New wine store to serve up bubbling blanco, rosé

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Walla Walla's new wine store will be the first to show off the wines of Ginevra Casa Smith.

A tasting of the Italian winemaker's "Secco Italian Bubbles" on Wednesday is billed as a "Rome meets Walla Walla" event.

The tasting runs 5-7 p.m. at Catie McIntyre Walker's Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman shop, 19 N. Second Ave.

Ginevra Casa Smith will pour her Prosecco-style bubbles in both blanco and ros. For those who haven't made her acquaintance yet, Wednesday's tasting will be an opportunity to learn about the journey Ginevra and her sister, Olivia, made from Rome to the United States about six years ago. Ginevra, a sommelier, began her career in the wine industry working as an Italian wine specialist for a Colorado distribution company, according to information on the Secco Italian Bubbles website. With her sister's expertise in business, public relations, graphic design and more, the pair set out to make their own blends. Ginevra, by the way, is also the wife of Walla Walla winemaker Charles Smith.

The cost is $5 per person. For more information on Wednesday's tasting, call 529-0503.

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Tumac Machinery and Tumac Outdoor have brought in inventory from the company's E-store and added a full line of children's items for the holidays.

The Walla Walla retailer, known the rest of the year as a farm and home equipment store, has bulked up its inventory for boys and girls of all ages, according to an announcement. E-store items include a full range of hunting gear, camping gear, flashlights, batteries, gloves, multi-use tools, two-way radios, air compressors, outdoor clothing and much more. A full line of John Deere toys and collectibles for Deere fans is available at Tumac Machinery, 3307 Melrose St.

The operations continue to also offer their regular items for the season, including Honda Power Equipment generators and snowblowers, Traeger grills and barbecue accessories, Husqvarna Outdoor Equipment, STIHL power tools, John Deere mowers and more. Tumac Machinery can be reached at 525-2010. Tumac Outdoor, 902 W. Rose St., can be reached at 525-4550.

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The Young Professionals of Walla Walla will host a holiday party at the Walla Walla Country Club on Thursday.

The event runs 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 1390 Country Club Road. The event will be heavy on appetizers as well as charity.

The party is an opportunity to contribute items for the YWCA. Attendees are asked to bring a donation for the cause. Suggested items include: twin-sized bed sheets, pillow cases and blankets; books for young readers, kids and moms; kitchen towels, washcloths and sponges; bath towels and washcloths; bathmats; Tupperware or other food-storage containers; powered laundry soap; and toothbrushes and toothpaste.

The Young Professionals organization will provide heavy appetizers, and Ryan McCarthy will provide bar service. Non-Country Club members should bring cash if they intend to order drinks.

The Country Club also has a dress code: Jeans are not allowed. Men are encouraged to wear slacks and a collared shirt. Woman may wear slacks, a skirt or a dress.

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

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