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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS B6 WEDNESDAY~ JITNE 3~ 2009 TO SUBMnr/gq Mire (P~NDM! ITEM: Call 392-6434, ext. 237, or newsclerk@iss- press.com. Submit A&E story Ideas to isspress@isspress.com. BY CHANTELLE LUSEBRINK JUNE DownTown Issaquah Association presents ArtWalk from 5.-9 p.m. Sunny Hills Elementary School students will display and sell their black-and-white photography at the Issaquah Train Depot. Proceeds go to charity. Greta Matassa, with Darin Clendenin and Clipper Anderson, per- forms from 7:45-10 p.m. at Bake's Place, 4135 Providence Point Drive S:E.Tickets are $25. Call 391-3335 or go to www.bakesplace.org. NewAge Ramenco performs from 8-11 p.m. at Vino Bella, 99 Front St. N. Call 391-1424. Weodrush performs from 8-11 p.m. at Stan's Bar-B-Q, 58 Front St. Call 392-4551. Angle Masterson and The Studebakers per- form from 5-9 p.m. during ArtWalk at Grimaldi's, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 47. Call 427-8161. Melelanl Hula Studio presents =Walklkl," a Hawaiian hula show, at 11:30 a.m. at Picketing Barn, 1730 lOth Ave. N.W. Entry is a $2 donation. Call 206-818-5837. The Eric Maddis Jazz Quartet per- forms from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Vino Bella. The Gall Pettis Quartet performs from 7:45- 10 p.m. at Bake's Place.Tickets are $25. Oarren Motamedy performs from 8-11 p.m. at Pogacha of Issaquah, 120 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 392-5550. The Issaquah Singers free concert, "Sing, Sing, Sing," is at 7:30 p.m. at the Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish. Go to www.issaquahsingers.com. Violinist Joel Gamble performs from 7-9 p.m. at Grimaldi's. The Sammamish Symphony presents =Music Around the World" at 2 p.m. at the Eastlake Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish. Adults are $15, seniors and students are $10 and children under 20 are free. Tickets are available at the door, online at www.ticketweb.com or by calling 1- 800-965-4827 toll-free. The Brass Brand Northwest Spring Concert, featuring Issaquah musi- cians, is at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue. E- mail info@brassband nw.org. eing the first legally approved American Viticultural Area in the state in 1983, Yakima has kept its title as the Wild West of wine country, where sipping, swirling and tasting aren't just for expert oenophiles. "We've been to some wineries in Napa, or in France and Italy, where we've waited hours to just try a little sample and that was it. But here is different," said Mary Davies, of Stanwood. "You have access to the wines and their wine- makers." In Yakima Valley, you'll find more than 60 wineries stretched along Interstate 82 from the base of the Cascade Mountains in the west to the Kiona Hills near Rich- land in the east. In Yakima, it's not uncommon to find winemakers wandering around their vineyards in shorts and flip-flops, leading their own tours and answering questions. It's the relaxed, no-frills attitude that makes Yakima welcoming of experienced palates and those just learning. "Our age group is much more educated about wine and we like to have fun," said Matthew Rawn, 32, co-owner at Two Mountain Winery, 20 minutes east of Yakima. "But there is still that intimida- tion factor when individuals say, 'I don't know what to taste or what I'm supposed to smell.' BY ANDREA COLLINS One of several hundred Yakima Valley wine country flags flies high on a light post near Benton City. BY ANDREA COLLINS 'Barrel Babes' Kathy Hodge and Mary Green, Spring Barrel Tasting volunteers at Tapteil Estate, demonstrate how the age of two American oak barrels influence the flavor of the same 2007 syrah. In the Yakima Valley, 12,000 acres of wine grape vines, like syrah vines (nght), dot the landscape. "Our deal here is you don't have to know. Only two words are important when tasting wine in our book, yes or no. Do you like it or not?" At Two Mountain, you can sip merlot straight from the barrel during the re- gion's Spring Barrel Tasting in late April. This helps people understand the stages of a wine in process. You're encouraged to ask questions. WEEKEND WANDERER YAKIMA VALLEY On the Web www.wineyakimavalley.org "Barrel tasting is fun. We enjoyit be, cause it brings several generations to- gether, including 20-somethings and we actually enjoy talking to them, Matthew from Benton City. Rawn said about he and his brother Climb into the hills and you'll find sev- Patrick, 28. Even the largest wineries, like Mercer Estates and Hogue Cellars in Benton City -- about an hour east of Yakima -- haven't drifted far from their roots, de- spite using the latest technology, like a screw top-and-cork-bottling machine and a laboratory specifically used for testing cork materials for quality control. Ask anything of Dave Copeland, the plant manager. "Some are all about formalities, and you have cork dorks that try to impress you with their knowledge," Copeland said. "Here, this is a place to get started. That