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

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