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AUGUST 11, 1997

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winea Visitors line up to buy scrip at the Woodinville Wine Festival at Chateau Ste. Michelle amphitheater last Saturday.

Photo by Rex Knight
wineb Visitors try different wines and brews in the wine tent.

Photo by Rex Knight

Woodinville Wine Festival and Art Walk attracts thousands

  A hot summer day, a view of the lush Sammamish Valley and Mt. Rainier, white tents, green grass and the soft sounds of blues and jazz greeted the thousands of visitors to the Woodinville Wine Festival & Art Walk. The event, produced by the Woodinville Community Round-table, was held last Saturday at the Chateau Ste. Michelle amphitheater.
   Nineteen wineries and breweries offered tastes of their finest wines, Northwest artists displayed their paintings, sculptures, pottery and other work. Specialty booths offered unique products, Lowell-Hunt Catering grilled chicken and salmon, Mocha Joe's sold Italian sodas and coffee and Culleyspring Water Company were there with cold water.
   The Wilmot Gateway Park and the Alternating Hemiplegia Foundation of Washington will benefit from the proceeds from the festival.
   Sponsors of the event were Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, Windermere Real Estate/SBA, Lowell-Hunt Catering, Seattle Magazine and The Woodinville Weekly.
   "What a day! Great food, marvelous entertainment, terrific support from Northwest wineries, micro-breweries and the Washington Chapter of the Enological Society," said Don Julien, co-chair of the event.
   "It was a shining star for Woodinville. People came and enjoyed the food and the music. It was a delightful place to be on a Saturday afternoon," said Kathy Brown of Windermere Real Estate, co-chair of the event.
   "The day would not have been possible without the broad base of community volunteers and the generous support of our business community," Julien said. " The success of this festival shows what can happen when a community turns out to support an activity. We would like to thank Chateau Ste. Michelle for the use of their amphitheatre. It was a pleasure working with their staff putting on a festival in such a special setting. We were pleased that the Woodinville Community Round-table was able to continue this 14-year-old tradition and we are already working on next year. If anyone would like to participate please call 485-5958."