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'Jazz and Wine Among Friends' in Walla Walla for charity

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'Friends of Children of Walla Walla' is a non-profit organization formed in 1999 as an effort to give mentoring benefits to children in facing life's challenges and decisions. Volunteers act as supportive friends or counselors to help children feel safe, cared about, and encouraged. Over the years, their methods have proven a positive impact.

Funding for the organization depends on individuals, businesses, clubs, and other groups as well as fundraising events. One such event is the upcoming 'Jazz and Wine Among Friends' held this year from August 22 through 24, 2014. Tickets for Friday events are $30 per person, Saturday's are $50 per person, and Sunday's are $40 per person. All ticket proceeds will directly benefit Friends of Children of Walla Walla

Friday events start at 6:30 pm and include Sons do Sol, Fork in the Road, and the Gail Pettis Quartet.

Saturday's live performances are Big FONT and The Jenny Finn Orchestra. You'll receive one glass of wine with additional glasses available for purchase. Food is from Walla Walla Bread Company and West of the Blues BBQ.

Sunday's New Orleans jazz-style brunch is from 11am to 1pm with a live performance by The Gemberling Band. You are invited to walk with the musicians as they parade to Whitehouse-Crawford.

For information on purchase of tickets, click here.

Walla Walla Wineries

The city of Walla Walla has many rivers and aquifers running through it,” including the Walla Walla River which is a tributary of the Columbia River. Thus Walla Walla was given to the town as a name meaning "many waters."

The waters, climate, and soil bring Walla Walla a rich agricultural bounty, especially in its vineyards and as home to over 100 wineries, many of which are the best in the Pacific Northwest. Holding a Latitude 46° N, it matches France midway between Bordeaux and Burgundy.

The complex wines of Walla Walla

The flavor, aroma, body, texture, and alcohol content of a wine results from the type of grape used, but the same grapes grown and used for the same variety of wines made in one area of the world will not result in exactly the same wine as in another area of the world. Even if winemakers work the same way, the climate, soil, and other environmental factors are not the same and, thus, the wines will still be different. In other words, the personality of a wine reflects its place of origin.

The varied personality of Walla Walla wines is due in part because of the differing soils in the area. For example, the low elevations contain basalt stones which retain the warmth of the sun well after twilight to share with grape vines. The soils are well drained and depart a specific flavor as they are unusually rich in minerals.

The upper lands have endured greater winds over the centuries which has gained way for a fine, powdery type of soil measuring more than eight or ten feet thick. The roots of vines run very deep in this type of soil to produce grapes with a very pure flavor character.

Another category of soil found in Walla Walla is on the hillsides where volcanic bedrock underneath a fine silt gives another specialized character to grapes grown there for wine.

Suited with a mosaic of soils, the Walla Walla area is uniquely qualified as a fabulous place to cultivate world-class wines. For a free winery guide, visit any Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance member winery or hotel or tourism booth on Downtown's Main St.

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