Live music on tap at Le Chateau Winery


Le Chateau Winery will showcase a new event room, as well as its award-winning wines, during Spring Release this weekend.

The winery at the Walla Walla Regional Airport property recently completed what's known as "The Castle Room," a roughly 60-person venue that can host small weddings and receptions, live music, lectures and private social events, said tasting room Manager Christie Fuller.

The Castle Room includes a stage, a large-screen television with lecture functionality and multiple furniture arrangements to accommodate an array of needs.

Fuller said a ribbon-cutting event will be planned for a later date. But visitors to the winery can get a peek because Le Chateau will host live music on its new stage.

The winery will offer cheeses, meats, bread and chocolate, along with its barrel samples and pours of its released wines.

More details on the winery are available at:


Drink wine from one barrel while you watch another being made.

As part of its Spring Release festivities, Milton-Freewater's Watermill Winery will host a master cooper who will demonstrate the art of barrel-making Sunday.

Douglas Rennie, a master cooper with Napa's Sequin Moreau, will make a barrel on the patio as visitors stop in for wine.

The event at 235 E. Broadway Ave. runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Watermill will be "popping the corks" on four new releases that day as well as 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Beehive Cut amp; Color Bar suggests local residents start growing their hair in preparation for the downtown salon's upcoming "Cut-A-Thon."

The First Avenue salon will host a six-hour cutting event May 8 at the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede.

Hair cuts will be donation-only with all proceeds going to Helpline's new Women's Shelter, said Beehive co-owner Kate McCaw.

The event runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Salumiere Cesario, Walla Walla gourmet grocery, is offering a glimpse of its goods on a new website.

Owners Damon and Colby Burke have launched a new site dedicated to food at

The site features detailed information about the products, as well as frequent updates about the store's freshly prepared soups, pastas, sandwiches and more, according to an announcement.

An eCommerce addition is in the works so that customers will eventually be able to purchase foods online.

Designed and developed by Seattle-based TrueGood Creative, the site is a colorful showcase of the store's products with easy navigation. Built on the WordPress content management system, staff can post updates on products, events and specials easily.

Damon Burke said customers can also connect with the store, 20 N. Second Ave., through Facebook and Twitter; read reviews on Urban Spoon and Yelp; subscribe to an RSS feed of the store's blog; and sign up for Salumiere's monthly eNewsletter.

"With the increasing importance of social networking in today's business circles, we knew we needed to keep on the forefront of this movement," Burke said in a prepared statement. "We hope to keep very active in today's online communities to keep our fans and customers up to speed about the new and exciting things we have happening at the shop.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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