Three Rivers Winery is getting into the spirit of the season with a Holiday Open House this week.
The Walla Walla winery, at 5641 Old Highway 12, will host an after-hours shopping event Thursday. From 5 to 8 p.m., the tasting room will be open and stocked with holiday gift items for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Linens and dinnerware for the holiday table, cookbooks, aprons, candles, cork jewelry, ornaments, confections, stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and more will be available for purchase. Brands include VIETRI, Michael Aram, Garnier Thiebaut, Couleur Nature, The Thymes, Roost, Stonewall Kitchen and Jan Barboglio.
Complimentary wine tasting will be available, as will gingerbread cupcakes from Frosted -- The Cupcake Shop and charcuterie from Salumiere Cesario.
Those who attend will also receive a gift and have the chance to enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate. A free gift will also be available to those who spend $100 or more on VIETRI holiday dishes. Guests will "draw for a discount" and receive 5 to 30 percent off purchases during the event. For more details, call 526-9463.
The Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman is winding up for an array of festive tasting events.
A special tasting today at 19 N. Second Ave. kicks off a series of events that signal the start of the holiday season.
From 5 to 7 p.m., the wines of Forgeron Cellars will be poured and paired with cheeses from Cheese Louise.
Today's wine and cheese event will be followed Thursday by "Le Beaujolais nouveau est arriv?copy;," a special tasting of a traditional French Gamay. According to Catie McIntyre Walker, who owns the downtown retail shop, France is known to erupt in massive celebration at the stroke of midnight on the third Thursday of each November. The celebration is for the unveiling of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine, which is a young -- six weeks old -- Gamay that comes from south of Burgundy. The light-bodied and fruity wine goes well with Thanksgiving turkey. The French government has adopted regulations delaying the wine's release until the third week of November. It is tradition that the wine must be finished by Christmas. McIntyre Walker doesn't plan to open at midnight. But she does plan to offer samples of the wine produced by Jean Foillard all day Thursday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
McIntyre Walker plans to follow that up Friday with an Early Black Friday tasting of port and chocolate. Quinta do Noval and La Maison du Chocolat will be served together from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, a week ahead of the actual Black Friday. Mark Rowan from Noble Distributing will pour and be available for questions. For more information, call 529-0503.
Pacific Power and The Salvation Army are reminding local residents about their lend-a-hand program.
The two organizations are asking for customers who can to help donate to Project HELP, a program that helps those in need with their energy bills.
"No donation is too small--or too large. Every bit makes a difference to neighbors who may be choosing between food, medicine, clothes and warmth," said Bill Clemens, Pacific Power's regional community manager, in the announcement.
Customers of the electric utility will receive special envelopes with their November bills. The donations given are passed directly to Project HELP. Last year's donations provided more than $17,000. The company added nearly $63,000 to that to help Pacific Power customers in Washington.
The program is administered locally through The Salvation Army. In the 12-month period that ended June 30, Project HELP assisted with the energy bills for 536 local households. The need is expected to be even greater this year.
Contributions are tax-deductible. Additional mailings will be sent out in February and next June. Customers who need assistance can talk with Pacific Power representatives on a payment plan at 888-221-7070.
Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at email@example.com or 526-8321.