Winery, B&B to host Thanksgiving feast

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Halloween may be just around the corner, but owners of a local bed-and-breakfast are partnering with a new downtown Walla Walla winery to plan Thanksgiving dinner.

Chef Charles Maddrey of the Fat Duck Inn will prepare a family-style Thanksgiving feast to be served at Walla Faces, Walla Walla's new tasting room at 216 E. Main St.

The event is limited to 50 guests, so reservations are required. The cost is $65 per person and includes dinner and one bottle of Walla Faces wine per couple.

The feast begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 26. For more information or reservations, call Alexa Palmer at the Fat Duck Inn, 526-DUCK (3825), or 1-888-526-8718; or visit the Web site: fatduckinn.com .

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The power of the Internet -- from e-mail marketing to social networking -- will be the focus of an upcoming seminar from Tourism Walla Walla.

"Unleashing the Marketing Power of the Internet" is a four-hour event next Wednesday for those who want to build their business through the Web.

The session will feature two speakers, Michael Clark, regional development director for Constant Contact of Seattle and Portland; and Walla Walla marketing, public relations, social media and graphic design professional Michael Mettler.

Clark, a communications expert with more than seven years experience in education, marketing and graphic design and considered one of the nation's leading e-mail marketing experts, will discuss theories, strategies and techniques that drive a successful e-mail marketing program. He'll provide an overview of e-mail marketing; tips, techniques and practices; and strategies for getting and keeping subscribers.

Mettler, of Achieva Marketing Group, will help participants understand social media. Blogs, Facebook, Twitter and more will be discussed.

The presentation begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Marcus Whitman Hotel Conference Center. The $20 cost includes continental breakfast, snack and all materials. Sponsors include the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and Downtown Walla Walla Foundation. To sign up or for more details, call Tourism Walla Walla at 525-8799.

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Canoe Ridge Vineyard will toast its 20th anniversary when it opens its doors for Fall Release the first full weekend of November.

The winery, 1102 W. Cherry St., will open Nov. 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. One of numerous wineries to participate in Fall Release, Canoe Ridge planted its first grapes in 1989.

In celebration, the winery will release its 2007 Cherry Street Red table wine, 2007 syrah, 2006 reserve merlot and 2006 reserve cabernet sauvignon. A tasting of library wines will also be offered. A $5 tasting fee is reimbursable with a wine purchase and waived for active wine club members.

Guests can pay $5 and enter to win an etched collectors magnum. Light hors d'ouevres will be served. A fabric wine tote will be given as a gift with the purchase of four or more bottles.


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