Party Hearty – Harvest Party in the Vines

…s where the Harvest Party takes place! The fun begins and the wine starts to flow on buses that take you to the vineyard. No worries about finding a designated driver for this party. When you arrive, there are pours of the most recent ANC wines, while you can watch or participate in hilarious activities such as a grape stomp, wine balloon toss and skeet shooting. The vineyard and production team also compete in a barrel-rolling contest, cheered o… Continue reading

Taste of Tulalip Tickets On Sale

…15 honorary winemaker, Kerry Shiels of Côte Bonneville, have created a unique blend of wine sourced from DuBrul Vineyard grapes — 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. As you can see in the photo, the artwork by Mike Gobin for the commemorative wine bottle and plate is a beautiful expression of the Tulalip culture. Taste of Tulalip kicks off with the Celebration Dinner on Nov. 13 – an explosion of tastes and color… Continue reading

Seven Washington Cabs

…ranc, 24% Merlot) 2012 William Church Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Obelisco Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Fidelitas Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon   All five wines are big, bold and beautiful – it will be a tough choice to decide which one to pair with a big juicy BBQ steak. We also recently stocked up on our favorite wine to pair with Seahawks football – 2012 Alexandria Nicole Cellars Quarry Butte (52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlo… Continue reading

An Evening of Excellence: Chihuly and Chateau Ste. Michelle

What do you get when you combine the highest quality Artist Series red blend from Chateau Ste. Michelle and the private boathouse and studio of world-renowned glass sculptor, Dale Chilhuly? An evening of excellence. We were fortunate to be invited to the reception last week at Chihuly’s boathouse to honor the 20th vintage of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Artist Series wines. Chihuly designed the label on the first vintage, 1993, and was as… Continue reading

Summer Sauvignon Blancs

…t Franc are the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon. During the 18th century in Bordeaux, the Sauvignon Blanc vine paired with Cabernet Franc to parent the Cabernet Sauvignon vine. Here are some excellent Sauvignon Blancs that we recently tasted. 2014 Columbia Crest H3 Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills, $15 This rich wine from Columbia Crest in Washington state features some of the well-known characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc — tropical flavors… Continue reading

Good Value BBQ Reds

Summer time, and the living is easy. We have tasted some excellent good-value reds recently, so bring out the wine glasses and start up the BBQ! Troublemaker Blend 8, $20 Troublemaker comes from Hope Family Wines, a pioneer in Paso Robles wine country — established 30 years ago and still family-owned and operated. Troublemaker is a Rhone-style blend that is distinctly Paso: 46% Syrah, 25% Zinfandel, 14% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Petit… Continue reading

Taste of Tulalip – Beautiful Wine Enhanced by Beautiful Art

…15 honorary winemaker, Kerry Shiels of Côte Bonneville, have created a unique blend of wine sourced from DuBrul Vineyard grapes — 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Côte Bonneville is known for wines that are “age worthy and food friendly.” And we can’t wait to taste this special wine, particularly because both of our palates favor Cab-based Bordeaux blends. As you can see in the photo, the artwork… Continue reading

Double Canyon 2013 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon

…Petit Verdot (4% each) for extra complexity. The majority of the grapes were sourced from Double Canyon Estate Vineyard, with the remainder from Phinny Hill and Champoux Vineyards. From the tasting notes: This Cabernet embodies a delectable mix of fresh ripe red and black plum, intermingled with hints of dried red cherry. The addition of Syrah leads to a full and rich texture on the mid-palate, further accented by luscious blackberry notes suppl… Continue reading

Wine Rocks – In More Ways Than One

…nes on the pier. In addition, the event has some new features this year: Rhone Zone Wine Bar – taste Rhone-inspired red, white and rose wines Restaurant Zoe American Lamb Spit – grab a tasty American lamb bite from Chef Scott Staples Rockin’ Cocktail Samples from BevMo! – stay cool with these summer sips Yakima Valley Palate Pleasers – Sips and bites from Washington’s craft beverage and food hub Feast on offerings from six of Seattle’s hottest fo… Continue reading

Passing Time Winery’s Inaugural Release

…Chris Peterson, whom we first met when he co-founded Avennia with Marty Taucher in 2010. Chris is widely considered as one of the hottest winemakers in Washington state, and was named “Winemaker to Watch” by Seattle Magazine in 2013. This inaugural Passing Time wine blends 86% Cabernet Sauvignon from Discovery Vineyard with 9% Klipsun Merlot and 5% Champoux Cabernet Franc. It shows a balance of fruit and mineral elements, with a beaut… Continue reading