South Africa Cab Sauv

South Africa Cab SauvWhen we think of Cabernet Sauvignon, we usually think of Bordeaux and our home state of Washington. So we were surprised to discover that Cab Sauv is the most widely planted red-wine grape in South Africa. Yes, we admit that we have just started exploring the world of South African wines. So we resoundingly said “Yes, please!” when samples of three bottles of South Africa Cab Sauv came our way. Read on for details of the three wines we tasted.

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Argentinian Reds

Trapiche Argentinian RedsArgentina is widely known for Malbec, and Trapiche Winery crafts some excellent bottles. But Trapiche also produces standout Cabernet Sauvignon that represents the flavor of their country at a great price. We recently received samples of three of their Argentinian reds, which impressed us. Moreover, you can find something for everybody in their portfolio, from entry-level wines to world-class single vineyard wines. Read on for details of these Argentinian reds and the Trapiche story.

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Liberty Lake

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars lineupWe originally tasted wines from Liberty Lake Wine Cellars a year ago, and appreciated them. The trend continues, after receiving three samples of current releases from winemaker and co-owner Mark Lathrop: Reserve Syrah, Petit Verdot and Merlot (in time for Merlot Month). Liberty Lake is a  boutique Washington state winery near Spokane, focusing on bold reds from Red Mountain. Read on for details about these tasty wines and the Liberty Lake story.

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Merlot Month

Merlot Month: L'Ecole Columbia and Walla Walla Valleys Merlot 2018October is the 9th annual global Merlot Month, and what better way to celebrate than with the grape that put L’Ecole on the map in 1983. Therefore, we opened two 2018 wines crafted by L’Ecole: white-label Walla Walla Valley Estate Merlot and black-label Columbia Valley Merlot. However, these two are very different, and not just their price point. First, they come from different vineyards. Next, they feature unique blends. Above all, they are both delicious. Read on for details.

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