Hooray for rosé Gregutt to host virtual tasting

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Want to taste wine with one of Washington's most well-known oenophiles?

Wine enthusiasts can join Seattle-based wine authority and blogger Paul Gregutt on Thursday for a virtual tasting of an array of the state's dry ros wines.

"Hooray for Ros! A Virtual Tasting with Paul Gregutt" will be hosted online by Randall Public Relations at TasteLive.com . The event runs 5:30-7 p.m. Tasting organizers have designated #WARose as the hashtag for those who plan to participate.

The event is designed to share observations, post photos and ask Gregutt and the guest winemakers questions.

Here's how it works: Eight wines will be tasted and discussed throughout the event. Consumers can find many of them in markets or local wines direct at the Walla Walla area tasting rooms. The wines are: Syncline Wine Cellars, 2009 Ros?©, Columbia Valley ($16); Waters Winery, 2009 Ros, Walla Walla Valley ($18); Chinook Wines, 2009 Cabernet Franc Ros, Yakima Valley ($14.99); Sleight of Hand Cellars, 2009 Ros of Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley ($17.99); Charles & Charles, 2009 Ros of Syrah, Columbia Valley ($12.99); Barnard Griffin, 2009 Ros of Sangiovese, Columbia Valley ($12); Lullaby Winery, 2008 Ros of Grenache, Columbia Valley ($16); and Dusted Valley, 2009 Ros, Columbia Valley ($18).

Participants then become a TasteLive! member -- a process that's free -- and register for the event. Log on at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and prepare to taste. TasteLive! can be accessed through Twitter, as well.

"I'm excited to share this tasting with other wine lovers using this new medium, because it seems like a terrific way to connect with experienced wine drinkers and to encourage those new to wine tasting," Gregutt said in a prepared statement.

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A new associate has joined Walla Walla law firm Virtual In-House Counsel, PLLC, 2225 Isaacs Ave.

Susan N. Baker specializes in employment law, business law and civil litigation at the firm founded by Kristian Hedine.

The veteran attorney earned her law degree at Idaho State University Law School in 1979. She was admitted to the Idaho State Bar that year. She worked as a judicial law clerk and wrote a state child support enforcement manual, researched legislation and prepared proposed rules, regulations, and code sections, and administered state and federal grants. She taught business law courses while living in Greece.

In 1997 she was admitted to the Washington State Bar. Since then she has performed contract legal research services and pro bono work. She has also completed a Child Custody Mediation Course at the Fulcrum Institute, and has also represented offenders appearing before the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board.

Baker and her husband, Delwyn Baker, a physician at Walla Walla's veterans hospital, live in College Place.

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

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