Sunday, September 14, 2008

On the seventh day they rested...

A six-day workweek is extremely tiring, and I now have a major respect for anyone who works this often on a regular basis. Whereas most wineries force their employees to work seven days per week during the harvest, the owners of our facility (perhaps for religious reasons) believe in giving ALL employees off on Sunday, so Gliner and I had today to relax. After a night stopping at all of the Tri-Cities bars (Read: All of the bars are filled with “locals” and we get awkward stares so we tried to avoid trouble, and after quickly stopping inside each of downtown Kennewick’s hotspots headed straight for our local casino…) I used Gliner’s “players’ points” at the casino to get a free dinner (eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toast) and promptly came home to pass out leaving Jeff “Billy Ocean” Gliner to work his magic until 3AM.

Around eleven this morning, we headed to Walla Walla, Washington, a city that my guidebook claims is “a picture perfect New England town dropped in the middle of Washington.” On the way into town we stopped at a few wineries. I have to admit that I love talking shop - winemaking- with the tasting room workers that we encounter. I also enjoy that we don’t pay the approximately $5 tasting room fees because we work in the industry. Within minutes of stopping at our first winery it was obvious that Gliner, a white wine snob, would be driving for the remainder of the afternoon, because each of the Walla Walla area wineries carries only one white wine and five to eight reds. We stopped in the heart of Little New England and found the only “downtown” restaurant that was open where I was treated to an appetizer of Sweet Onion Soup (sweet onions are Walla Walla’s local specialty) and a delicious rare ahi tuna sandwich. Dining with Gliner is always enjoyable because he knows the restaurant business so well. He points out both the good and bad aspects of each eatery we visit with great accuracy. And yes, because the Tri-Cities is not really a college town, everyone presumes we are a gay couple when we go on man-dates…

After a few more wineries south of Walla Walla proper (the area is surrounded by desert bluffs that look like fjords along the might Columbia River) we headed home listening to Top 40 music the whole way. I admit that it’s been years since I’ve listened to pop, but I’ve fallen in love with the Tri-Cities’ radio station WKEY 98.3 that gives me the best of the 80s, 90s, and today.

Update: After Gliner successfully managed to EARN money during each of his trips to the casino, he just called to inform me that he is $300 dollars in the hole from poker...

1 comment:

Catie said...

>>because each of the Walla Walla area wineries carries only one white wine and five to eight reds.

Now, now, you're exaggerating, that's not entirely true. L'Ecole carries a semillon, a chardonnay, a semillon blend and a chenin blanc. Waterbrook has a chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris. Lowden Hills usually keeps a riesling and a viognier around. Forgeron Cellars always has a chardonnay on hand, besides a gew├╝rztraminer and in the summertime a roussanne. Three Rivers has to offer a chardonnay, gew├╝rztraminer, a Meritage White,
riesling, and a sauvignon blanc. There there is Dunham Cellars that as at least three whites...shall I go on?

Cheers,
C~