An Argentine-style barbecue, the unveiling of a new label, tacos gratis, red carpet rollout, even some magic — so many wineries, so little time.
Fall Release weekend will have the town buzzing with oenophiles this weekend.
An event-packed three days will be celebrated with wine, food and merriment as wineries open their doors and bottles for tasting events.
Wineries will largely be open throughout the weekend with many special events planned for Saturday. Though too numerous to list in totality, a glimpse of the weekend includes:
Argentine barbecue: Flying Trout Wines will open in the historic Windrow Vineyard today through Sunday. On Saturday it will host an Argentine-style barbecue midday. A selection of TERO Estate wines will be available in addition to the malbec for which Flying Trout winemaker Ashley Trout has developed a following.
New label: Morrisson Lane Winery, 1249 Lyday Lane, will celebrate the weekend Saturday with artist MaLynda Poulsen, music by The B Side and barbecue from the Smokehouse Wenches. The event will also celebrate the release of Something Big Cellars’ Charming Red, a new label from Sean and Kate Morrison.
Balboa Winery: Three new wines, new art by Amy Glase and free tacos from El Taco Loco will be on the menu Saturday.
DaMa Wines: Images of vintage Hollywood will flash on the silver screen as guests walk the red carpet for the Saturday event. Guests are asked to reserve a spot ahead of time and dress in cocktail attire for the nighttime release party.
Dusted Valley Vintners: The ninth annual release party will include live music, freshly grilled food and a magician Saturday. The event is free to Stained Tooth Society members but $15 for nonmembers. That fee includes lunch and wine tasting. RSVPs are requested at 525-1337.
More information, including hours of operation, tasting fees, locations and more, is available through participating wineries. More listings of events are also online through blogs and linked through the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance’s Facebook page. The alliance — wallawallawine.com — also has listings under “events.”