Sapolil Cellars – Papa Loves Mambo

I had an absolute blast hanging out with Bill and Abigail Schwerin, the father / daughter winemaking team at Sapolil Cellars in Walla Walla, WA. Bill can usually be found in the tasting room on Main St., pouring wine for a group gathered round the 100 yr old grand piano that serves as their tasting bar. And if you are in town on a Friday or Saturday night, be sure to stop in for the live music. I was there a couple of weeks ago and heard the more info

band “Papa Loves Mambo”. Best night out I have had in ages. Check their website for the schedule of performers.

I sampled their proprietary red blend (they refer to it as an inverted Super Tuscan) named after the band, with a commemorative label done by artist Jeffrey Hill. Last I heard there were less than 10 cases left of Papa Loves Mambo, so don’t wait too long to get yours. It will sell out very soon. They plan to release the next in the series this December, and they are currently leaning toward calling it “Gandydancer”. I am really looking forward to that one!

Patit Creek Cellars – Walla Walla, WA

I had a great time chatting with wine maker Joe Forest of Patit Creek Cellars. They have a great spot out at the Walla Walla Airport, with a cozy fireplace lounge inside for the winter, and a relaxing outdoor patio for this time of year. We tasted their ’08 Riesling and the ’06 Trinite, both of which I enjoyed.

Bark Avenue Press – Dog Days of Summer Contest

Bark Avenue Press is a great company that makes photo books, calendars, cards, etc of pets and their people. They are sponsoring a Dog Days of Summer contest from June 21 – September 22. Just design a book using their software and you can enter to win. The Top Dog Winner will receive $1200 and Bark Avenue Press is also donating the same amount to pet welfare related charities. 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive $600 and $300, with Bark Avenue Press again donating an equal amount to pet charities.

And believe it or not, you don’t have to purchase the book to enter! However, if you do choose to purchase the book you design, Bark Avenue Press will donate 25% of the purchase price to pet charities.

This year’s pet charities are ASPCA, Canine Health Foundation and Petfinder.

For full details, go to their website at