J. Bookwalter

J. Bookwalter Winery is one of my favorite haunts, especially summer evenings on the patio. They have music on the weekends and superb food. The wines are named after literary conventions – Protagonist, Subplot, Foreshadow… You get the idea. They also contribute to charities promoting literacy. And they have a Google Business View virtual tour. Click below to stroll around inside. So what’s not to like?

Picazo 7 Seventeen

I spent a great afternoon hanging with Trina, the wine manager, and Chef Frank Magana at his restaurant, Picazo 7 Seventeen in Prosser, WA.  They just won the Grand Award from Washington Wine Commission for their support of Washington wine. This is a great  place that is consistently packed – calling ahead for a reservation is highly recommended, especially on Friday or Saturday evening. Wednesday night is Wine Industry Night, with discounts for anybody working  in the wine industry.

I was honored to share a bottle of Spanish wine, Vinas Magana ’05 Merlot, given to him for his birthday. I also took home a bottle of my favorite Viogner from Maison Bleue Winery, also in Prosser, WA.