The Italians no doubt invented bocce ball for the express purpose of passing time in between lunch and dinner. Tossing those magical spheres, trying to get close to the white ball can really work up an appetite. And being a little lubricated doesn't hurt a bit.
Photo courtesy of Januik/Novelty Hill Winery
Bocce ball's the best kind of drinking game, don't you think?
It's kind of trippy to think back five years when there were just a handful of wineries in that neck of the woods. Now, there are something like 80 tasting rooms, making for some of the sauciest strip malls and revamped warehouses around. You know you've been meaning to check 'em out. This birthday party's a mighty good excuse.
Along with the food and games, they'll be pouring the brand new Spring Run Rosé, gratis, from noon until 4 p.m.
As long as you're out that a'way, might as well hit up a few more of The Wino's faves:
Big ups to Dusted Valley for making screwtops cool. Doesn't mean you should chug that Ramblin' Rosé, though.
Bring Mumsy and Dadsy to DeLille Cellars and beg the 'rents to whip out their Platinum card and buy you some. It's not cheap, but it's mighty fine wine. Especially love me some D2.
J Bookwalter is famous for its reds, made with grapes grown on vines older than your granny. But it's the new Notebook Riesling that's got my mouth watering.
Is there a better Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington state than the dynamo produced by Pepper Bridge? Maybe, but this stellar Cab is definitely in the Top 10. You no longer have to drive to Walla Walla to try it since they opened a satellite tasting room, practically next door to J Bookwalter. Go! Try that Cab and the Merlot, too, and then tell The Wino she's genius for steering you the right direction.