By SANDY JOHANSEN / Staff writer

It was a full house at Hot Springs Village Coronado Center for the World Tour of Wines, Washington State. On hand representing Cork & Bottle Liquor was wine devotee Bill Lamoureux, detailing each wine offered to accompany state favorite dining courses presented by Rich Wittman Catering.
Greeting wine was 14 Hands Run Wild, a fruit juicy blend of several grape varieties along with blueberries, black currants and black raspberries. It was a delightful mixture of Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Viognier.
The appetizer of bacon wrapped seared scallops was served with Two Vines Gewürztraminer. This vintage had a subtle spicy and sweet flavor and a bright finish.
A salad of romaine topped with a half pear garnished with cream cheese remoulade was accompanied by L’Ecole Chenin Blanc showing aromas of citrus blossoms and yellow apple flavor touches with a crisp finish.
A rich Two Mountain Merlot with notes of cherries and hints of toffee and vanilla complimented the main course of baked rack of pork drizzled with a rosé and white wine sauce and topped with cherry dressed slaw.
What a signature way to finish dining . . . Washington state cherry pie served with L’Ecole Semillion from the Columbia Valley. The white wine was vibrant, fresh and balanced; a perfect partner for pie.
Karen Mallonee, associate broker with ReMax of HSV, co-sponsored the evening and offered prizes for lucky raffle winners. Craig Annen, Coronado Center manager, auctioned special wines to benefit Bikes for MS.
The next World Tour of Wines is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 25, at Coronado Center. Wines from Israel will be featured. Tickets are available now on line at