Taste Washington 2021

Taste Washington 2020Taste Washington 2021 won’t be an in-person event because of the pandemic. But don’t worry – there’s plenty to celebrate in March. Instead of a festival, there is a month-long appreciation of Washington wine and food.

Firstly, Washington wineries will offer promotions, including shipping specials, waived tasting fees, wine discounts, virtual tastings and more. Secondly, restaurants will offer weekly specials and recipes. Likewise, there are two ways to enjoy delicious wine and food: Taste Washington to Go and Taste Washington at Home. Continue reading

L’Ecole 41 Cabernet Sauvignon

L'Ecole 41 historic schoolhouseA trip to Walla Walla is not complete without stopping at  L’Ecole 41‘s historic schoolhouse. But since our travels are limited these days, we are delighted to participate in a wine education collaboration program with the third-oldest winery in Walla Walla. Firstly, we tasted L’Ecole 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2017. You can purchase this special wine online but it’s also widely available in stores. Moreover, L’Ecole offers wine flights so you too can enjoy it and other magnificent wines with virtual guided tastings.

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Stats and Facts

Glasses of red and white wineEvery year around this time, we love to share stats and facts about the wonderful wine industry in Washington state. Therefore, we hope you enjoy this 2020 version, courtesy of Washington Wine.

Firstly, the number of wineries grew to more than 1,000, compared to 19 in 1981. Secondly, more than 70 varieties of grapes are grown now. That compares to 30 just six short years ago. Thirdly, the ratio is 59% red and 41% white, a flip from 55% white and 45% red six years ago. Further, the average amount of summer sunshine in Washington state, compared to California, might surprise you! Read on for fun stats and facts about Washington wine. Continue reading

Favorite 50 Wines in 2020

Favorite 50 Wines in 2020Happy New Year! As we begin 2021, it would normally be time for our annual 50 Favorite Washington Wineries List for the previous year. But 2020 was far from normal. Firstly, thanks to COVID, we attended our last wine event on Feb. 29. Secondly, we had to cancel our planned trips to wineries in Walla Walla, Woodinville, Lake Chelan, B.C. and Oregon. As a result, we decided to highlight our favorite 50 wines instead of wineries in 2020. These are the wines we enjoyed at home or with members of our pod on socially-distanced outdoor patios. In addition, we expanded the list to include wines from Oregon, California, B.C., Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Spain, Chile and Argentina. Read on for our favorite 50 wines in 2020.
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