Dunham Cellars feted for donations to Komen cancer research fund

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A Walla Walla winery that's dedicated a portion of its sales to cancer research was feted last weekend by the Puget Sound Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Dunham Cellars was a 2011 honoree during the organization's Grace Notes gala event at the Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel last Saturday.

The signature gala celebrated the winery and also raised $830,000 to help with the quest for a cure for breast cancer. The evening's other honorees were David and Cheryll Blair.

Dunham Cellars is a family-owned winery in a World War II era airplane hangar at 150 Boeing Ave. It was started by Mike Dunham, his wife Joanne Dunham, and his winemaker son, Eric Dunham.

The winery's white table wine is a tribute to Mike Dunham's mother, Shirley Mays, who was born in 1920 to Bert and Lela Mays of Waitsburg and died in 1983 of breast cancer. A portion of proceeds from the sale of each bottle is dedicated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The back label of each bottle tells the inspirational stories of family and friends who have survived breast cancer and pay tribute to those who have lost their battles.

Grace Notes is the largest fundraising event outside of the Race for the Cure and has raised $3.2 million in its four-year history. What an extraordinary evening for the Cure!

A fresh coat of gun-metal gray on the exterior of the building at 1726 Isaacs Ave. is part of a transformation of a one-time target shop into the new home of Blazing Guitars.

The owners of Walla Walla guitar and music store, Dan Goodell and Bart Wuest, are planning a move from 30 W. Colville St. to the Isaacs location, most recently home to Tee-Tastic Women's Clothing. That business recently closed. More details on the relocation of Blazing Guitars are still to come. The roughly 2,000-square-foot building was home for years to The Target Shop, before that business moved (and later closed), making the way for Tee-Tastic's opening in 2008.

Goodell and Wuest recently returned from the National Association of Music Merchants trade show in Anaheim, Calif. The guys are adding several new items to their inventory, including amps from Blackstar Amplification, Visual Sound guitar pedals and accessories, vocal harmonizers and processors from TC Helicon, Kala ukeleles and guitars from Fender's USA product line, as well as numerous other products. For more details, check out the website at blazinguitars.net .

Your appetite for spaghetti and meatballs at the Whitehouse-Crawford may have been whetted too early.

An announcement this week on the restaurant's first-ever spaghetti night incorrectly said the event will take place this coming Tuesday. Instead the pasta fest will take place March 29. Whitehouse-Crawford chef and co-owner Jamie Guerin said it's not too early, however, to make reservations for the dinner.

The night's menu includes Caesar salad, pasta with marinara, meatballs, Parmesan cheese, house-baked bread, ice cream, gelato, and sorbet. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. For more details, call 525-2222.

Operators of Sleight of Hand Cellars are hoping to make their upcoming move a little lighter.

The Walla Walla winery is making a move from its downtown tasting room to 1959 JB George Road, according to an announcement on its Facebook page.

In preparation for the move owners are hoping to unload some of their baggage through a two-day sale today and Saturday. The JB George tasting room will open April 1. Sleight of Hand, founded by Trey Busch and Jerry and Sandy Solomon, is described as a "garagiste wine project" that produces about 2,500 cases annually of Gew?ºrztraminer, syrah, and several blends. For more details, call 525-3661.

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

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