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Day Tripping (Sipping) with Sip and Angela

We are so excited about this SIP TRIP ROAD TRIP! This tour is about the local wine, regional cuisine, appreciating art and experiencing the beer of Pullman, Washington. Best part is the driving is left to our favorite driver, Brian of Alpha Omega Bus tours.
The tour is this Saturday, August 28th and we'd love you to join us on our quest to discover wonderful wine, cuisine, art and even beer from the Pullman area. A backstage pass to a couple wonderful wineries where tasting fees have been waived and delicious discounts secured are all part of the thoughtful schedule. The cost for this winescapade, which includes transportation is only $55 per person. Reservations will be on a first come basis and the quickest secure way to secure your space will be via paypal. Cheers!
CAKE, the new bakery at CHAPS
7:15 AM - We will meet at the Chaps where their lovely newly opened bakery Cake is opening early for us just in case you want to try a decadent pastry to start the day off  with the proper indulgence of a blissful bakery item. Chaps/Cake is located at 4237 South Cheney-Spokane Road Spokane, Wash I-90 west to exit 279 south approx 2.5 miles in the Latah shopping plaza  (509-624-4182). Yes, it's a convenient place to meet for a Pullman trip, but this is also personnel. We really like it here.  

8:00 AM The bus will leave promptly (don't miss the bus) and hit the open road with a planned arrival of 10am at Merry Cellars. IMAGINE...the wine you buy is a journey. Like the open road, each glass awakens you to new possibility. Welcome to Merry Cellars. Meet winemaker Patrick Merry, hear his story and taste the wine he's proud to put his family's name on. The label to the left is from the handcrafted Crimson Red blend that I adore. Yes, you may be thinking it's a vintage WSU Football squad on the label. But it's actually a High School Rugby team from the West side of the state. Merry Cellars makes some sultry Syrahs and I have been wanting to try their limited release Blackberry Merlot. There is no tasting fee and  we have arranged a discount of 10% off a half case and 15% off  a case making this a good time to stock up. Patrick so kindly said he would sample the limited release Blackberry Merlot for us as I am wanting to try it and also mentioned doing something special for us like barrel tasting some upcoming wines.

We will then board the bus and head to downtown Pullman to the Paradise Creek Brewery where we will have lunch, tour and a tasting. Paradise Creek Brewery is the newest brewpub in the state of Washington with the production house in the basement of Pullman’s Old Post Office. Their ales are crafted with some of the finest malts and Yakima hops we can get our hands on. From the lightly malted Dirty Blonde to J-Dub’s English Pale Ale to our creamy yet roasty Postal Porter, the variety of seasonal and perennial ales flowing from the  taps and will make the most demanding beer lover smile. We will have lunch here where they have graciously discounted some entrees for us. Please know you are welcome to eat and drink on the bus and you can pack yourself a picnic instead of eating out.

2:30 PM Next stop is Wawawai (wah- WOW- ee) Canyon winery and art gallery for more sipping. Winemaker Christine Havens will be our host informing us about the winery, wines and art gallery. Wawawai Canyon invites you to reveal in a feast of the senses, taste wine and by inspired by art. The winery has graciously waived the tasting fee for our group.
The gallery currently is featuring the works of mixed-media artist, Io Palmer. Her exhibition, In Three Parts is a collection of mixed-media work created from 2008 to 2010 that explore issues and ideas related to labor, class construction, and the effects this has on personal and social identity. This small lot vinatge winery plans to keep things small...and keep are hands in and on everything they produce.  The wines are only available in our tasting room for the most part, and are offered exclusively to wine club members as pre-releases.
For more information on Wawawai Canyon Winery go to

Activity to be determined- art, bears, oh my!

Dinner: You are on your own to choose your craving. But may we suggest Basilio's Italian Cafe. This is a family owned Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Pullman, Washington on Main Street. They offer delicious Italian cusine at affordable prices. Inside the authentically decorated restaurant it will be as if you just took a trip to Little Italy. The friendly, dedicated staff will make you feel right at home. Of course we've organized a discount for our group. You can also pack a picnic or bring a cooler on the bus.

We will set a time to meet back at the bus for our return to Chaps.

Please understand that the bus space is limited and is a first-come, first-serve basis. The quickest way to reserve your spot is by clicking Paypal link below. If you would rather pay by check please email SIP at for address to send it. Your space is not reserved until payment is received. Your space is transferable but not refundable. Purchases and extra costs are up to you. You are welcome to pack a picnic, bring a cooler to keep your  personnel expenses to a minimum. We just want you to come and have fun. Though our stops and tours have been secured, the schedule is subject to slight changes.

The really great news is that there are more wineries, breweries and cuisine to discover in and around the Pullman area and we want to plan to SIP TRIPS on a regular basis because we love WINE.

SIP and Angela

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