• Harvest Countdown

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    With the 2014 harvest just around the corner in Walla Walla, here is a recap of our summer weather from winemaker Chuck Reininger:

    2014 so far has been on fire, literally and figuratively, but don’t expect an early harvest. Plants slow down their ripening process at temperatures above c.95 degrees to conserve moisture by shutting down photosynthesis.

    We’ve been hovering around triple digits the entire month of July. Walla Walla to date has accumulated 1917 “degree days,” 310 more than the running average since 2008.

    I anticipate harvest beginning around the same time as last year – September 8 – as a result of this phenomenon. Canopy management to guard against sunburn is very important this year.

    There’s also concern regarding forest fires. Our vineyards did not experience any smoke taint a few years ago, the last time there were significant fires. However, the smoke did block a significant amount of light waves, enough to also slow ripening, according to research by Washington State University.

    Thank you for your continued support of Reininger and Helix. Stay tuned for more crush updates in the coming weeks!

     

    #WWharvest

  • A Fall Dessert to Love: Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake

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    Chocloate Pumpkin Cheesecake photoThis past weekend my friend Nan brought a beautiful and delicious cheesecake to a fall gathering of food. Though I’m not going out on a limb to suggest a wine pairing, this is one of those desserts that is visually stunning and worthy of your holiday table!  Kudos to Nan’s teenage daughter, Anna, who created the decorative swirls.  Nan says it’s not difficult to make the cake or the swirls… The directions for creating the swirls are included in the recipe, and there’s additional information on how to make other swirled patterns. Lastly, don’t miss the whipped cream with sour cream and honey.

    The recipe hails from Fine Cooking Magazine, and here’s the link:

    http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/chocolate-swirled-pumpkin-cheesecake.aspx

    Happy Fall Baking

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    Quiz : What’s Your Reininger Wine Preference?

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    All of us are beginners at some point. I remember my first sip of the 2003 Reininger Ash Hollow Cabernet Sauvignon as a newby Reininger employee. It was my “aha!” wine moment, but before that I pretty much thought everything tasted either white or red, and I am a native Walla Wallan (the shame!).

    I will let you in on a secret though, something that we use at the winery to help our tasters find what they are looking for: the flavors you enjoy in all foods and drinks can help identify your wine preferences. It’s so simple! Since you’re not in the tasting room with us right now, check out our handy quiz to help you decipher what your wine preferences are in lightening fast time!

    1. Which coffee would you order?

    a. Americano
    b. Latté
    c. Cold-brew with milk

    If you answered:

    a. You like a little get up ‘n go! Try the Reininger Carmenere or the Helix Cabernet Sauvignon, both have plenty of flavor and sparkly acid to excite your palate.
    b. Lush and smooth, you’ll enjoy the Reininger Malbec for it’s unctuous texture and full-bodied fruit.
    c. If you like a little less acid and a creamier mouthfeel, you’ll love the Reininger Merlot and the Helix Pomatia.

    2. What’s your cold craving at 10p?

    a. Chocolate gelato
    b. Lemon sorbet
    c. Vanilla bean ice cream

    If you answered:

    a. You like big, rich, and full of the essential flavor profile. Try the Reininger or Helix Syrah!
    b. Bright and light, you’ll enjoy the Reininger Semillion for it’s succulent tartness or the Helix Rosé for a refreshing sip of summer.
    c. If you love that creamy sweetness, you’ll love the Reininger Late Harvest Viognier or even the Reininger Reserve Chardonnay.

    3. Imagine you have a fresh loaf of french bread, what do you put on it?

    a. Blackberry jam
    b. Olive tapenade
    c. Paté

    If you answered:

    a. Big dark fruits and well-balanced acid are your bag. You can’t go wrong with the Reininger Anomaly or the Reininger Syrah. So. Good.
    b. With a craving for savory earthiness, the Helix SoRho will never do you wrong.
    c. Rich, fatty, and full flavored cravers will love a rich, sculpted wine like the Reininger Desiderata.

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    Summer Picks from Helix – The Three Amigos

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    Check out these warm-weather wines from Helix, our Columbia Valley wines sourced from top vineyards east of the Cascades.

