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

Pair this 14 Hands wine with the Kentucky Derby

…special wine to commemorate its continued partnership with the Kentucky Derby® on May 2 — but this tasty red blend from the Columbia Valley is a good value wine to drink even after the 141st ‘Run for the Roses™ is over. The 14 Hands 2012 Kentucky Derby Red is a blend of 62% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Syrah, and showcases the juicy fruit character in grapes from Washington state. At $12 bottle, you can’t go wrong! But be su… Continue reading

Another Success for Taste Washington

…sting, educational seminars, lunches on local farms and at restaurants, wineries, hotels and retailers that offered special deals and promotions throughout the month. But we hope that people did more than taste the fine wine of Washington. We hope they appreciated it, and the hard work by people in our state’s wine industry – from farmers to vineyard managers to those in the production facilities, winemakers, distributors, marketing s… Continue reading

And the winner is … ANC Wines

…nning streak with a number of recent accolades for several of his stellar wines. Knowing Jarrod, he would also credit Jose Yanez, the excellent foreman at Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard, assistant winemaker Matt Dodson, and Jarrod’s amazing wife, co-owner and marketing manager, Ali Boyle. And last, but definitely not least, Jarrod would point to Mother Nature. Twenty-three varietals are planted at Destiny Ridge, and the belief at ANC is that… Continue reading

UPDATE on Taste Washington & Washington Wine Month

…ashington state industry. For example, discounts, flights and bonus pours of Washington state wines will be offered at many local wineries and tasting rooms across the state. Winemaker dinners will take place at various restaurants. There is a full calendar of Wine Month activities available, so you can plan ahead. The momentum builds until the end of the month when the Super Bowl of wine events in Seattle, Taste Washington, is held on March 26-2… Continue reading

Taste Washington Adds Farm-to-Table Experience

…urants add up to make March 26-29 a special four-day happening that you don’t want to miss: March 26: VIP Red & White party is held on the Seattle waterfront, where exclusive pours come from magnums of 90+ point Washington wines. March 27: The New Vintage offers a fantastic opportunity to interact with premier winemakers in a boutique downtown setting, sip great wine, eat gourmet bites and dance the night away. March 28 & 29: Educat… Continue reading

There’s nothing like a stellar Cab Franc from Washington State

…an elegant 2004 from Corliss Estates, a robust 2012 Outcast from Barrage Cellars, and a rich 2012 Cooper Estate Red Mountain Cabernet Franc. Here are some other Washington state wineries that, in our opinion, produce the Cab Franc grape as a shining single-varietal wine. Barrister Winery DiStefano Winery Fidelitas Wines Fielding Hills Hard Row to Hoe Northwest Totem Cellars  Vin du Lac Walla Walla Vintners Watermill Winery What Cab Francs do you… Continue reading

Hope Family Wines

…brands are in their barrels and bottles, three of which we experienced recently during a Twitter tasting sponsored by the winery and Boston Wine Expo. 2013 Liberty School Merlot, $16 This medium-bodied wine is ruby in color, and packed with flavors. Dense and earthy with blackberries, blueberries and plum, with a hint of dark chocolate and spice, this is one good-value, good-tasting Merlot. Try pairing it with pizza or burgers. Troublemaker Blen… Continue reading

Columbia Crest Reserve Wines

We recently sampled three red wines from the Columbia Crest Reserve program — a layered red blend and two robust Cab Sauvs — all of which we recommend if you like your wine big and smooth. These wines were free samples provided by Columbia Crest, which is located in Horse Heaven Hills, next to the Columbia River in eastern Washington. After tasting them, we can say that we would buy all three, particularly the Reserve Cab from Red M… Continue reading