Had to share and celebrate the announcement of the first wholesale orders to a wee wine shop in Long Beach, WA. Mark and I stepped into the Peninsula Wine Merchant wine shop last Saturday while taking 3 days to relax, eat razor clams and fried oysters (soon to be blogged about) at the beach. I met the Howell's, Sallianne and John, owners of the cute shop located right in the middle of town on Pacific Ave. Really wonderful folks who were enthusiastic about their latest venture and they really should be proud. It is a great wine shop with a granite tasting bar and a wide selection of Northwest wines as well as other wines from all over the world. They had just placed the open sign on their business and were celebrating their Grand Opening when we walked in. We sampled a couple of fantastic wines and even the Maryhill Rose was on the tasting bar-one of the wines that is showcased in the book paired with a salad with avocado, goat cheese and pomegranate dressing. After tasting a delicious Kiona Chenin Blanc, we, like 3 other people who tasted the wine, ended up buying a bottle to take home. As a great fit to their new shop which carries several of the wines that we describe and pair food with, the Peninsula Wine Merchants have decided to sell the book! Cheers!