    • Helix wines = Value, Scores, Food-Friendly, Nice Acidity and a Great Finish.
    • Helix and Reininger are family owned by the Reininger and Tucker families, 5th generation Washington/Oregon wheat farmers.
    • Helix is named for a family-owned wheat farm near the tiny NE Oregon town of Helix, population 185.
    • Chuck Reininger crafts our Helix wines using top-producing Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Vineyards.


    2011 Helix Chardonnay, Columbia Valley – 90 Points and Editors Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    “The Helix Chardonnay is a lush offering of pineapple flavor, plus a leesy, mineral-soaked mid-palate that is supremely refreshing. It has terrific acidity and persistence on the palate.”
    - Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast

    New Release! 2009 Helix Pomatia, Columbia Valley – 88 Points and Editors Choice Wine Enthusiast Magazine (July 2013 issue)
    Grab a fork and gorge. Gorge on the huge black raspberry, gorge on the dried black cherries and over-ripe fig. I love the soft and oh so fine tannin structure that refuses to be out muscled by its powerful fruit cousins. Infused and chewy, it’s macerated fruit with vanilla and a whisper of sage. Fire up the Odyssey honey, were heading to the club for some Prime Rib.
    -Chuck Reininger, Winemaker

    Just Released! 2012 Helix Rose, Columbia Valley
    Juicy summer fruit lovers will flip for this one. Take a whiff and smell the aromas of rose blossom and watermelon. Fresh strawberry and watermelon carry over to the palate with a silky round texture. It’s a sexy summer sipper with nice acidity and a long finish. Pair with salmon, steelhead, tuna, halibut, bouillabaisse, and summer salads.
    -Chuck Reininger, Winemaker

  • Wine for Your Wedding

    Wine for Your Wedding? Reininger’s Got the Answers.

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    Well here we are, right in the thick of wedding season. May’s unpredictable, bring your umbrella and coat over your sundress weddings are over, and we are scooting right along into the beautiful early summer events. This post is really intended for those who are planning a wedding this summer and need some tips on wine selection for the big day. Obviously it would work well for any summer event as well.

    Many couples are going for a wine and beer reception, skipping the open bar in favor of a less liquor-induced evening, hoping that their guests will have memorable conversations and fun while avoiding the blinding blackouts so easy to obtain with hard alcohol. Whatever the reasoning is, it’s probably a pretty good decision. Having personally been to weddings that were supposed to be wine and beer only, I can say with absolute certainty that nothing positive happens after a hidden tequila bottle makes its way to the dance floor. At my sister’s wedding, for instance, a guest ended up passed out in my parents’ front yard covered in her own vomit and her lady bits on display after a dress malfunction. Bad news. But, I digress.

    Tips and Tricks for Wine at Your Wedding:

    #1 Buy in bulk! Almost every winery will give you a case discount. Maybe if you are really nice and tell them it’s for your wedding, they will give you a little extra off the total purchase. It never hurts to ask. It also never hurts to practice your “nice smile” in the mirror. Check with your venue/caterer first to make sure you can bring outside wine in!

    #2 Although sparkling wine is a wedding fixture, consider also serving one red and one white still wine if the reception includes a meal or hors d’oeuvres. Professional wedding planners advocate serving equal amounts of red and white wine—if only so you don’t disappoint half the crowd. For a Walla Walla crowd, maybe plan on 2/3 red to 1/3 white.

    #3 For those who want to pour just one wine with the meal, there is a happy compromise: dry Rosé, a wine that’s refreshing and also substantial enough to drink with sturdy foods. You know how I feel about a delicious Rosé in the summer…

    #4 Top picks for white wines : Chardonnay, oaked or unoaked is always a crowd pleaser, and Sauvignon Blanc is easy to pair with lighter foods.

    #5 Top picks for red wines : Cabernet Sauvignon is the U.S.’s favorite red varietal, but unless you’re serving up hearty dishes like grilled beef or lamb, it might be easier to go for something a little lighter and versatile. Consider a Sangiovese or Pinot Noir for easier pairing.

    #6 Your sparkler doesn’t have to be pricy! If you are wanting to serve a sparkling wine with cake or during toasts, don’t forget about Prosecco, Cava, Asti, and Sekt. Champagne can be delicious, but you’ll often find a better deal for a better wine if you stick with a lesser-known sparkler.

