Delicious Darighe

…Month) comes to an end, we decided to open one of the first bottles of wine that we tasted when we moved here: Darighe from The Woodhouse Wine Estates. The 2008 vintage is as lovely as the first we tried – 2001 Darighe. 2008 Darighe is an excellent, traditional, old-world, left-bank Bordeaux blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 11% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, sourced from Columbia Valley grapes. A silver medal w… Continue reading

Darighe time

It’s almost Darighe time and the excitement is mounting in Washington state! Woodhouse Family Cellars is releasing the 2002 vintage of its flagship Darighe label, and if you have $45 to spend on a bottle of exquisite red wine, send in your pre-order now. (Cases can be purchased at a 15% discount.) Pre-orders will be taken until Sept. 30. Then the price goes back to $50 for a bottle and $540 for a case. The wine will be available for pick u… Continue reading

Darighe Please, Every Vintage

We opened a bottle of Darighe 2002 Proprietor’s Blend from Woodhouse Family Cellars with dinner the other night and wow, do we love this wine. Let us count the ways: Dec. 31, 2008: Here’s to Fine Wine in 2009 June 3, 2008: Darighe Delicious Aug. 11, 2007: It’s Darighe Time This high-end flagship Bordeaux blend is simply spectacular. And it’s also still available, along with the amazing 2001 vintage. But the Darighe 2000… Continue reading

Darighe Delicious

We have never consumed a magnum of wine as quickly as Darighe 2002 Propietor’s Blend from Woodhouse Family Cellars. Don’t get me wrong — we slowly savored each sip as we relaxed on a lovely Friday evening a couple of weeks ago. As light turned to dusk, we continued to drink Darighe 2002 until long after the sky became dotted with stars. I wrote and raved about Darighe 2002 when we first tasted it almost a year ago. It’s e… Continue reading

Here’s to Fine Wine in 2009!

…health and much fine wine! What are you drinking to bring in the new year? For us, it’s the luscious 2002 Darighe Proprietor’s Blend from Woodhouse Family Cellars. This is an exquisite old-world wine with a Washington finesse. With its deep garnet hue, this is a fine Bordeaux-style blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 13% Malbec and 13% Petit Verdot. According to the tasting notes: “On the nose, the new French oak imparts rich… Continue reading

BLT means much more than a meal

…of restaurants and retail outlets. All five premium labels have developed a “cult wine” following: Darighe, Maghee, Dussek, Kennedy Shah, and Hudson-Shah.  Darighe is an exquisite, high-end Bordeaux-style blend that is considered the flagship. The second label, a robust 100 percent Merlot called Maghee, is so outstanding that it sells out very quickly. Also know as a “Big Boy” Merlot, Maghee is our favorite Merlot in the… Continue reading

Vote for Your Favorite Washington State Wine

…n only wanted us to list our top five. Ooops! Here are the first 12 Washington wines that came to my mind: 2003 Darighe, Woodhouse Family Cellars 2004 Dussek Cab Sauv, Woodhouse Family Cellars 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauv, Gilbert Cellars 2006 “Jolie Bouche” Syrah, Efeste Wines 2006 Destiny, Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2005 Limited Edition Cab Sauv, Page Cellars 2005 Tre Fanciulli, JM Cellars 2006 Cab Sauv, Columbia Valley, Fall Line… Continue reading

Wine for Thanksgiving

…auv from Gilbert Cellars and 2004 Dussek Cab Sauv from Woodhouse Family Cellars. We also love Woodhouse’s Darighe. But the choice isn’t that easy — we recently adored 2005 Preface and 2005 Libra from Page Cellars and then there’s the 2005 Estate Cab from Alexandria Nicole Cellars. And what about the robust Syrahs and the smooth red blends offered in Washington state? Our cellar is also stacked with wines from JM Cellars, A… Continue reading

Play it Again in 2010

…huge fans of Dussek Cab, which is also a favorite of my sister in Vancouver. And then there’s the velvety Darighe – we’re hoarding vintages of this opulent wine! We also want to say Happy New Year to our new friends at Goosecross Cellars, David and Colleen Topper. We spent hours talking to them about wine and social media when we were in Napa Valley last May – and we know we’d see them frequently if we lived closer…. Continue reading

Washington Wine Month-Our Faves

…2009 Forgotten Hills Syrah The Woodhouse Wine Estates 2006 and 2004 Dussek Cabernet Sauvignon; every vintage of Darighe Woodward Canyon 2009 and 2007 “Artist Series” Cabernet Sauvignon; 2003 Charbonneau William Church 2009 and 2008 Bishop’s Blend; 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon We are really looking forward to tasting new releases from these wineries and trying pours from wineries that are new to us too at Taste Washington, the Super B… Continue reading