is the beauty of Yakima. This is the place where wine started, and it's as much about the wine as it is about edu- cation and the people behind the wine." While in Benton City, check out the storefronts of other wineries like Cowan Vineyards; Alexandria Nicole, Kestrel and Heaven's Cave. Traveling east? Make sure you make it to Red Mountain, only seven miles east eral wineries, like Tapteil Estate, Col So- lare Wmery and High Tower Cellars. During spring barrel tasting, Tapteil pulls out the stops to help novices gain experience by testing their palates with the same 2007 syrah grapes in two American oak barrels. "We're demonstrating the difference of an oak barrel on the same wine," said Kathy Hodge, one of two volunteer "bar- rel babes." "By the time the barrel has been used for a third time, it takes on a neutral tone and leaves the wine with less oak intensity." TASE Uff A PRO Look: Hold the glass by the stem and look; it should be bright and clear, not hazy or cloudy. Swirl: To get the full aroma, fill a large wine glass one-third of the way and swirl. Smell: Inhale deeply through your nose and try to identify what you smell - tobacco, citrus, apple, etc. Taste: Sip and roll the wine around in your mouth to reach all of your taste buds. Then, breathe air through your lips to release the aromas. Spit: If you taste several wines at an event, spit to avoid imbibing too much alco- hol. If you're trying a few wines, swallow. From: Washington Wine Commission "That is why we come here," Dave Davies said. "I like the idea of being able to talk to the people in the field who grew Owners Larry and Jane Pearson said the grapes. They are very open here their philosophy is to open their doors to about how they cultivate them, why they anyone with an interest, do what they do and what they are trying "It's more about the people that come to do. Everyone here has a different idea here than it is about us," Larry Pearson of how it should be done, and they all said. "We want them to have a unique have their own distinct stories and, as a experience." result, different wines." For experienced Everett-area residents and winerygoers, like Dave and Mary Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434. Davies and their daughter, Andrea, 26, ext. 241, or clasebrink@isspress.com. Comment on the basics never get old. this article at www.issaquahpress.com: oAvii, I I n a rainy, slow after- noon, artist Ricco diS- I tefano discovered that X working on a piece w outside, in front of the Up Front [art] gallery, actually brought in customers who pur- chased art. Another method the art collec- tive members have discovered that got the community excited about art is artEAST's annual Ashley Weiss fundraiser, 150 Feet of Art. Ex- ecutive Manager Anne Anderson said rather than having a tradi- tional, and costly, event at a venue in hard economic times, the 150 Feet of Art auction made more sense. "This has become one of our biggest fundraisers," she said. "Last year, we netted over $10,000. But it is very afford- able. Anyone can walk out with a completely original piece of art for less than $350." The idea is simple. Artists both from artEAST's own stable of artists and their friends sub- mit an original work, confined to a 12-by-12-inch canvas. In some cases, the art is 3-D or even a sculpture, still held within the bounds of the one square foot. DiStefano said ide- they'd have 150 artists con- uting 150 works. So far, they've got about 80 different Gred Barrel artists. The key, he added, is kicking off the fundraiser on an ArtWalk night, an event that fea- tures several venues in down- town Issaquah featuring local artists within easy walking dis- tance. "ArtWalk is a great way to get the best bang for your buck," diStefano said. "They do it effi- ciently and have made it a big deal and a part of Issaquah. It only made sense to tie it logisti- Veronique LeMerre cally to 150 Feet of Art." Co-manager Karen Abel said artEAST's fundraiser is itself growing in popularity. "This art show and auction is particularly enjoyable for artEAST because so many of our members, their artist friends and even their children and area students participate," she said. The artwork will be debuted at an opening reception June 5. IFYOU GO 150 Feet of Art Kickoff party 5-9 p.m. June 5 Up Front [art], 48 Front St. N. Closing reception 5-9 p.m. June 19 Customers are invited to place bids in the store or online up to the closing reception June 19. Abel said bidding starts at $50, making all of the original art af- fordable. "The result is a varied, ener- gized show that brings the gallery to life," she said. "It's a way for the membership and the community to get to know the artists andart supporters of artEAST." Reach Reporter David Hayes at 392-. 6434, ext. 237, or dhayes@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. There Is No Substitute For Quality Our Warranties Show That Everything Fixed Correctly, Completely And Cleanly! EASTSIDE MOBILE GLASS, Inc. 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