    #7 Wine with dessert. IF you are serving a specific wine with dessert, make sure it has a little sweetness to it. Too-dry wines can taste metallic and acrid when paired with sweet cakes and frostings.

    #8 It’s always better to have too much. One of my family’s favorite sayings when it comes to food is that “excess is never enough” (are we descended from Marie Antionette?). Nothing is worse than a wedding that runs out of wine. Nothing, that is, aside from a mentally unstable ex-girlfriend showing up.

    #9 Each bottle has 5 servings in it. Count it. 5. You cannot get 8 glasses of wine from a bottle unless you are serving communion. Most caterers estimate that each guest will drink (on average) half a bottle of wine over two hours. If your reception goes for about 4 hours, count on a full bottle for each guest.

    #10 Consider the season. While tons of weddings happen between May and September, remember that you need something more refreshing for warmer months and fuller-bodied for colder months.

    #11 Skip the personalised bottle. If you’re serving good wine, don’t cover it up with your names, for goodness’ sake. Also, if you have ever tried to remove labels from a bottle and place new ones on so that they are straight, you will quickly realise that what you thought was a two hour project is actually going to take you closer to two full days…and that’s if you have a label machine. Trust me on this; it’s not worth your time.

    AAAAnnnnnndddd…

    JUST IN CASE you are supposed to give a speech at someone’s wedding this summer, here is a great NY Times article with a few tips and tricks for a memorable monologue…in the good way.

    Best of luck in love and life!

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    A Veritable Vintage Variation Quandry (or) Why Does Vintage Matter?

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    Imagine you were strolling along through your local grocery store looking for some peanut butter for your favorite peanut butter toast when – my goodness! – you are assaulted with an aisle positively FILLED TO THE BRIM with different peanut butter options from different regions, organic, non-organic, and, worst of all, with a vintage on them. Ok, so some of these options really do exist for even something as basic as peanut butter (I can’t believe I just called one of my very favorite foods “basic”, but let’s be realistic) but never, like wine, the vintage. Why the heck does wine vintage matter so much, anyway?

    This is called vintage variation and it affects certain wines and growing regions more than others. Cooler climates and regions with higher variable weather (eh hem…Washington) tend to have greater variation between vintages. No other fine food seems to be as helpless to inclement weather than the wine industry. Like any other agricultural product, the potential of a wine hinges on the growing conditions for that year.

    Vintage variation is simply the difference in how a wine tastes from year to year based on the weather’s influence on the grapes during a growing season. Wine regions throughout the world with higher variable climates tend to have more extreme vintage variation. Poorly timed bad weather can have a devastating effect on the wine for that year. Vintage ratings can only ever be a guide: in good years more producers will tend to come up with the goods, but if a winemaker is worth their flatbread (haha), they’ll make a decent wine every year. But no matter how skilled a winemaker is at masking the differences, no two vintages of the same wine will ever be exactly alike. With most products, that would be a flaw. With wine, it’s part of its magic.

    Climate Indicators of a Not-So-Awesome Vintage
    • Rain at the end of a growing season can lead to watery grapes with less flavor.
    • Frost at the beginning of the season can kill the precious flowering buds that grow into grapes (flashback to Walla Walla 2004!).
    • A damp early season affects young vines that don’t photosynthesize properly and can cause Coulore which reduces the grape crop.

    These are the climates with the highest vintage variation:

    • Northern Italy
    • France
    • New Zealand
    • Chile
    • Oregon & Washington State

    Yes, you may have noted that both Washington and Oregon states are on the list.

    Here are a few tips to help you out on your next wine-buying adventure:

    • Since the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere are 6 months apart, it is not uncommon to see a bad vintage in France and a great vintage in Australia.
    • A bad vintage for red wines can mean a good vintage for white wines. A cooler vintage develops white wines with crisp acidity.
    • Sometimes it takes a vintage a lot longer to come around. If you’re sitting on a good wine from a less-than-stellar vintage, try waiting. Sometimes a good ol’ rest in the cellar is all a wine needs to develop those characteristics of a better year.
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    Memorial Day deliciousness! Memorial Day deliciousness! Malbec, Rosé, slow-roasted pig…oh my!

