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The Bavarian Ice Festival blends winter activities, snow sculptures, and holiday lights into two days of revelry amid Leavenworth's ivory snowflakes. Busses operated by Alki Tours depart at 8 a.m. and deliver Saturday visitors to downtown Leavenworth, where the annual Smooshing contest finds teams of four atop 8-foot wooden planks as they glide merrily down Front Street and safely away from escaped dinosaurs. Guests can relax under warm blankets and sip hot chocolate or coffee during a 40-minute horse-drawn sleigh ride. First day visitors also take in the artwork of an ice-sculpting contest, a slippery footed tug-of-war, and an ice cube scramble or frisbee sweep for the kids.
The story of family-owned and operated winery, Northwest Cellars, began nearly 12 years ago, when Bob Delf received a custom-labeled bottle of wine that was so repugnant he poured it straight down the drain. This was troubling, especially given Bob's experiences growing up in a family of wine importers and distributors. Determined to raise the bar, Bob founded Northwest Cellars, where today he creates award-winning wines with grapes grown at vineyards across Washington state.
Rob Entrekin's transformation from biomedical engineer to professional winemaker began with a simple question: what makes two wines made from the same grapes taste so different? Rather than just be content with not knowing, Rob decided to learn the exceedingly complicated answer to that question by studying enology at Washington State University. These studies ended up sparking his passion for winemaking and led to the founding of Finn Hill Winery.
His first vintage yielded a modest 150 cases, but soon Rob began to expand his operation by relocating to a larger facility and increasing production. Today, he chooses to remain true to the winery's roots by keeping production smallish—under 1,000 cases—, which allows him greater control over the finished product as he attempts to showcase the definitive characteristics of Washington grapes. In addition to meticulously selecting the best fruit he can find, Rob spares no expense as he ages his wines in French oak barrels imported by carrier pigeons.
The lineup changes with the vintage, but previous bottlings have included an off-dry riesling that balances floral aromas with a hint of sweetness, as well as food-friendly merlot from vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills vineyards, which features bold, juicy fruit flavors and a core of fine-grained tannins.