Caprio

Emily Kiefer at Caprio CellarsCaprio Cellars always provides an elevated wine-and-food adventure at their Walla Walla tasting room. When we first stopped by three years ago, we called it “a hidden gem with a winning combination: elegant wines, tasty food, a gorgeous tasting room, incredible hospitality and a 360° view of the Walla Walla Valley.” We now stop by every year, and in May we affirmed that this description holds true, except it is no longer a secret. Many wine enthusiasts have happily discovered a five-star visit at Caprio. Customer Experience Director Emily Kiefer and her staff have a goal to find creative ways to give you an exceptional experience. For example, Caprio now offers a new educational tasting called “The Perfect Pair,” which looks at how Caprio develops the perfect food and wine pairings. Sign us up!

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The Schoolhouse

Winemaker Marcus Rafanelli at the schoolhouseWe know whenever we spend time with L’Ecole 41‘s passionate winemaker Marcus Rafanelli at the schoolhouse, we’re going to have a fun and educational time. And our recent trip to Walla Walla continued that trend. For example, last month Marcus poured us recent releases and library wines in addition to tank and barrel samples. We compared the future releases to the current and older ones, and we can definitely say there is more impressive L’Ecole wine in the years ahead.
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Treveri

Karlee ReynoldsWe finally visited Washington’s incredible Treveri Cellars, just south of Yakima, and are still trying to figure out why it took us so long. Treveri is a family-owned sparkling wine house, which has served its bubbles at White House State Department receptions and the James Beard Foundation in New York. After tasting pours from numerous bottles offered by our amazing hostess, Karlee Reynolds, we understand why there is such a buzz. For example, Karlee, a hospitality queen, told us that about 1,000 people stopped by the tasting room over the Memorial Day weekend. Of note, prices of the bottles represent an affordable luxury.

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Rosé All Day

Glasses of RoseJune 8 is National Rosé Day, but it’s not the only time to rosé all day! Spring is here and summer is around the corner, and therefore, there’s always an occasion to drink pink. Certainly, it’s time to drink pink on the patio, oceanside or poolside. We sip it on our deck lakeside on warm evenings, and watch its pretty color match the gorgeous Washington sunsets. However, there are many colors of rosé, from the palest of pinks to rich cranberry and even orange. Here are some we’ve tasted lately.

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