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    Memorial Day…the time to pull out the barbeque, bocce ball set, and set up camp in the backyard with your friends. That is, of course, if you aren’t at Sasquatch, backpacking, or taking the long weekend to hit up a Club Med. Nothing goes better with hanging out with friends than massive amounts of pig, a few soft buns, and scrummy wine. What’s more American than a ton of meat? Nothing, I tell you. If you haven’t ever attempted homemade pulled pork, it’s actually really simple and yields delicious results. I highly recommend this recipe from the Barbecue Bible, Steven Raichlan’s ode to all things barbecued, meaty, and delicious. My family loves North Carolina style pulled pork because that’s what my dad grew up with in Kentucky. Its vinegar-based sauce brings out the natural sweetness of the pork instead of covering it with a cloyingly sugary syrup mess. Just start this sucker the night before you’re party and you’ll have succulent, homemade pulled pork to impress all of your friends with. THIS is finger-lickin’ good.

    Some people think it’s probably hard to pair wine with pulled pork. It’s not. Here are my suggestions, but you’ll just have to try a few bottles to see which pairing you like best. For those who love the boldness of barbeque, the Reininger Malbec is fantastic. This wine is bold and deeply fruity, without the “hot” acidity of other varietals. If you are in the mood for something lighter and fresher, the Helix Rosé is a fantastic, if not more refreshing choice. Again, it will compliment the natural piggy sweetness instead of adding to the vinegary acidity of the sauce. Make sure to keep some beer around as well…this is Memorial Day weekend, after all.

    North Caroline Pulled Pork

    From the Barbecue Bible by Steven Raichlan

    Advance preparation

    • 3 to 8 hours for marinating the meat (optional); also, allow yourself 4 to 6 hours cooking time

    Special equipment

    • 6 cups hickory chips or chunks, soaked for 1 hour in cold water to cover and drained

    For the rub (optional)

    • 1 tablespoon mild paprika
    • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    For the barbecue

    • 1 Boston butt (bone-in pork shoulder roast; 5 to 6 pounds), covered with a thick (1/2 inch) layer of fat
    • 8 Brioche buns (or hamburger buns)
    • Coleslaw (store-bought or homemade)
    For the sauce

    • 2 cups cider vinegar
    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
    • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar, or more to taste
    • 5 teaspoons salt, or more to taste
    • 4 teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

    Combine the vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and white pepper with 1 1/3 cups of water in a nonreactive medium-size bowl and whisk until the sugar and salt dissolve. Taste for seasoning, adding more brown sugar and/or salt as necessary; the sauce should be piquant but not quite sour.

    BBQ Prep

    1. If using the rub, combine the mild paprika, brown sugar, hot paprika, celery salt, garlic salt, dry mustard, pepper, onion powder, and salt in a bowl and toss with your fingers to mix. Wearing rubber or plastic gloves if desired, rub the spice mixture onto the pork shoulder on all sides, then cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 3 hours, preferably 8.

    If not using the rub, generously season the pork all over with coarse (kosher or sea) salt and freshly ground black pepper; you can start cooking immediately.

    2. Set up the grill for indirect grilling and place a drip pan in the center.

    If using a gas grill, place all of the wood chips in the smoker box and preheat the grill to high; when smoke appears, reduce the heat to medium.

    If using a charcoal grill, preheat the grill to medium-low and adjust the vents to obtain a temperature of 300°F.

    3. When ready to cook, if using charcoal, toss 1 cup of the wood chips on the coals. Place the pork shoulder, fat side up, on the hot grate over the drip pan. Cover the grill and smoke cook the pork shoulder until fall-off-the-bone tender and the internal temperature on an instant-read meat thermometer reaches 195°F, 4 to 6 hours (the cooking time will depend on the size of the pork roast and the heat of the grill). If using charcoal, you’ll need to add 10 to 12 fresh coals to each side every hour and toss more wood chips on the fresh coals; add about 1/2 cup per side every time you replenish the coals. With gas, all you need to do is be sure that you start with a full tank of gas. If the pork begins to brown too much, drape a piece of aluminum foil loosely over it or lower the heat.

