A couple of new guides on the market will help visitors find their way through the wineries of the Valley.
The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance will debut its 2011 “Wineries of the Walla Walla Valley” map and guide Sunday during the TASTE Washington Event in Seattle. Starting next week it can also be picked up at the Wine Alliance office, 13 1/2 E. Main St., suite 214; at the Destination Walla Walla window on Main Street and at member wineries. It can also be downloaded at www.wallawallawine.com.
According to an announcement from the organization the map is a reflection of two of the agency’s goals: coordination and sustainability. Through a partnership on the project with Tourism Walla Walla the Alliance was able to access a map developed with the city by the tourism agency. The new version is printed on 100 percent recycled stock.
The finished product is easier to use and contains more member winery information than the previous versions, officials said.
That product comes on the heels of the release of a slick guide to the Valley’s wineries and nearly 25 eateries from local photographer Brian Gaines.
The “Walla Walla Valley Wine Guide” is billed as a road map to the area’s wineries and restaurants. Gaines said 20,000 copies of the publication, a colorful splash of ads for and maps to the community’s wine-related destinations, were printed by Integrity Design & Copyworks. Rossi Giard of Mullet Creative designed the website at www.wallawallawineguide.com . The publication is available at hotels/motels and tasting rooms.