Bob took a couple pictures of the area, and the ducks/duck pond, and we left. He had taken a picture of me with the MINI parked on the grass. The MINI looks great parked on the grass! We then went to Eaton Hill Winery. I like this place. It is also for sale. It is an old tomato cannery, and during the war, we were told farmers could bring whatever needed canning, and they would can it for them! They make a wonderful nectarine white wine called Sun Gold. We tasted out of the barrel, and they will be bottling next month and it will be up for sale on July 1. I can't wait! It is so good this year! (Every other year is when to buy, this year for last years' crop). I also got a recipe for a posole they were tasting out, wow, it was wonderful! Can't wait to make it myself!

The PSMINI.org group is going on a tour in May, and I will have more information then, as they plan to go all the way down to Richland and spend the night. I will get to go to wineries I haven't been to before! And with a great group of people! There are several MINIs already signed up! I can't wait!

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