Otis Kenyon Wine expands to Woodinville

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Otis Kenyon Wine is the latest Walla Walla Valley winery to expand to Woodinville.

The winery's new 958-square-foot tasting room, situated in the Apple Farm Village complex near the landmark Hollywood School, is slated to open in April. The move is expected to provide greater access to the winery's award-winning vintages for Western Washington consumers, according to an announcement Tuesday.

"The new tasting room will never replace the historic look and feel of our Walla Walla tasting room or the experience of touring in wine country," said Stephen Kenyon, who owns the winery with Deborah Dunbar. "However, Woodinville has a lot to offer as far as convenience and wine tourism traffic. We look forward to introducing Otis Kenyon Wine to the community."

Other Walla Walla area wineries that have opened Woodinville tasting rooms include Isenhower Cellars, Dusted Valley Vintners and Gifford Hirlinger. Pepper Bridge Winery is expected to open soon. According to the announcement Woodinville generated $2.8 million in wine production and welcomed 13 new tasting rooms last year. Another 10 are expected in 2010.

Otis Kenyon will open in time for the ninth annual Passport to Woodinville wine event. Four of its award-winning wines -- made under the direction of winemaker Dave Stephenson -- are expected to be poured. Among them is the 2007 Matchless Red, which has gained a cult following "due to its cheeky reference to the incendiary Kenyon family history."

Nearly a century ago, dentist James Otis Kenyon achieved notoriety by burning down a rival's office. Fifty years after the legendary arson and his subsequent estrangement, grandson Stephen Kenyon reunited the family before James died at 101. "The new tasting room will allow us to continue to tell the story and gain further exposure to those who wouldn't normally head over to Walla Walla," Kenyon said. The Walla Walla tasting room is located at 23 E. Main St. For more details, visit www.otiskenyonwine.com .

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A downtown Walla Walla salon caught a little face time on television Tuesday.

Stylists from City Slickers, 14 W. Main St., made an appearance in the crowd on the "Today" show.

City Slickers owner Cheryl Stubblefield and stylists Virginia Barnes, Rachelle Donovan and Charissa Daudt were in the Big Apple for the 2010 International Beauty Show. The quartet joined the sidewalk crowd at Rockefeller Plaza during the taping of the show and were captured on camera holding a sign with the salon's name on it.

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Now's your chance to taste some of that hard root beer that earned Waitsburg brewer Court Ruppenthal the "Strange Brew Award" during the sixth annual Strange Brewfest in January.

Starting today Ruppenthal's "Booted Reer" will be featured in an "in-house" release at his Laht Neppur Brewing Co. and Cellars, 444 Preston Ave. The Booted Reer will be sold for onsite consumption only and will be available through Saturday or until it runs out.

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Liberty Tax Service is saluting firefighters and law-enforcement officers this week with free tax preparation.

The Walla Walla office, 688 E. Rose St., offers free preparation service through this Sunday to those emergency-services professionals who are first-time customers.

"This week we'll honor the courage and dedication of our men and women in law enforcement and public safety to show appreciation for their work to keep this community safe," said Bob Dodgin, general manager of Liberty Tax Service, in a prepared statement.

For more details, call 526-5081.

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



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