Hamley reveals region's wheat in new bottling

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Hamley Steakhouse and Saloon has put its own twist on whiskey.

On Friday, the Pendleton business released what is heralded as the first Oregon-made straight wheat whiskey. The new venture will be celebrated this week with a tasting and release party.

Hamley Whiskey is a small-batch wheat alcohol grown, distilled and bottled in Eastern Oregon by Joseph-based Stein Distillery, according to an announcement.

Aged at last two years in new, charred oak barrels and distilled at less than 160 proof, the whiskey has no coloring, flavoring or blending agents, officials said.

The local wheat component gives it a more mellow taste profile, softer than bourbon.

The Hamley Whiskey Tasting and Release Party will be at Hamley Steakhouse and Saloon, 8 S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton, on Friday. Doors open at 4 p.m. The party starts at 5 p.m. Live music will include performances from Bushman Brothers and Burbank native Kate Turner.

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A journey through the history of sherry will be the center of a special tasting event Wednesday at the Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman shop.

A tasting sojourn on the drink from Spain will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 19 N. Second Ave.

The two-hour event is $25 per person. Guests will learn how sherry begins its life as a white wine, starting with the driest finos. The dessert stylings of Pedro Xi-ménez will be featured. Mark Rowan of Noble Distributing will serve as guide. Tapas will be served.

Reservations can be made at the shop or by calling 529-0503.

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Want a farm-to-table dining experience in your own home?

Organizers of Walla Walla's community-supported agriculture program are taking signups for their Made in Walla Walla Box for the fall.

Those interested should sign up by Sept. 5 to begin the 13-week program Sept. 12. The program is administered through the Daily Market Cooperative.

The standard share is $390, about $30 per week. A half-share is $234 or $18 per week. A meat share is an additional $156 or $12 per week. Boxes can be split with partners.

Participants receive an array of fresh, sustainably produced foods available for pickup Wednesdays.

This season's bounty will be available at Red Reina, the new downtown deli opening at 202 E. Main St.

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The items included in the box can vary to meet shareholders' needs. They may include eggs, milk, artisan bread, salad greens, meat, fruits and vegetables. Bouquets of fresh flowers can be added to the boxes.

Registration forms can be downloaded at dailymarket.coop/box.

The final flick in Inland Cellular's Family Movie Night is coming this weekend.

"Hugo" will be the finale in the summer movie series Saturday. Borleske Stadium opens to guests for the free showing at 8 p.m. The PG-rated movie is expected to start around 8:30 p.m.

The movie is shown in conjunction with the Walla Walla Public Library's "Read the Book, See the Movie: program. Readers have been able to check out the book on which each film in the summer series has been based.

The summer series has been put on in cooperation with the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department, Walla Walla Public Library and the Walla Walla Sweets baseball team.

Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for comfortable seating in the outfield. Concessions will be available at the stadium. Guests are asked to leave dogs home. For more information call the downtown foundation, 529-8755; Inland Cellular, 629-2500; or Achieva Marketing Group, 529-5525.

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

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