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    The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps. Plus "recent" news.
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  • News Hounds
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  • HistoryLink
    Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.

right-wing blogs we like

  • The Reagan Wing
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  • Orbusmax
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  • The Radio Equalizer
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June 08, 2008



My favorite part of the state, for sure. But since you are a wealthy writer and such, and I am....not, it is nice to read about all those places and experience it vicariously.
This goes into my travel file under "next time."

joanie hussein

What a wonderful read, Michael. I love road trips and can't wait for our yearly trek to Chelan.

We will have to include detours taking us to some of these various places. Last year's attempts at winery stops was ill-planned and unproductive.

Walla Walla? I would never have thought a market existed in Walla Walla for such high achievers in the culinary arts! I imagine that these entrepreneurs are not rolling in "dough" and that their trade is somewhat seasonal? Mainly tourists?

Or have these small towns experienced such growth that they can sustain wonderful eateries described above?

Your post piques my curiosity.

BTW, one of my vegetarian parents this year gave me a book called Omnivore's Dilemma. I thought of that at your mention of pig heart above. There is a limit to the choices on my personal menu.

Anyway, great column and sounds like you had a really fun time. Sorry and glad you missed posting. We missed you.


Joanie, WW is becoming a mecca for the wine lovers of the West. It is a year-round destination, and their wines are delectable...and expensive! They really are becoming the Napa of the north. Because of the costs involved,we have been focusing our forays around Red Mountain and the Columbia Valley...just as excellent and half the price. When we'd go to WW, we'd stay in the EconoLodge because it takes dogs and has free wi-fi and didn't cost a week's wages! So, there are much nicer lodgings in Tri-Cities that take doggies, have the wi-fi and they throw in free breakfast. Ice House Brewery has great fish and chips,
(I am not a huge beer fan but their food is good) and there is a really good Mexican restaurant in Kennewick we visit each time. So, our culinary experience in Eastern WA is a lot different than Michael's but maybe someday we can visit some of those places too.

By the way, can you elaborate on how your winery visit was un-productive? I love going into unknown wineries to see if their stuff is good or crappy...in hot weather, most let PuppyDog come in and lie on the cool tile or cement floors. We learn a lot about the process of winemaking and marketing every time we visit with the owners. Kinda like being able to go chat up a chef at a nice restaurant..if you could do such a thing.

joanie hussein

Ah, sorry, Sparky. I just returned from having brunch with my twelve kids, their twelve SO's, and my sixty-four grandkids.

Now, regarding winery tours. I said ill-planned? Well, how about - "hey, guys, let's catch a few wineries on the way..."

We tried. Went out of our way for a couple (two) only to find that one (kind of by the Gorge) was more interested in our buying cute things and cookbooks while the guy behind the wine counter continued talking to a neighbor of some sort. (He wasn't a traveler!)

Guess we could have ordered a bottle but we were sort of interested in ambiance as well. There wasn't any.

Then we went to another one off the beaten track which wasn't open yet.

I had googled a winery map of sorts and we tried. It really needs to be a trip all by itself with definite confirmed reservations - at least confirmed that they are open-type reservations.

We decided it was time to just move on to Chelan.

The best winery visits we've had are those we run into on our smaller day trips. We found a teeny-tiny one near Coupeville, I think, that was a ramshackle kind of place with a sign out front. The proprietor was great fun, we shared a lot of memories, and he poured freely. We bought freely as well.

Maybe we were supposed to roll up in our Rolls to get the "treatment" at the first.

Who knows?

I'm still a novice at winery tours.

Lazy Murrow

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If you ever go into a Safeway, go to the wine department and ask for the 2008 guide to Washington Wineries. It lists them all and the days and hours they are open. We dont go to the ones that require an appointment because then you are inferring you will buy something from them...and what if the wine is crap? We also dont go into the ones that charge a tasting fee..again, what if it is crap? I come home with a lot of bottles of different kinds since we only go over about 3 times a year, and some of them can only be purchased at the winery. So we are not ones to go in and eat and drink up all the free stuff and then leave. I know what you mean about inattentive servers..that is one thing that will make us walk out. We don't need personalized service, but being acknowledged that we have come in to taste would be nice. We have found that more to be the case in WW than Red Mountain or Columbia Valley.
Chelan and Leavenworth are on the list of to do's. Gotta rob a bank first to pay for gas.


C'mon chucks. Come out to play. Sparky misses you. So do I - a little bit. A teeny-tiny bit. (imagine a smiley face here)

Without salesman, who would have sold me my beloved place at Birch Bay and little Subie?

Besides, I'm leaving for a few hours.


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