Big Winemaker News at EFESTE

…someone who can speak your language.” Regular readers of this blog know we’ve been fans of Brennon and EFESTE for years. My article about Brennon in Seattleite Magazine landed him in third spot in the magazine’s Top Ten newsmakers of the year (2011). We first met him in 2008, when we barrel-tasted Jolie Bouche during a St. Nick’s event in Woodinville. We instantly became members of EFESTE’s Inner Circle wine club, and appl… Continue reading

Who Has a Pretty Mouth?

EFESTE, that’s who – with their oh-so-drinkable Jolie Bouche Syrah. “Jolie Bouche” translates from French to “pretty mouth” – a perfect name for a Syrah with a wonderful mouthfeel. Back on Dec. 8, 2008, my blog post declared EFESTE’s Jolie Bouche Syrah a winner.  Year after year, it remains a favorite. The previous day, Dec. 7,  2008 at St. Nick’s Open House Weekend in Woodinville, was when… Continue reading

EFESTE Rocks Reds and Whites

…ave said “pulls no punches,” and an artist who also likes to experiment. Actually, everyone from EFESTE is passionate, smart and fun – Daniel and Helen Ferrelli, Kevin and Angie Taylor, and Patrick Smith. I’m happy to say that Dave and I have become friends with the wonderful group at EFESTE, and I’ve helped them with Twitter for almost a year. But it began with the wine. We first tasted the wine at St. Nick’s… Continue reading

William Church 2006 Bishop’s Blend

…ase this all-occasion red wine “that is truly a labor of love as we blended and blended until we got it just right.  Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon it also contains Merlot, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Syrah and Sangiovese. See what we mean! Layers of rich fruit create an exceptionally complex wine priced for the times at only $19/bottle.” We first tasted this fine wine at St. Nick’s weekend and recently picked up a pre-release (or two)… Continue reading

Efeste, Alexandria Nicole, Woodhouse – It’s Wine Release Time!

Only one week to go until Efeste‘s Jolie Bouche Syrah is released, and we can’t wait. It was one of our favorite tastes at St. Nick’s weekend in December and we highly recommend it. Winemaker Brennon Leighton spun some magic on this one! Jolie Bouche means “pretty mouth” in French and the phrase exemplifies this wine! On Feb. 28 (from 12-5 p.m.), three Efeste 2006 releases will be available: Jolie Bouche Syrah, Ceid… Continue reading

Going Quickly: Passport to Woodinville Tickets

…Des Voigne Cellars, DiStefano Winery, Edmonds Winery, Efeste, Gordon Brothers Tasting Room, Guardian Cellars, Hestia Cellars, Hollywood Hill Vineyards, J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio, Matthews Estate, Northwest Totem Cellars, Page Cellars, Pomum Cellars, Red Sky Winery, Sparkman Cellars, Silver Lake Winery, Washington Wine Company/Patterson Cellars, William Church Winery, Woodhouse Family Cellars, Woodinville Wine Cellars and XSV. If you love St. N… Continue reading

A Toast to Monolith 2006

Over the holidays, we lifted our glasses in a special toast to Ken and Robin Nydam, even though we’ve never met them. The reason for the toast was sad, unfortunately – we were drinking 2006 Monolith from their recently closed winery, Arlington Road Cellars. As I mentioned in early December, we stopped by their tasting room during St. Nick’s weekend and learned the doors were closing that weekend. What bad news! We purchased a c… Continue reading

Cheers for Chatter Creek!

…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 bottle modestly calls it &#822… Continue reading

Another Wonderful Washington Cabernet

…th his wonderful wife, Rothelle.) Only 96 cases of 2005 Limited Edition were produced. We purchased some during St. Nick’s weekend last month, and opened a bottle to accompany our steak dinner over the holidays. This wine is impressive. Here are the tasting notes: “Blackberry, currant and cassis rumble across the palate while balanced soft grained tannins finesse the finish, twenty one months aged in French oak and fifteen months to d… Continue reading

Excellent Efeste

We heard the buzz about Efeste Wines for months but could never organize our schedule with their openings in Woodinville. So I am delighted to tell you that Efeste’s tasting room is now open every weekend — Fridays through Sundays — from noon to 4 p.m. As mentioned in a previous blog post, we stopped by on St. Nick’s weekend earlier this month and met Brennon Leighton, winemaker extraordinaire, along with owners Kevin and… Continue reading