    4. Transfer the pork roast to a cutting board, loosely tent it with aluminum foil, and let rest for 15 minutes.

    5. Wearing heavy-duty rubber gloves if desired, pull off and discard any skin from the meat, then pull the pork into pieces, discarding any bones or fat. Using your fingertips or a fork, pull each piece of pork into shreds 1 to 2 inches long and 1/8 to 1/4 inch wide. This requires time and patience, but a human touch is needed to achieve the perfect texture. If patience isn’t one of your virtues, you can finely chop the pork with a cleaver (many respected North Carolina barbecue joints serve chopped ‘cue). Transfer the shredded pork to a nonreactive roasting pan. Stir in 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the vinegar sauce, enough to keep the pork moist, then cover the pan with aluminum foil and place it on the grill for up to 30 minutes to keep warm.

    6. To serve, mound the pulled pork on the hamburger buns and top with coleslaw. Let each person add more vinegar sauce to taste.

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    The Reininger Guide to Storing (Open) Red Wine

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    Over the weekend, my sweetie and I opened a bottle of the wonderful ’03 Reininger Cab Sauv from Ash Hollow. My favorite! It was one of the few bottles I have left from my first year at Reininger working in the tasting room right after college graduation, and I had been saving it for a special occasion. Such an occasion arose with the completion of Pole Pedal Paddle, an amazing race in Bend, OR. that we competed in as a family team. Though my own leg was the shortest  – about 2 minutes of downhill skiing – I was the first to fall asleep on the couch after a big day of excitement and only half a glass of wine. What a shame!

    Why does red wine go bad? Oxygen turns red wine into vinegar. The key is to reduce the amount of oxygen touching the surface when storing open red wine. There are a few methods used to prolong shelf life, all based on minimizing exposure to oxygen either by replacing or removing the oxygen or reducing the surface area of the wine. With the necessary care some red wines can be stored open for up to a week. Fortunately, the weather was cool enough to not spoil the open half bottle on the counter so we could enjoy it the next day.

    Had we not been so irresponsible, this is the usual protocol of tasting bars throughout the day:

    - Re-cork the wine after every glass pour

    - Keep the open wine bottle out of light and stored under room temperature

    - In most cases a refrigerator goes a long way to keeping wine fresh longer; even red wines. When stored at colder temperatures the chemical processes slow down, including the process of oxidation that takes place when wine is exposed to oxygen.

    - For best results, store the wine upright to minimize surface area exposed to oxygen.

    - Prevent dramatic temperature changes which can damage your wine, such as quickly going from cold to hot.

    - Don’t store open wine on its side – it increases the surface area exposed to oxygen

    - Don’t store open wine by a window – because of sun exposure and discoloration

    - Don’t store the wine at temperatures above 70 F – better to store open wines in the fridge

    I hope this helps you to save that last glass or two in the bottle and not let your delicious wines, and all of that cash, go down the drain. Cheers!

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    Helix Sangiovese + Ramp and Mozzarella Pizza

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    We LLUUUUUURRRVVEEEE flatbreads at Reininger. If you haven’t stopped by and had one of our gorgeous tasting room girls make you one, we have revamped our recipe with help from Saffron’s Chris Ainsworth and they are delicious. Really delicious. In light of our flatbread obsession, I thought I might share a great recipe for the season.

    It’s the perfect kind of day for an impromptu get together, and this pizza is perfect for our Helix Sangiovese. Ramps are a wild leek that are showing up in abundance in just about every CSA box there is in the Pacific Northwest. They are wonderful (but of course, someone from Walla Walla would love onions in any form) and more mild than later season onions. The combination of sweet and milky mozzarella with the light acidity of tomatoes and springy green-ness of the ramps is fantastic and absolutely screams late spring!

    Ramp and Mozzarella Pizza (from Smitten Kitchen; makes one 12-inch round or 9 x 13 rectangular pizza)

    1 bunch of ramps (4 ounces)
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    Pinch of red pepper flakes
    Salt
    Cornmeal
    1 12-ounce pizza dough (if you don’t have a favorite – or a Trader Joe’s nearby -click here for a good one)
    1/3 to 1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes
    1 small garlic clove, minced
    Pinch of sugar or drops of red wine vinegar (if needed)
    3 to 4 ounces mozzarella, sliced into thin rounds
    1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated

    Trim off ends of ramp bulbs. Separate the ramp bulbs from the leafy ends. Thinly slice the stem ends; cut the leafier ends into 1/2-inch thick ribbons.

