Thursday is National Wine Day (I had no idea either until a message from a helpful PR appeared in my inbox). I think the concept is to get people to drink more wine, if any encouragement was needed. Uncannily, Wine Day neatly flops into Memorial Weekend, which is when wine country whirs into life for the summer. With blue skies and fiery temperatures predicted, elbow space will be at a premium at the popular wineries.

My recommendation is the recently opened Day Camp, which is home to Day Wines (featured in this week’s Lush Life on the streets tomorrow) and 10 other small producers, including Fossil & Fawn and Jackalope. When I visited there was a storm raging and power was out, but the charm of the tasting room was apparent—cedar paneling, a broad copper bar and flowers everywhere. I imagine the large patio will be a crowd pleaser. It’s probably the best place in the valley to try such an intriguing and broad range of wines—there’s a lot more than five shades of Pinot here. $20 buys a tasting from 10 winemakers, plus there’s hotdogs and brats from Olympia Provisions, music and games.

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Day Wines, 21080 North Highway 99W, Dundee, May 26-28, 10 am-6 pm

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MJ Skegg

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