In time for the holidays, we tasted four sustainable wines from Clif Family that would be perfect for Thanksgiving feasts. These are killer wines. With the very first sip, we noticed the excellent quality. First, owners Kit Crawford and Gary Erickson source the grapes from CCOF Organic and Napa Green certified vineyards in the Howell Mountain and Oak Knoll District AVAs. Next, winemaker Laura Barrett crafts her wines with minimal intervention for a true expression of the grape’s character. Read on for details of these sustainable Thanksgiving wines.
Rush Lattin Cellars is a Washington state winery located at the Maltby Wine Vault in Snohomish. The winery focuses on Syrah and Grenache, and I have no idea why we’ve never tasted their wines before. So when owners Larry and Michelle Ransom recently sent us Syrah samples, we welcomed the introduction. We discovered they opened the winery in 2017, with a goal to make some of Washington’s finest Syrahs, using grapes from Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills. Subsequently, Seattle Wine Awards 2022 gave Rush Lattin Cellars a double-gold as well as a gold for two of their Syrahs. We tasted both of them and understand why.
Adega on 45th Estate Winery is unique in B.C.’s south Okanagan. First, Adega wines are relatively inexpensive, compared to many other good-quality wines in the region. Next, they don’t charge a tasting fee. Rather, they ask for a small donation to help families in need. How cool is that? Meanwhile, all their wines are known for being fruit forward with a dry finish. We shared a tasting of nine wines, including their signature wine Quarteto Tinto, which we brought home.
Nk’Mip Cellars is the first Indigenous winery in North America. The winery sources its grapes from traditional lands of the Osoyoos Indian Band in B.C. The pronunciation is Inka-meep. In its local language, Nk’Mip means “bottomland,” because of its location at the edge of the Okanagan Valley, which was originally the band’s winter hunting grounds. In addition to the winery and its award-winning wines, the gorgeous tourist destination features a cultural centre, a resort, golf course and RV park/campground. We’ve wanted to visit Nk’Mip for years, and finally stopped there during our fall B.C. wine tour.