    Heat large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add a pinch of red pepper flakes, and the sliced bulbs and saute until translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add ramp leaves and cook until just wilted, about 1 minute. Season with salt and set aside.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking sheet or pizza pan lightly with cornmeal. Roll or stretch pizza dough into a very thin 11 to 12-inch round or large rectangle.

    In a small bowl, mix the crushed tomatoes with garlic, salt and red pepper flakes. Add a drop or two of vinegar for extra brightness or a pinch of sugar if needed. Spread the tomato sauce thinly over the dough almost to the edges.

    Arrange the mozzarella slices over the tomato sauce. Scatter sauteed ramps over pizza. Season with additional salt and pepper and drizzle with remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Bake in heated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is golden and mozzarella is melted. Remove pizza from oven, sprinkle immediately with Pecorino Romano cheese and serve in slices.

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    All roads lead to Reininger…or, at least, wine.

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    This week is SO MUCH BETTER than last. I can’t even believe how hot is was last week. It honestly made me believe that I had forgotten what a “real” spring in Walla Walla is like, and that the looming summer is going to just be miserable. Turns out (as per the usual) that I was wrong, and THIS WEEK has started to shower us with the amazing late-spring weather that all Walla Wallans love. Not too hot, not too cold, sunshine for days and a light breeze to kiss your sun-warmed skin. Perfection.

    This kind of perfect weather really calls for an activity that is best enjoyed on the relative flatness of Walla Walla’s roads…biking! Chuck is a huge biking fanatic and, when he and his partners turned the two potato sheds into what is now the Reininger tasting room and production, he insisted on putting in a shower next to his office for the express purpose of being able to ride to work. Many of us who work at the winery also love to bike, from just going to grab a brew or two downtown to long, epic adventures around the valley. I strongly suggest that if you are coming to Walla Walla from somewhere within driving distance this spring/summer/early fall, bring your bike! If you don’t have the room, you can always rent from Allegro Cyclery in downtown Walla Walla. I’ve put together two rides that are great and appropriate for all levels, provided that you are an active person who enjoys riding bikes. Walla Walla is really flat, so if you’re used to riding around Seattle’s hills, you will absolutely adore these laid-back jaunts.

    This first route (click HERE for a Google map) goes through downtown and is sort of a scenic neighborhood tour of Walla Walla and is pretty shady, and not too much traffic (though, if you’re from somewhere else, Walla Walla’s “traffic” is less than impressive). You start by meandering through Whitman College area, over by Green Gables B&B (and many others) and past many historic homes of the town. Then you will head out to Leonetti Cellars and their vineyard, loop back around, and follow Pleasant St. (oh, how pleasant it is!) past Pioneer Park (designed by the same person as NY’s Central Park) back to the beautiful mansions of Palouse St. and downtown Walla Walla. I might suggest* picking up a bottle and maybe a baguette and cheese on your journey as you leave downtown, then surreptitiously stopping for a mid-way picnic snack at either Menlo Park, if you’re leaving later, or Pioneer Park, if you are leaving earlier.
    For our second route (click HERE for a Google map) I have taken you out for a scenic ride through college place with stops in Fort Walla Walla and the Whitman Mission for some good old fashioned historical fun! This ride also takes you by many wineries, including Canoe Ridge, Gramercy, Foundry Vineyards (and the Foundry), Corliss, and then of course Three Rivers and Reininger. If you have a full day and enjoy riding, this is the one for you at just over 17 miles. Take food with you, enjoy one of our house-made flatbreads at Reininger (Chef Chris Ainsworth from Saffron helped us with a new recipe!), or stop by the Worm Ranch for amazing fish tacos and other mexi-delights on Wallula Ave.
    Have a great ride, be safe, and always taste responsibly!

    *Reininger would never recommend breaking any laws or being irresponsible with wine consumption. Please remember that even though you are on a bike, you are subject to the same traffic laws as those in cars, including DUI’s.

     

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