Riedel wine tasting at Woodhouse in Woodinville

 If you’ve never had the experience of a Riedel tasting seminar, now’s your chance.  Woodhouse Family Cellars is holding one on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

 The event is limited to the first 50 people, and the cost is $150, which includes a wine glass presentation, fine wine tasting (and regular readers know that I like Woodhouse wines so much that I do a wee bit of  consulting for them), an “appetizer reception,” and four Riedel glasses: Bordeaux/Cabernet, Burgundy/Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc/Dessert Wine, and Montrachet/Chardonnay.

If you’ve never tried this before, you’ll find that the shape and size of a glass effects the taste in eye-opening ways. For reservations, contact Jennifer at Woodhouse Family Cellars by Oct. 24: 425-527-0608 or jennifer@woodhouse-usa.com.

I went to a Riedel tasting seminar years ago in Portland, but I missed the opportunity at Taste Washington this year. They are amazing events and I hope to see you at Woodhouse next month!


Bits from Prosser, Yakima and Woodinville: Part 2

As promised, here is Part Two of some notes about a few amazing Washington wineries that we visited recently. In alphabetical order:

Heaven’s Cave Cellars: This Prosser newbie offers wines with great personalities and great names, such as The Innkeeper, Angel’s Blend and Dweller. Owner Hope Moore has partnered with Ali Boyle of Alexandria Nicole Cellars, so you know it’s bound to be a winner.

Senoj Estates: This newcomer (Jones spelled backwards) to the so-called “Warehouse WInery District” in Woodinville  offers some fine wines, big screen TVs, a jukebox and a lot of parties.

Windy Point: We finally saw the turtle pond at this unique, beautiful winery south of Yakima, where we also found some new vintages of favorites with names such as !Exclamation Point! and Pointless Red.

William Church: At a recent release party, we had the pleasure of meeting owner Leslie Balsley, who is as friendly as their wines are excellent — particularly the newly released William Church 2006 Wahluke Slope Malbec and William Church 2006 Syrah. 

Woodhouse Family Cellars: Regular readers of this blog know that Woodhouse is one of our absolute favorites. But what you might not know is that we first found Woodhouse a couple of years ago when we heard about their “Big Boy” Merlot, the Maghee. This weekend, the silky, rich 2004 Maghee Merlot was released, and it is even better than its predecessor. Not to be outdone, another September release, the 2004 Dussek Cabernet Sauvignon also shines.