Taste barbecue and do yoga at these wineries in the Chelan region
Wine companies that offer more than wine. # k5soiree
MANSON, Wash. – There’s more to Chelan’s wineries than tastings – everything from inner peace to smoked ribs can be found, if you know where to go.
At Lake Chelan Winery, choosing a red or a white means deciding whether you want the ribs or the chicken.
They don’t just make wine here – they barbecue.
“It’s a bit unconventional, we’ve always tried to make wine accessible and relaxed, so it’s a natural pairing with barbecue,” said Ben Williams, owner of Lake Chelan Winery.
It was one of the valley’s first wineries – and owner Williams says he set up The BBQ in the Vineyard on site for a reason: “To be the least pretentious vineyard you’ll come across.”
Mission accomplished – they have picnic tables among the vines, toys for the kids, even their official posted rules are pretty casual, stating that you must drink, but not too much, and that dancing is mandatory.
So the big question is, which wine does Williams recommend pairing with his barbecue?
“Ribs, because you want something bold that will stand up to those stronger flavors. Definitely a red, like a big, bold red, ”said Williams, offering Lake Chelan Winery’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon with a slice of ribs.
A little further on in another winery, an outdoor sunset yoga class takes place in a large tent with a view of the lake.
Amy Andrews and Christina Scarsori are co-owners of Yoga Uncorked.
“We believe yoga brings people together and wine brings people together, so why not combine the two,” Amy said. “Uncorked Yoga is a chance for people to come together, to be in community, to move their bodies, to be a little more present and to taste wine together.”
The sessions take place at different wineries around Chelan – this one is at Amos Rome Vineyards.
Often they are outside: nothing beats laying in the mountains with a mountain view.
After ‘Namaste’ – chardonnay.
Or any other glass from the host cellar. Everyone says after yoga – wine hits a little differently.
“You are more open, your heart is open, you are open to the flavors of wine,” said Genevive Adams, who recently moved to Chelan from the Seattle area.
“It’s about stretching, smelling the air, being present, then sipping the wine, it’s like it tastes so much better afterwards,” said Morgan Grimm. “It’s almost like you’ve earned it!”
Yoga mat and wine glasses. An unlikely match that is in fact a perfect match.
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