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Sunset declares Bainbridge “the Northwest’s new wine destination”

Think a visit to Bainbridge Island, aka “one of the Northwest’s most happening destinations,” is all about drinking wine at wine tasting rooms, and then drinking wine at Fort Ward, and then drinking wine on wine tours and then drinking wine with some boeuf bourguignon*?

No, it is not. It is also about going for a “glide around Eagle Harbor in an electric cruise boat.” Don’t like electric boats? Mostly want to find new ways of drinking more wine? Sorry, there is “no excuse” but to glide in an electric boat.

For more guidance, turn to the latest issue of Sunset Magazine.

*French for “beef with some more wine”

Winemakers honored as business people of the year

Gerard and Jo Ann Bentryn have been named the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce couple of the year.

The Bentryns will be honored at a roast and toast celebration at 11:30 a.m. banquet May 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Wing Point Golf & Country Club. They also will serve as the Grand Marshals in the Chamber’s Grand Old Fourth of July Parade.

They’ve been farming for about 45 years, first in Europe and now on Bainbridge.

Over the years the Bentryns have donated more than $400,000 to island and Kitsap County causes, according to the chamber.

Bainbridge wine will flow on April 24

The growing number of Bainbridge winemakers will showcase the fruits of their labor during a tasting event on Saturday, April 24.

Bainbridge Uncorked! will feature seven Bainbridge wineries, including two that use island-grown grapes and berries.

“This is a great opportunity to meet the winemakers and try some of their new releases,” said the event’s organizer, Kim Hendrickson. “There are some wonderful new wines being made on this island that show how far we’ve come as a wine-making area.”

In recent years, the island has seen the rise of three tasting rooms within a short walk of the Winslow ferry terminal.

Bainbridge Uncorked! will be held at the plaza on the south end of Madison Avenue, next to Doc’s Marina Grill. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

The $30 advance tickets are available at Doc’s and through islandwineweekend.com. Tickets are $35 at the gate. Admission includes food and wine samples. Proceeds will benefit the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association.

Hendrickson said Bainbridge Uncorked! is aimed at whetting appetites for a larger, three-day event planned for October. The event will feature visits to island wineries as well as a dinner cooked-up with Kitsap County-grown ingredients.

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The island’s wine flood


My favorite part of Steve Landau’s story on Kitsap County’s (but mostly Bainbridge’s) winery boom is island winemaker Hugh Remash’s comment comparing wine-making to cooking up a pot of stew. Kinda deflates the hoity toity-ness of it all.

By the way, this is the second storyin the Sun in less than a week that references the book “The Omnivores Dilemma.” Guess it’s time I study up.