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

Mollydooker Wines-Part 2

…Fruit Weight™,” along with other stories we heard from Sparky’s dad, Leigh Gawith, who is also the vineyard manager. Sparky and Leigh are both pictured on the right in a photo we took during our visit. To refresh your memory, we spent a few hours at Mollydooker’s Cellar Door in McLaren Vale, Australia last month; we had so much fun and learned so much that we are writing a second blog post about our experience. Mollydooker: Som… Continue reading

Mollydooker Wines-Part 1

…n the Marquis Fruit Weight™; heard amusing tales from Sparky Marquis and his dad, Leigh Gawith, who is also the vineyard manager; talked social media and cookie butter with Jen, Mollydooker’s Facebook and Twitter guru; chatted with Fran, our tour host; had a delicious meal of fresh garden produce; and searched for Bill, the resident Koala bear. We never did see Bill, who hides high up in the trees surrounding the beautiful estate vineyards… Continue reading

Franciscan Estate

…as a challenging, cool growing season, the Franciscan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers beautiful aromas of red fruit and a silky mouthfeel. Comprised of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 2% Petite Verdot, 1% Syrah and 1% Cabernet Franc, this Bordeaux-style blend pairs well with hamburgers and other meat dishes. While it is drinkable now, we recommend putting it down for a couple of years to further enhance the flavors. This is a good examp… Continue reading