Wapato Point Cellars
We went to two wineries today. The first we walked over to was the Wapato Point Cellars. It’s close to our vacation condo, taking only 5 minutes to get there.
We decided just to do some tasting and have a glass of wine as it was after noon. There was only a couple other people in the tasting room when we arrived. It had snowed overnight and was still raining a bit. The trees were really shedding the snow and we got a little wet as we walked under the pines.
Wapato Point wines are some of the best wines in the area, in my opinion. After tasting several, we came to the last offering, the Kludt Alexis 2015. The tasting assistant warned us that it might be somewhat smokey in flavor since the grapes were picked after the summer of the 2015 fires near Chelan and Manson. We were here during that time and after experiencing the fires and smoke, we were reminded clearly when we put our noses into the sample! The nose was distinctly of that fire smell we knew first hand. It didn’t affect the flavor of the wine much and we ended up buying a bottle of this wine because of its personal connection to us.
CR Sandidge Winery
This is home to our only wine club membership at this time. We think Sandidge has the best wines. The winemaker is Ray Sandidge, who is from Entiat, and has a background in mountaineering. We had a very nice talk with him a couple summers ago and have made a nice connection. He has also helped and worked at several of the other wineries around the lake, and has extensive time with winemakers in Europe. He has become very skilled at what he does. We had 3 shipments to pick up, but were most excited to finally get a delivery of the first CR Sandidge sparkling wine.
Laura helped us with our complete line-up of tastings – excellent as usual. Talked a little with other folks that were there to taste as well. They were just as impressed as we were with the wines. Both reds and whites are equally good.
Dinner and a Movie
After dropping off our wine purchases, we headed the 7 miles to Chelan. We enjoyed a meal at Marcela’s Mexican Cucina even though we were seated between two families with children. We assured them it was not a problem as we understood as grandparents.
Following our meal, we checked in at the Ruby Theater for the showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This old historic theater has been well kept up. We sat in the only pair of seats at the front of the balcony on one side. We had a great unobstructed view of the movie. It was exciting and enjoyable.
Returning back to WP around 9:45, we took just a few minutes to settle in before turning in for bed. It was a very fun and successful day.