Friday, May 21, 2010
ELLENSBURG, Wash -
Glorious weather, combined with the best vintages of wine in Washington state, set the tone for success at the 2nd annual Ellensburg Wine Festival held in Ellensburg, Washington on May 8th.
Over 600 experienced and novice wine aficionados from around the state came out in full force to enjoy the bounty of the grape during an afternoon of wine tasting, listening to live music, shopping, and dining. Centrally located in the state, Ellensburg is the gateway to Washington wine country, and an ideal location for a wine tasting festival,
At all of the nine downtown venue locations, naturally, was the flow of wine, and representatives from participating wineries adding their personal flair as they "talked wine" with the festival-goers.
"An amazing number of varietals for one festival," exclaimed Marji Morgan, participant. "I counted twenty different grapes on offer, in addition to all the blends." Wineries were equally impressed with Ellensburg "I love downtown Ellensburg!" said Robert Smasne of Smanse Cellars. "I predict we'll soon see 5-10 tasting rooms here."
Bob Hansen, Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce Executive Director stated "We are thrilled to partner with CWU to bring this event downtown for our community, and participants from around the state." "People are already asking us about the date for next year's festival, a sure sign of our overall success" Hansen added.
Central Washington University's Wine Program Coordinator for the event, David Winters said "The wineries were great, weather incredible, music outstanding, venues were just right, and the guests completely enjoyed themselves. Thanks to everyone that made this event possible. If you missed it this year, start making your plans now for May 7th, 2011! The World Wine Program and the Ellensburg Chamber of Commerce really know how to throw a great party. I can't think of a better way to kick off Mother's Day Weekend!"
Central Washington University's World Wine Program offers a wide variety of educational opportunities for consumers and industry professionals to increase their knowledge of wine. For more information about the CWU World Wine Program, visit www.worldwineprogram.org.
For more information or photos about this event, please call (509) 925-2002, or email the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org