Category Archives: True Story

What I’ve Been Up To

I tend to disappear for weeks on end and then come back with a trickle of new posts (and then occasionally, a flood), and this time I’ve been gone from blogging for a month and a half! Partly, the busy season in Walla Walla has been heating up, and partly I’ve been focusing on other projects.

We went back down to Sonoma again last month for a delicious wine luncheon at Kosta Browne winery and a day of wine and beer tasting, which I’ll post fully about soon!

I‘ve also been pretty active going to tasting groups and wine events around Walla Walla (again, more posts to come!). In the last month, I’ve been to a sparkling wine tasting, a Burgundy tasting, a viognier tasting, and a Crawfish Boil (Rotie’s annual spring event).

But the main project that’s been taking up my free time has been my volunteer work doing social media for Shakespeare Walla Wallathe local nonprofit Shakespeare organization. We just recently had The Importance of Being Earnest on the stage, and I ran a fun (but time consuming!) social media campaign for it that involved a bowler hat and a treasure hunt! We have a lot of downtown Walla Walla businesses that support us, so we pitched this idea to them at the beginning of April; every day leading up to opening night, we would leave Earnest’s bowler hat at a different downtown business and post photo clues to our facebook page. Anyone who went in to the business and told the employees “I’m looking for my friend Earnest” got an immediate discount code for tickets. It was a lot of fun; I love that being in a small town allows for this kind of promotion with other businesses.

The show itself was hilarious (as Wilde always is- I think it’s hard to screw up when every line from his plays is quotable), and I’m glad that Walla Walla is developing more in terms of arts and culture- it pairs well with the wine culture here!

Hopefully, I will be able to make more time to blog now that the show is over (although we have a few more shows coming up- Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder next week, and Julius Caesar and Two Gentlemen of Verona this summer!) As always, I have a running list in my head of things I want to write about.

True Story: Sending Notes Like it’s 4th Grade

photo by c.mcbrien via flikr
photo by c.mcbrien via flikr

True Story: I am a 4th grader at heart. I wasn’t sure I wanted to admit this publicly, but I have been sending notes to Spencer at El Corazon Winery, scribbled on business cards and scratch paper via tasting room customers that I’ve sent their way, pleading for them to set aside two bottles of the El Corazon rosé for me. I wasn’t sure any of the notes actually made it to them, so I finally just gave them a call to ask them to hold some for me, but I still find the idea of sending notes between wineries way fun.

Also, I am really excited about this rosé (I know, I know…I will move on to other types of wine soon, I promise!); I got a chance to taste it the other day when one of my friends/coworkers opened a bottle, and it was (as he put it) the BOMB. Apparently there were only 2 more cases of it left when I called, so I’m glad I didn’t just rely on my notes. I’m hoping they remember to save those two bottles for me!

True Story: White Chardonnay

I was pouring at an event put on by a local organization, largely very pleasant people who were mostly non-wine drinkers. One of the less pleasant people came up to the bar, inspected the wine we were pouring, and pompously asked, “Is that a white Chardonnay?”

I really hate to judge people who don’t know about wine, because I get it. Not everyone knows about wine. But I do, in my heart of hearts, judge people who pretend that they know a lot about wine and act pompous about it.

A Lesson to Take Away: Chardonnay is always white and please be polite to your servers.