US wine buyers visit Walla Walla

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More than 40 of the nation's leading wine buyers trekked through Walla Walla on Monday as part of the fourth annual Road Trip Washington Wine program.

The visit was part of a five-day tour of the state for a group of wholesalers, retailers and restaurateurs meeting with grape growers and winemakers at the height of the growing season, according to an announcement from the Washington State Wine Commission.

The travelers started their tour Sunday and will make their way through the Yakima Valley and into Woodinville between today and Thursday as they experience Washington Wine Country.

The tour was first introduced by the state wine commission four years ago to help educate domestic buyers on Washington's wine industry. Since then 177 high-level buyers and decision-makers representing more than $2 billion in purchasing power have come through.

"Road Trip has quickly become one of the premier educational opportunities for the domestic wine trade", said Robin Pollard, executive director for the Washington State Wine Commission, in a statement.

The group arrived in Walla Walla from Seattle at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. They began a vineyard exercise at 10 at an array of vineyards. The itinerary included lunch at Brasserie Four, a seminar about white wines at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, winery exercises at a cluster of wineries including Abeja, Buty, Dusted Valley Vintners, Gramercy Cellars, K Vintners, L'Ecole No 41, Northstar, Pepper Bridge Winery and Waterbrook Winery. A regional tasting and dinner also took place at K Vintners, among other events.

Operators of the Builders ReSupply are celebrating their one-year anniversary with a half-off sale this weekend.

The nonprofit outlet that sells new and recycled building materials will mark everything in the store down 50 percent Thursday through Saturday.

The store's inventory comes from donations from local contractors and the public to avoid deposits in the landfill.

It includes cabinets, lumber, doors, bathroom fixtures, lighting and gently-used furniture, as well as antique items.

All of the store's profits are dedicated to building a more sustainable community through outreach and education programs provided by the store's operator, the Sustainable Living Center, according to an announcement about the anniversary.

The operation is at 551 Lockheed Ave., at the Walla Walla Regional Airport industrial park. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. New and used items may be donated during those times. Arrangements can also be made for pickup and delivery by appointment. Operators say in addition to building items, they're also in the market for volunteers. For details, visit the website for a volunteer application at sustainablelivingcenter.com, or call 524-5228.

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Walla Walla salon Jabamo Capelli will be made over in pink for an open-house event Thursday.

The business, 120 E. Birch St., Suite 1, will host a "Think Pink" celebration 4-6 p.m. in honor of October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Pink hairstrands, feather extensions and polish will be available, as will "Think Pink" T-shirts. They will be offered through October, said Jabamo Capelli owner and stylist Rosalie Lesko. For more details, call 525-1330.

South Fork Grill is celebrating its first year in business with an anniversary party Wednesday.

The Southgate restaurant, owned by Chris and Jodi Worden at 1129 S. Second Ave., will have live country music by Whiskey Creek, a 4 p.m. champagne toast, drink specials, mid-day menu prices, new mid-day appetizers and a drawing for a free lunch for two. The latter will take place at 5:30 p.m. and winners must be present to receive the prize.

The celebration kicks off with live music at 2 p.m. The event is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details, call 522-4777.

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