First Day of Fall!

Submitted September 25th, 2010

First day of fall! I still don’t have much memory of summer, but we had it because the winemakers are busy picking and crushing grapes, making that elixir without which we would not have our wine society. Everything seems to be a week or two later than usual, and as one winemaker said, “We might be making a lot of ice wine this year.”

The Eno fall season got off to a good start with the Sangiovese tasting at the Cashmere Riverside Center. New board member Barbara Johnson, aided by Mary Henning, learned what it was like to host an event, and did it very well. We had a large attendance of close to 70 who enjoyed Italian-style food with the wines from the Sangiovese grape.

Thanks to many helping hands, the evening went off well, and we missed those of you who weren’t able to be there.

Do try to put the October 16 dinner on your calendar. Hosted by Ann and Joe Gaspers, it will be a fine evening at the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club.

Next will be the December Winter Gala, with Champagne and other sparkling wines. Attendees do their utmost to provide delicious, outstanding hors d’oeuvres, providing us all with a truly celebratory evening at the Wenatchee Museum and Cultural Center.

Meanwhile, our local wine country is keeping us busy with events. We’ve had the Chelan County Fair, the Leavenworth Crush Festival, and the Wenatchee and Lake Chelan Harvest Festivals, all of which were well attended. Next, as far as I am able to determine, is the Grand Opening of the tasting rooms of three wineries: Craig and Danielle Mitrakul’s Crayelle Cellars, Doug and Diane McDougall’s Horan Estates, and Lisa Wareham’s Waterville Winery. a brandy distillery and Snapdragon Cafe in what is called the Mission District, on Mission St. in Cashmere. This building is down the street from Liberty Orchards Aplets and Cotlets, and next door to Junkyard Gypsies. On Thursday, September 23, an open house will offer food and wine from 4-7 p.m. Join us in celebrating this new addition to Cashmere.

Coming into Cashmere, across the bridge on the right, is the new home of Ryan Patrick Vineyards, and the second tasting room and wine-making facility for the winery. The tasting room will be opening soon.

As for good wine buys, most grocery stores are featuring lower prices on many wines. I haven’t found anything especially appealing at Grocery Outlet recently. URM has some local wines at exceptional prices. Faire le Pont is one. A plethora of tourists helps the local wineries and keeps their prices up; what is good for local businesses is usually good for all of us here.

Now it’s time in Leavenworth for Autumn Leaf Festival, followed by three weekends of Drunken Fest. Publicly, it’s known as October Fest, but if you’ve been here at this time, you might agree on the new local name for it.

Some wine rooms will be offering new wines for your delectation. Napeequa in Plain has just bottled some new ones, and David Morris’ wines are always worth the trip up there. The new Silvara Vineyards on Hwy 2 above Smallwood’s has a new Cab and an irresistible new Pinot Grigio. and 37 Cellars off E.Leavenworth Rd. (Call 548-8663 for appointment) has an outstanding, fairly new Pepperbridge Merlot and a fabulous new Chardonnay. I know there are others, but I am not yet acquainted with them.

Hope to see you in Cashmere Thursday 4-7.