OK, as much as I hate to admit it, a man can’t ride a bike 24 hrs a day EVERY day. There has to be more to life. As you may, or may not have noticed, aside from cycling, one of the other things I really enjoy doing is wine tasting. Being 12.5 miles (as the bike flies) from Woodinville, WA, the wine tasting capital of Western Washington makes this easy.
My favorite winery, is Dusted Valley.
Michelle and I found them about 5 years ago, the first day they opened a tasting room in Woodinville. We had been in another winery, and they told us “Hey, this place just opened, go check them out!”
We did, and ended up tasting the best damn red wine EVER! BFM (forgive me, but its a merlot based wine called Blow your Fucking Mind (take a sip and you will understand why)) Stained Tooth Syrah, Cab Franc and Malbec, just to name a few, You also have to love a wine named after a prostitute! Squirrel Toothed Alice (Google her)
She and I have had many a good night together!
Michelle and I left there the first time packing toothbrushes and members of the wine club, Stained Tooth Society.
Now, the wine itself would be enough to make us come back, but more importantly, the ladies who work their make us feel like family. Jill, Colleen, Veronica, Heather, and Michelle. Anytime I show up there on my bike they are happy to see me, let me fill my water bottle, let me taste one or all, and make me feel like family. My kid brother showed up, mentioned my name, and was able to taste for free. I was family, so he was family!
My favorite story of Dusted Valley was that they were banned from Alabama because of their label
Someone in that state thought he saw a nipple! I think someone finally tasted the wine and decide either A) there is no nipple, or B) the wine is too good so i don’t care! Either way, its allowed in Alabama.
I learned about 3 years ago that DV members can volunteer to work the big release weekends. My main job is working the supply closet. After everyone tastes, they come up and make their selections. My job is to pull the orders. I fly! I pack the cases, carry the wine to cars for little old ladies, occasionally pour wine for people and “other duties as assigned!”
The best part. I get paid in wine. Yep, for 5 hours of work, i get 3 bottles of my favorite wines! Rachis Syrah, BFM, or others that are available! Last night was the volunteer night, to come in, taste the new offerings early, and review the jobs for the volunteers. It’s fun, no crowds, and we can retaste anything. I could give the talk myself easily, but I am happy to show up for the wine.
So, I am set up to work at the end of the month, get the free wine, and spend time with (aside from my wife) my favorite group of ladies. If you ever see Dusted Valley in the store, or you ever get to Woodinville or Walla Walla, mention my name and try it out, you will NOT be disappointed. AND if you get to the Woodinville tasting room on April 27, ask for me!
OK, I admit, I will work my ass off for good wine!