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

There’s nothing like a stellar Cab Franc from Washington State

…an elegant 2004 from Corliss Estates, a robust 2012 Outcast from Barrage Cellars, and a rich 2012 Cooper Estate Red Mountain Cabernet Franc. Here are some other Washington state wineries that, in our opinion, produce the Cab Franc grape as a shining single-varietal wine. Barrister Winery DiStefano Winery Fidelitas Wines Fielding Hills Hard Row to Hoe Northwest Totem Cellars  Vin du Lac Walla Walla Vintners Watermill Winery What Cab Francs do you… Continue reading

Hope Family Wines

…brands are in their barrels and bottles, three of which we experienced recently during a Twitter tasting sponsored by the winery and Boston Wine Expo. 2013 Liberty School Merlot, $16 This medium-bodied wine is ruby in color, and packed with flavors. Dense and earthy with blackberries, blueberries and plum, with a hint of dark chocolate and spice, this is one good-value, good-tasting Merlot. Try pairing it with pizza or burgers. Troublemaker Blen… Continue reading

Columbia Crest Reserve Wines

We recently sampled three red wines from the Columbia Crest Reserve program — a layered red blend and two robust Cab Sauvs — all of which we recommend if you like your wine big and smooth. These wines were free samples provided by Columbia Crest, which is located in Horse Heaven Hills, next to the Columbia River in eastern Washington. After tasting them, we can say that we would buy all three, particularly the Reserve Cab from Red M… Continue reading

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