Winery to host Haiti relief benefit

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Glencorrie Winery will host a Haiti Relief benefit this weekend.

For every bottle of wine sold Saturday, the Walla Walla winery will donate $10 to the American Red Cross, said Ronn Coldiron, who owns the winery with his brother, Dean Coldiron.

The event runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the winery, 8052 W. U.S. Highway 12. Coldiron said pictures from the wreckage inspired the decision to donate, in some cases, as much as a third of the retail price of the winery's bottles.

"I'm in a position to do something," he said Tuesday. "It's going to be a financial hit for us, but by the same token I'm not trapped under a pile of rubble."

Glencorrie has three varietals: a $45 Bordeaux blend, a $40 Walla Walla Cabernet, and a $35 Columbia Cabernet.

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Salumiere Cesario is starting the new year with its first Gustiamo tasting event Thursday.

Owners Damon and Colby Burke are taking a new approach to the tastings, focusing the monthly events on an exclusive wine region.

Thursday's private tasting will feature wines from the Veneto region of Italy. Among the foremost wine-producing regions, the area is known for its Bardolino, white Bianco di Custoza, Breganze and the Amarone.

According to an announcment from Salumiere Cesario, the most appreciated wines in the region come from the provinces of Treviso, Verona, Padova, Venice and Vicenza. The area around Verona, with its temperate climate and hilly surrounding, is believed to have cultivated grapes since the Bronze Age.

The Burkes have collaborated with one of their distributors to bring several of the Veneto wines not available anywhere else in the Walla Walla Valley to local customers.

Thursdays tasting event runs 7-9 p.m. at the gourmet grocery, 20 N. Second Ave. The cost is $20 per person and includes a tasting of the selected wines and accompaniments for each taste.

Seating is limited to 30 people on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve a space stop by the store or call 529-5620.

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

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