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Manette Wine Walk a success

I missed Thursday’s Manette Wine Walk — unfortunately work kept me in the office and off the streets of Manette. But Mary made the journey and said it was a blast. Here’s her recount of the night:

Mary writes:

It was a sell out. Rebecca Dove-Taylor, owner of The Manette Saloon and Side Bar, was thrilled with the attendance to the first Manette Wine Walk last night. One hundred thirty seven passports were sold in the first hour, and the response was so great that one restaurant ran ou of wine in the first hour.

Dove-Taylor planned the event to bring the community together for a night of wine appreciation and to bring attention to Manette restaurants. The weather cooperated, which may have contributed to the sell-out crowd — what a charming sight seeing so many people strolling up and down Eleventh Street.

For $10, participants tasted wine and sampled food at the Manette Saloon, Boatshed, Der Bloken and for some, La Fermata.

Participants started at The Manette to purchase their passports, where they sampled wines from Olympic Cellars Winery out of Port Angeles (known for their “Working Girl Wines”). Go Girl Red (a blend of Merlot and Lemberger) and Handyman Red (Cab, Merlot and Cab Franc) were paired with hummus, pita chips, fresh vegetables and stuffed mushrooms.

When I asked why she had picked this particular winery, she said, “I’m a ‘Working Girl’ and I just love their wines.”

The absolutely packed Boatshed served up Chateau Ste. Michelle’s ’09 Chardonnay and ’08 Cab. The food samples were eye appealing and there was something for every palate. Olives, hummus, blackberries, strawberries, fresh mozzarella balls, Gouda, salami and prosciutto.

Der Blokken Brewery was serving up Charles Smith’s Velvet Devil Merlot. This was gone by the time I made it up the hill. But they were serving Smith’s Eve Chardonnay as a substitute.

Dove-Taylor has invited the newest Manette restaurant Orion to the next Wine Walk the end of June as plans for a quarterly event move forward.

Celebrate Washington Wine in Manette

Brynn writes:

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 restaurants.

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 restaurateurs.

It didn’t take much convincing, Dove-Taylor said. La Fermata, The Boat Shed and Der Blokken Brewery all eagerly agreed to participate.

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 said.

“Ten dollars for a tasting and some food is awesome,” she said.

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 purchase.

She has high hopes the Manette Wine Walk will become a quarterly event.

“We’re just trying to pull the community together,” she said.