Brad Pitt picks L'Ecole

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What does Hollywood's most famous power couple sip during date night? Walla Walla wine, of course. At least for one of them.

According to gossip column and blog reports Brad Pitt was spotted drinking L'Ecole No 41 merlot Tuesday evening during a dinner with Angelina Jolie before the premiere of "In the Land of Blood and Honey," a movie she wrote and directed.

Here's what the reports are saying: On Wednesday morning the DC Examiner gossip column reported that the pair dined at Charlie Palmer Steak, where they dined on pork shoulder, among other things. At the time, the piece said the two drank a pinot noir and merlot from Washington.

According to daily wine blog "Terroirist," Pitt drank "big glasses" of the Lowden-based L'Ecole merlot, while Jolie had Domaine Chandon's pinot noir.

"Good choices -- and their taste is much more affordable than I would have predicted," Terroirist blogger David White wrote. "Both wines retail for about $25 (per) bottle."

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Want an up-close view as some of Milton-Freewater's finest are celebrated for their volunteerism?

The Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce is selling tickets to its annual awards banquet, where community members will be feted for their time and dedication.

Tickets are $28 each for the Feb. 16 event. Rhonda's Catering will provide prime rib and chicken in mushroom sauce with trimmings.

Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber office at 157 S. Columbia St.

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The Marcus Whitman Hotel amp; Conference Center is doing its part to help local folks with eyes on health honor their New Year's resolutions.

The downtown Walla Walla hotel will host its first ever Health amp; Wellness Expo later this month.

The free event will include a cooking demonstration, presentation on sleep disorders, heart and wine health, skin health and more in 20-minute presentations.

A variety of vendors will be on hand to offer health, fitness and wellness information. Door prizes will be given away.

The expo runs 1-5 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Explorer Ballroom of the hotel, Second Avenue and Rose Street.

An optional luncheon for $15 will kick off the event. Reservations for that portion are required. During the lunch Marcus Whitman Executive Chef Antonio Campolio will provide a cooking demonstration. That will be followed by a presentation on sleep disorders by Dr. Richard Simon of the Kathryn Severyns Dement Sleep Disorders Center of Walla Walla.

Other speakers of the day include Dr. Steven Maxood, nurse practitioner Margaret Caicedo and dermatologist Francesco D'Alessandro. For more details and to reserve a place at the luncheon, call 524-1150.

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

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