There’s a name to the calm one feels after crush. It’s called November. November offers the chance to spend the morning under a down comforter with the newspaper and a cup of coffee. The smell of wood smoke is omnipresent in the air and vines are starting to sleep. There might be a dusting of snow in the hills, but the driving is easy. The holiday season brings friends together for a post-Thanksgiving barrel tasting in the Chelan Valley and the wineries feel warm and unhurried. We’re still in the cellar, watching fermentation and putting the new juice into barrels. Conversations in the wineries range from the highs and lows of this year’s harvest to the highs and lows of this year’s weather. November is the time to linger over a wine flight and rest against the tasting counter. Come December, some of our wineries close for a couple of months, so be sure to come see us soon. Bring a sweater and your sunglasses, take a hike into our hills, stroll through town or sit and look out on the water. Whatever you do, pause a moment to look around and take in the beauty of the Chelan Valley – it’s naturally intoxicating.
Spot the red nautical flag and head up the road for an afternoon of delight at Hard Row to Hoe. It’s a lively and intimate tasting room and one look around should clue you to the theme. Once you hear the story behind their name, you’ll get a sense th . . .
No other place in the valley will you have an instant sense of family. The stone cottage tasting room brings you into a different mindset and you are urged to relax, take a load off and simply enjoy. Out by the waterfall fountain you can gaze into . . .
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BY ROBIN SALTS BECKETT, YAKIMA MAGAZINE: Lake Chelan calls itself a boater’s paradise, and one look at the lake the town is named for will convince any visitor that’s true. . .