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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L’Ecole 41

L'Ecole 41 historic schoolhouseWe have been fans of  L’Ecole 41 since we moved to Washington state in 1999. Consequently, L’Ecole 41 makes our Top 50 Wineries List year after year. Certainly, the winery continues to produce stellar wines every vintage. So please read on for more information about the third-oldest winery in Walla Walla, founded in 1983 in an historic schoolhouse. In addition, you’ll find out about L’Ecole’s wine flights now available to enjoy at home 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