William Church Winery-Try These Wines Over the Holidays

We’ve been fans of William Church Winery since March, 2008, when our wine-expert nephew, Mathew, came to visit us with a bottle of their 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. It was awesome, so we made a point to visit their tasting room in Woodinville’s winery warehouse district — William Church was one of the eight original warehouse wineries. Unfortunately, this was not an easy feat at the time because they were only open on Saturdays. B… Continue reading

We’re Back!

…the blog site went down, down, down – and remained in that dark state for two days. Two l-o-n-g days. But then my wonderful nephew Louis came to the rescue – and voila, Write for Wine is back in business! We can’t find enough words to thank Louis, who along with the lovely Karyne, became new parents a mere one week ago when my beautiful great-niece Lyv was born in Montreal. Felicitations et merci beaucoup! Cheers! Salut!… Continue reading

William Church Winery

…ves well over time.” We first tasted William Church’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon in March 2008, thanks to my nephew Mathew in Vancouver, who was an early fan of William Church wines. I’ve written about these wines frequently — including that 2005 Cab (last September), the delicious 2005 Bishop’s Blend (I just bought a couple more bottles yesterday) and the soon-to-be released 2 Spires (can’t wait!). Rod and Leslie are a… Continue reading

Cheers for Chatter Creek!

Once again my marvellous nephew, Mathew, introduced us to a winner — Chatter Creek, which we finally had a chance to visit during St. Nick’s weekend earlier this month. As I mentioned at the time, owner and winemaker Gordon Rawson poured us some very balanced, fruit-forward wines and one of our favorites was 2005 Chatter Creek Blend 105. We brought some home with us and decided it was perfect to open it during the holidays. The bottl… Continue reading

Thanks for Great Washington State Wine

…om my father who lives in Vancouver (B.C.) Although he hasn’t quite developed the palate of my sister, my nephew, Dave or me, he still enjoyed the pre-dinner Three Rivers 2005 Meritage Red  – possibly because this fine blend contains 12% Petit Verdot. With dinner, we sipped on another bottle of Gilbert Cellars 2005 Estate Cab, which we highly recommend. We took a night off to recuperate from all the great food and wine, but on Sunday… Continue reading

A New Fave: William Church

A few months ago, my wine-expert nephew Mathew from Vancouver visited us, so of course we took him to Woodinville. He came with us to our usual haunts but when we went to an exclusive wine party, he headed out with his friends for pours at other tasting rooms. We met up again later that evening, where he opened a William Church 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon. It was awesome. But when we returned to Woodinville a couple of weeks later (and again and aga… Continue reading

Washington Wine Weekend

…casions to drink some really good reds — and all from Washington state, I’m proud to say. First, my nephew Mathew opened up a bottle of Matthews Cellars 2003 Conner Lee Vineyard Cabernet Franc Reserve, which was awarded 96 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. It was heaven. Much later, my sister poured a gem from the library collection at L’Ecole 41 – a 2001 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which was so amazin… Continue reading

Rose, eh!

…Cellars’ Syrah Rose, eh for a few days and then paired it with Reggiano Parmesano, introduced to me by my nephew, Mathew. (I’ve written in previous posts about Mathew’s excellent palate. It turns out that he also has excellent taste in cheese. He also has an affinity for Matt Loso’s other wines at Matthew Cellars. I’m not sure that my nephew would approve of a rosé, but maybe he’ll comment on this post to… Continue reading

WWD: William Church 2005 Cab

…rs and of course, his own awesome label, Matthews Estate. We had this premium Cab the other night, thanks to my nephew Mathew who occasionally brings his exquisite palate and his friends to Seattle to go wine-tasting with us. He’s mentioned William Church to us several times, but the tasting room was usually closed to the public, so we never experienced it. And we somehow missed the release weekend earlier this month. The good news —… Continue reading

WWD: BLT from Woodhouse Family Cellars

…d it up to have with our spaghetti dinner. It was just as good as I remembered it. Better really, with eight more months on the shelf. And the good news continues — BLT is for sale again at Woodhouse Family Cellars. We were at a wine club release party last night, and my nephew from Vancouver bought a few bottles. Next time you’re in Woodinville, stop by Woodhouse’s tasting room. You’ll be glad you did! Cheers!… Continue reading