'TODAY' Show Tuesday to feature Walla Walla's Wine Away

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A Walla Walla-made product that removes stains will make an appearance Tuesday on the "TODAY" Show.

Nina Willdorf, editor in chief of "Budget Travel" and "Girlfriend Getaways" magazines is expected to feature Wine Away red wine stain remover as part of a travel segment.

The segment will help teach viewers how to handle various travel incidents and mishaps, including cleaning up a broken bottle of red wine in a suitcase. (Cue Wine Away.)

The stain-removal spray is a product of Evergreen Labs, owned by mother/daughter team, Cheryl Corn and Staci Wanichek.

Wine Away removes most red wine stains from carpet and fabrics without the use of bleach or phosphates. It's sold in several sizes across the country at BevMo, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sur La Table, Cost Plus World Market and thousands of tasting rooms, according to an announcement. It also has international distribution in 14 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Australia and China.

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The Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman will offer a Taste of Tuscany during a tasting event Wednesday.

Mark Rowan of Noble Wines will pour a selection of the Italian wines of Tuscany, a region producing some of the most important red wines in the world, says shop owner Catie McIntyre Walker.

"Chianti may well be synonymous with the wines of Tuscany, but there is far more diversity," she said in an announcement about the event. Drop in between 5 and 7 p.m. at 19 N. Second Ave. to learn more Wednesday. The cost is $5 per person.

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Those ordering off the menu at Graze -- "a place to eat" -- last week were dining for a good cause.

Owners of the downtown Walla Walla eatery John and Rebecca Lastoskie planned to donate 10 percent of sales from last Monday through last Saturday to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane.

And the results are in: The 10 percent allocation raised $559. On top of that, another $115 was gifted in the name of Ronald McDonald House, bringing the total check to $674.

The fundraiser, set to become an annual event at Graze, 5 S. Colville St., is considered payback by the Lastoskies. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides temporary lodging and support for families with children accessing medical service. The house became a second home to the Walla Walla family three years ago, when daughter Frances Kay was born 13 1/2 weeks early. She spent 100 days in Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center amp; Children's Hospital before being sent home with her parents and brother at just shy of 5 pounds.

Now she's healthy as can be, and her parents are doing their part to return the favor to the organization that helped them.

Those interested in checking out Graze's menu will have more of a chance starting next week. Hours of operation are being extended by a half-hour each day, and a new service is starting Sundays.

Beginning this Sunday, the business will be open 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The business previously operated until 7 p.m. Sunday lunch service will also be added, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 509-526-8321.

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