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‘There’s also good wine, food and energy’: Nonprofit serves up annual tasting event in Battle Ground

By Rachel Pinsky, Columbian freelance food writer
Published: March 29, 2024, 6:05am
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The fourth annual Savor Southwest Washington Wine on April 27 will serve pours from 20 Clark County wineries.
The fourth annual Savor Southwest Washington Wine on April 27 will serve pours from 20 Clark County wineries. (Contributed by Southwest Washington Winery Association) Photo Gallery

Savor Southwest Washington Wine will serve pours from 20 Clark County wineries and tasting rooms such as Rezabek Vineyards and Brian Carter Cellars, as well as bites from Tommy O’s, Say Ciao, Frontier Public House and Whimsy Chocolates at the Battle Ground Community Center on April 27.

The Southwest Washington Winery Association created the event to give the public an opportunity to try wine from local wineries and tasting rooms. This nonprofit organization, formed in 2016, promotes and encourages the development and growth of the grape wine industry in Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Lewis counties. The organization hosts other events, including the St. Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Festival, throughout the year. But Savor is the only time these businesses gather in one space.

The $75 ticket includes sample pours as well as elegant wine-friendly finger foods such as bacon-wrapped dates and coconut prawns from Clark County restaurants. Each guest will receive swag bags with wine-related items, including crystal glasses embossed with the event logo.

“I do love that it’s all-inclusive,” said Mar Meyerhoefer, owner of Emanar Cellars and an event organizer. “The collaboration between wineries and restaurants is great. Everybody is trying to promote each other. There’s also good wine, food and energy.”

Meyerhoefer is pleased to welcome Pacific Perks, a mobile espresso bar, to caffeinate eventgoers. She’s hoping for sunny weather so wine can be sipped on the enclosed patio outdoor space.

The Southwest Washington Winery Association’s goal for Savor is to create an event that’s elegant but also welcoming and fun to showcase wines being made and poured in Clark County. Knowledge of vintages, terroir or other esoteric wine topics is unnecessary, but winemakers will be on hand for those who want to take a deep dive into their products.

Battle Ground Community Center has a 400-person capacity so there’s plenty of room for everyone.

“Bring your friends, come with a big group. This is a very relaxed and enjoyable event,” Meyerhoefer said.

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Columbian freelance food writer