Youngberg Hill

Youngberg Hill wineWe first tasted Youngberg Hill wine when we lived in Silverton, Oregon more than two decades ago. Just 10 minutes from downtown McMinnville, Youngberg Hill sits on a 50-acre hilltop with spectacular views. Its 30-year-old vineyard is farmed organically and known for producing award-winning wines. We tasted three last week, and recommend all of them. Read on to find out about their story, wine and beautiful inn. Continue reading

Lauren Ashton Cellars

Lauren Ashton CellarsWe have been fans of Lauren Ashton Cellars since late 2012, when we met winemaker and owner Kit Singh at numerous wine events and tasted his lovely wines. So we were delighted to receive a shipment of two stunning new releases — 2020 Cuvée Meline and 2015 Proprietor’s Reserve Cuvée. Most importantly, these wines are available at the Lauren Ashton Cellars Tasting Studio in Woodinville as well as online. Read on for more.

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Whole Picture Cab Franc

Bottles of Whole Picture Cab FrancIf you love Cabernet Franc, be sure to try this upcoming release from Hard Row to Hoe. You might know it from previous vintages as Burning Desire, but it’s now called 2018 Whole Picture Cab Franc. In other words, Hard Row produces this organically farmed, luscious wine under its new Whole Picture label, which features wine made exclusively from their estate vineyard. Read on to learn more about this gorgeous wine, and more about Whole Picture.

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L’Ecole Artisan Wine

L'Ecole Large Production Winery in a Schoolhouse Also Sells Artisan WineMost people think of L’Ecole 41 as a major, well-known wine producer in Washington state. And they would be right. L’Ecole, the third-oldest winery in Walla Walla, produces about 45,000 cases of wine each year. L’Ecole is also one of the most honored wineries in the state, generating international accolades for its superior quality wines. But wait a minute. L’Ecole artisan wine is also very noteworthy. Yes, this epic winery also creates small-batch artisan wines; for example, the beautiful 2018 Cabernet Franc-Merlot. Continue reading