Thursday, June 21, 2012

Grape Fest

This sweet oil painting, sized 12x12 square on a cradled Masonite board, is currently on display at the newly opened Canoe Ridge Tasting Room. I have 6 paintings on display there. A couple of my artist friends also have art on display.

Perched high upon a ridge overlooking the Columbia River Gorge the tasting room feels a bit more like an art gallery with a wine service inside. Floor to ceiling windows grace one side of the room, casting glorious light onto the artwork hung on an interesting metal wave wall inside. Their official opening is July 1st, so won't you come out and see this lovely location? I hear the wine is quite good, also. They are a subsidiary of Chateau St Michelle winery.

"Grape Fest", 12"x12" oil painting on cradled masonite board, ©Laura Gable, .

Per Wine Press Northwest:
"For the first time since the 1990s, Washington's oldest winery will have a tasting room in Eastern Washington.

Chateau Ste. Michelle will open a tasting room at its Canoe Ridge Estate facility west of Paterson beginning Sunday. The facility - where all of Ste. Michelle's red wines are made - was built nearly 20 years ago but has never been open to the public. Beginning Sunday and going through Oct. 15, it will be opened from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

The tasting room is on Highway 14, just east of Crow Butte Park, about 15 minutes west of Columbia Crest.

Ste. Michelle used to have a tasting room in Grandview, but it closed in 1990.

This gives the state's largest wine producer six tasting rooms east of the Cascades. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates owns Columbia Crest (Paterson), Snoqualmie Vineyards (Prosser), Northstar (Walla Walla) and Spring Valley Vineyards (Walla Walla), and it co-owns Col Solare (Red Mountain) with Marchese Antinori of Italy."

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