Thursday, December 21, 2017 – Winter Solstice 2017

Amanda and family arrive today in Manson. Their flight got in to Sea-Tac at 11:00 in the morning. After picking up their Dodge minivan, they found some teriyaki, and headed east over Snoqualmie and Blewett Passes. They ended up arriving about 5pm.

During the day, we went to Karma and Ventimiglia Wineries. We had a nice lunch of cheese, crackers, and wine. We chose to have a red flight of wine to share, and then we drank a glass of Try blend wine. It was pleasant sitting in their “cave” decorated with white lights and branches. The lights were somewhat dim. A couple families were there as well with their children. I was not overly impressed with the service. The two staff seemed tired and less than energetic. We found they were going to be setting up for a 150 person event on the following day. No wonder they seemed stressed.

Karma WineryWe departed Karma and headed back to Manson. There was more time to spend tasting so we decided to check out Ventimiglia Cellars (pronounced ven-ti-mee-lee-uh). Their storefront is in downtown Manson. Ron Ventimiglia greeted us and poured us 7 different wine tastes. We had tried to find their winery 2 years ago before the fires of the summer. We’re thinking that was when we were there playing golf at Gamble Sands. In any case, we talked pleasantly with Ron about his wines and connections to MVP Vinters (Pete Mathews). He asked us not to hold that against him. We decided on a yummy Syrah/Mourvedre blend to take home with us.

When Amanda arrived we got them settled and then went to the Sunset Bar and Grill for dinner. They have interesting menu choices in a bright tavern environment.


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Mike and Elaine Raymond

Mike and Elaine Raymond 173 Dogleg Lane Port Ludlow, Washington Fairwood Village

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