Did you know March is Washington Wine Month?
Neither did I.
But Rebecca Dove-Taylor did, and she’s planning a celebration
that everyone’s invited to attend. As the owner of The Manette
Saloon and Side Bar, Dove-Taylor contacted three other Manette
businesses asking them if they’d be interested in participating in
a Manette Wine Walk.
She’s planned the event to recognize Washington wine month, but
more importantly to bring the community together for a night of
wine appreciation and of course some good old fashioned fun.
The idea came from Poulsbo, where the Historic Downtown Poulsbo
Association has held two wine walks between five of its downtown
After attending Poulsbo’s event and seeing its success,
Dove-Taylor decided it was time to do something similar in Manette.
So she got on the phone and started calling her neighboring
It didn’t take much convincing, Dove-Taylor said. La Fermata,
The Boat Shed and Der Blokken Brewery all eagerly agreed to
The event is planned for Thursday, March 31 from 6 to 9
p.m. Every stop is within walking distance along Eleventh
Street in Manette.
Participants should start at The Manette to purchase their
passports, which grant entry for the evening. From there you can
start trying wines and food at the saloon and next door at the Side
Bar before moving on to the other venues to get your passports
stamped and to try the different wines.
For $10, participants get tastings at each destination and food
samples. Those who visit every stop and get their passports stamped
along the way also get an extra 10 percent off food items purchased
that night from the participating restaurants, Dove-Taylor
“Ten dollars for a tasting and some food is awesome,” she
The wines poured will be from Washington, but Dove-Taylor wasn’t
sure what wines everyone planned to select. At her establishments,
Dove-Taylor wants to feature a local winemaker and has plans to
pour one of their wines and have their other wines available for
She has high hopes the Manette Wine Walk will become a quarterly
“We’re just trying to pull the community together,” she
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