Sunday, September 26, 2010

A weekend in wine country

I spent the latter half of the week at a conference for work, and the husband and munchkin joined me Friday night for the weekend. We stayed at Campbell's, directly on the shore of Lake Chelan.

Chelan 1



The armchair got thumbs up from everyone.


We spent most of the day cruising around, enjoying the scenery and visiting the local wineries.



Ambience-wise, Four Lakes Winery got the highest marks:


It's up a huge hill, with a wrap around deck and an incredible view. We came away with bottles of their 2007 & 2008 chardonnays.


We got pulled into the Lake Chelan winery, not for tasting, but because of the advertised lunch:



BBQ pork sliders with cole slaw and a glass of their pinot grigio. So many places concentrate on making their bbq sauce hot to the exclusion of everything else. I believe you have to start out with a good base, a rich flavor, and then start piling on the heat. I'm happy to say their bbq seemed to follow the same philosophy, as it was tangy and not too sweet, and had a wonderful slow burn that built as you kept eating. The cole slaw was perfect too, not sweet at all, and a great compliment to the pork.

While we were waiting for our food, we got roped into a grape squishing contest. The munchkin got asked whether she wanted to compete against mommy or daddy. Our smart girl picked me, with the tinier feet.


The munchkin won, as I wasn't as enthusiastic about squishing and splashing.


(No, you do not drink the grape juice afterwards. Ick!)

We went back to the hotel and I took a nap while the husband and munchkin rented one of the hotel's kayaks, and afterwards there was fun in the hotel pool:


Afterwards, off to Sorrento's for dinner. I'd link to their website, but at this time it seems to have picked up a viral type thing. Husband had the bone in ribeye, and I had filet medallions in a peppercorn sauce, both served with penne pasta in a tomato cream sauce and green beans. The restaurant serves wines from Tsillan Cellars, and we indulged in a bottle of their chardonnay with dinner.


Afterwards, a nice walk along the waterfront, and then a well-earned sleep.

Sunday morning I woke up a bit worse for wear from the day before. #1 hangover cure - Crab Benedict!


Another pool excursion, and we packed and hit the road. On the way back we stopped off in Cashmere for a bit of antiquing and a bite to eat.



The souvenirs for the weekend:


And now off to bed again.

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