This helpful tip comes from Columbia Winery’s own wine educator, Steve Vernon: Open a bottle of red wine and let it breathe for $1 a minute before drinking. What does that mean exactly? A decent $15 bottle of wine should breathe for 15 minutes. A more expensive $60 bottle of wine should breathe for an hour.
Vernon also notes that decanting is a double-edged sword–decanting speeds up the time needed to let a bottle of red wine breathe … but the subtle bouquetÂ escapes with the decanting.
More tips coming soon. Cheers!
What’s going on in Washington wine country?
Friday Aug. 3 and Saturday Aug. 4:
- Summer Wine ReleaseÂ & Barrel Tasting Celebration: Stop by Lost River Winery’s Tasting Room in Winthrop to try two summer releases: 2005 Columbia Valley Nebbiolo ($22) and 2006 Rainshadow ($15).
- Vino Bello’sÂ Saturday tastingÂ this week is Portugese wine, including a White Port and Soda cocktail, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. $5 tasting fee. Call 206-244-VINO.
- Sparkman Cellars celebrates the release of its second vintage Aug. 4 and 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Woodinville. In addition to new vintages of last year’s favorites–its 2006 Lumiere Chardonnay, 2005 Ruby Leigh Bordeaux Blend and 2005 Outlaw Merlot–this year’s release of 720 cases includes two new labels, Wilderness Red Blend and The Darkness Syrah.Â
Sunday Aug. 5:
- Silver Lake Winery in Zillah-Summer Music Series: From noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays in August in Zillah, enjoy live music on the lawn while sipping a glass of wine. Or you can try the salmon dinner for $10. Â
Saturday Aug. 11:
- South Seattle Artisan WineriesÂ wine tastings: Aug. 11Â is the second Saturday in the month, which means tastings from 1-5 p.m. at four wineries in Georgetown — including one of our favorites-Fall Line Winery. (You simply must try the 100% cab!) We also recently tasted some fine wines from the other three wineries: O-S Winery (formerly Owen-Sullivan), Cadence Winery and Nota Bene Cellars.
- Columbia Winery is having its annual case sale. Stock your cellar from the more than 750 cases selected of cellar-aged older vintages. These wines are discounted for one day only. Case Sale opens to the public at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- 3rd Annual FETCH! Wine Tasting Walkabout Fundraiser: A fun-filled afternoon (1-4 p.m.) with wine, food and, of course, dogs at Buchanan Vineyard in Langley on Whidbey Island. Five different wines will be showcased, along with gourmet cheeses, breads, nuts, chocolate and fruit. And there will be dog treats andÂ water bowls for the pups. $20 per person in advance; $25 per person at the door. FETCH! is a not-for-profit organization “that is devoted to promoting safe responsible off-leash play time for dogs and their owners.”
Wednesday Aug. 15
- Â Join Columbia Winery‘s new Director of Winemaking, Kerry Norton at 6:30 p.m. at Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana for a winemaker dinner. Price: $45.00 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) 600 Pine Street in Seattle. 206-264-0994
Thursday Aug. 16-Saturday Aug. 18:
Saturday Sept. 8:
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