Not only is Walla Walla, Wash., home to the Washington State Penitentiary, the state's largest prison, it's also home to Whitman College, where Magic: The Gathering was originally created. But convicts and nerds aside, Walla Walla is also gaining notoriety for its sizeable wine industry. The city has more than 100 wineries and 1,800 acres of grapes.
If you've been looking to sample some Walla Walla cabs or syrahs but haven't felt like making the drive from Boise, Monday, April 18, is your lucky day. The Linen Building is hosting Vino! Swirl. Sip. Savor, an event that offers tastings from more than 20 Walla Walla wineries.
"The event will be technically a two-part event. The first part in the earlier afternoon, we open it up for the local wine industry to grow anything that's available in the wine shops and restaurants ... and then we'll open it up to the public for the evening tasting, where we'll have hors d'oeuvres catered by Open Table and some local entertainment," explained event organizer and former Walla Walla resident Jaclyn Wolske.
For $40, you can sample wines from vineyards like Dunham Cellars, Dusted Valley Vintners, Le Chateau Winery, Spring Valley Vineyard, Tamarack Cellars and Walla Walla Vintners while listening to tunes by local musician Brock Bartel. At least 25 percent of the evening's proceeds will benefit the Idaho Foodbank, Wolske said.
"It depends on where expenses come in at, but anything after expenses is going to the Foodbank," said Wolske.