December to Remember

…to remember! Efeste 2010 Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon William Church 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cooper Estate 2012 Red Mountain Cabernet Franc Obelisco 2011 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Guardian Cellars 2010 The Wanted Bordeaux Blend Barrage Cellars 2009 Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon Barrage Cellars 2010 Outcast Cabernet Franc Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2011 Destiny Bordeaux Blend Fairview Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan Valley VQA Co… Continue reading

Taste of Tulalip 2014

…ours for every palate. Kicking off the event Friday evening at Tulalip Resort was the Celebration Dinner, an incredible six-course meal paired with excellent wines. While the entire dinner was beyond magnificent, our ultimate favorites were: Creamy Jerusalem Artichoke soup, pumpkin seed pesto, creme fruit and crispy leek straws (Chef Brent Clarkson), paired with d’s Wicked Hard Cider “Baked Apple,” Kennewick, WA Seared scallop w… Continue reading

Good Value Reds for the Holidays

…Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc, and pairs well with roasted and grilled meats, dishes with red sauces or rich cheese. Marietta’s Well is one of California’s original wineries, propagated in 1883 with vineyard cuttings from Chateau Margaux and Chateau d’Yquem in France. Need we say more? Oh, one more thing — Murrieta’s Well is owned by Philip Wente of Wente Vineyards, the country’s oldest, continu… Continue reading

Tinhorn Creek-Beautiful British Columbia Part 2

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, quite simply, is a must-stop destination for any visit to British Columbia wine country. September 23rd marked the 20th anniversary of Tinhorn Creek, which has grown from barrels of wine in the basement of a house to 150 acres of vines on a beautiful estate in Oliver Osoyoos wine country, in the south Okanagan’s “Golden Mile” region. Over the years, Tinhorn Creek has also become known in Canada as one of the… Continue reading

Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon

…about why Wine Spectator named this beauty “Wine of the Year.” A true palate-pleaser, this luscious red packs in a lot of ripe, rich flavors with a long finish. According to owner and winemaker Chuck Wagner: “This wine exemplifies our style of Cabernet out of a great vintage – deep color, rich, concentrated and balanced. 2012 celebrates 40 years of producing our pride and joy, Caymus Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvigno… Continue reading

Lauren Ashton Cellars

…and grilled meats, alongside asparagus, mushrooms and potatoes.” (Sample provided by the winery) The 2011 Red Mountain Reserve Syrah is even better. This silky, elegant wine is only available at the Lauren Ashton Cellars Tasting Studio in Woodinville. The recommended pairing is “roast pork accompanied by fresh fig skewers or grilled meats of all kinds.” Kit also created a handful of 2011 Columbia Valley red blends, which we can&… Continue reading

Time to Party with Alexandria Nicole Cellars

…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

Another Favorite Winery in McLaren Vale, Australia

…1892. Known as one of the best Shiraz produced in McLaren Vale, Block 6 Shiraz is robust, rich, complex, structured, smooth and simply beautiful. The outstanding 2011 vintage is the 27th release of this single vineyard wine, produced in the  tradition of open-top fermentation and basket-pressing used for more than a century. We also were impressed with Kay Brothers 2011 Cuthbert Cabernet . In wine country known worldwide for Shiraz, it was a brea… Continue reading

August Brings the Auction of Washington Wines

…Double Canyon, Efeste, Fidelitas, Hedges Family Estate, Kevin White Winery, Result of a Crush, Reynvaan Family Vineyards, Sleight of Hand Cellars, Sparkman Cellars, Spring Valley Vineyard, Va Piano, Walla Walla Vintners, Woodward Canyon and others. More than 30 additional Washington wineries will also be pouring wine during the picnic. And what would a picnic be without great bites? Chefs from the Tulalip Resort Casino will provide gourmet fare… Continue reading

Double Canyon-New Winemaker, New Wine

…e wines. At that time, we met new winemaker Jason Ledbetter, who had just come to Double Canyon from Pine Ridge Vineyards, Trefethen Vineyards and Cakebread Cellars in Napa. We could tell immediately that Jason had a passion for appellation-focused estate wine, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, which is Double Canyon’s focus. In the months since then, he has frequently referred to Horse Heaven Hills as “a special place” and a lea… Continue reading