Etcetera - 02/09/12

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On Jan. 25, Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman wrote about Walla Walla Vintners, founded by winemakers Myles Anderson and Gordy Venneri in an iconic red-roofed barn off Mill Creek Road.

"The success of their winemaking talents, blended with friendship, prompted them to hire Bill vonMetzger in 2002," Andy and Eric blogged at www.heraldnet.com.

"As Walla Walla Vintners grew in that time period, we found that it was too much to run the business, market the wine and produce the wine," Gordy said. "Hiring Bill allowed Myles and I to focus more time and energy with our customers and without compromising on the quality of our wine. It has been a good fit for us."

Their winery produces cabernet sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley merlot, Columbia Valley cabernet franc, malbec, cuvee, syrah and a "super-Tuscan-style blend." Walla Walla Vintners and other area wineries poured on Feb. 27 at Pure Space in Portland and will do it again March 12 in Seattle at Sodo Park.

Andy and Eric are editors of Wine Press Northwest, which offers reviews are online at www.winepressnw.com/freshpress.

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Key Technology Relay For Life team, also known as the Off Our Keysters for a Cure, will host an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast for $7 from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 1604 Plaza Way, Walla Walla Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 509-200-6410. This event is part of the Enjoy a Short Stack for a Tall Cause ... The American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

Relay For Life gives folks the opportunity to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones who've died and fight back against the disease. The Walla Walla Relay For Life event will be June 8-9. See www.relayforlife.org/wallawallawa for more information.

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Two Walla Walla High School students who placed in the all-day Columbia Basin Music Education Association solo and ensemble contests at Richland High School will advance to state competition in late April.

Of the six Wa-Hi Orchestra students involved in the event, five placed and one will head to state: Jennifer Cho, violin, freshman, state qualifier and winner of the violin category; Bryn Chacon, cello, freshman, first alternate; Quinn Anderson, cello, junior, second alternate; Freshman Trio, Jennifer Cho, violin; Will Liening, violin, freshman; and Kelsey Gabel, viola, junior, second alternate.

Twenty-one Wa-Hi Band students were involved at CBMEA, four placed and Kyli Hymphreys won with a French horn solo and will go to state. Sean Newcomb, flute solo, second alternate; Amy Ueckert, clarinet solo, first alternate; Machado Mijiga, alto sax solo, first alternate. Andrew Ueckert is Wa-Hi Band director

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