Warm Weather Whites

With the warm days easing into summer heat, an array of white wines have caught our attention. Overall, these are super summer sippers to pair with your patio or deck, poolside or lakeside. They also complement fish, crab, scallops, oysters, shrimp, prawns, sushi or a tasty summer salad.

Until recently, our palates preferred Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio. However, this year we discovered beautiful wines ranging from the unusual white Cabernet Franc (Blanc Franc) to the wallet-friendly Turbiana grape from Lugana, Italy.

Most importantly, there are so many wonderful wines to explore this summer. For example, here are some that we have tasted from Washington state, Oregon, British Columbia, Italy, France, Iberia and New Zealand.

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Rosé Roundup 2020

Glasses of RoseSummer is around the corner and it’s time to rosé all day! Yes, it’s time to drink pink on the patio, oceanside or poolside. We sip it on our deck lakeside on warm evenings, and watch its pretty color match the gorgeous Washington sunset.

Pair food-friendly rosé with seafood, triple-cream cheeses, shellfish, smoked salmon, salads, pasta, grilled chicken, grilled lamb, Asian dishes or red-berry desserts. Or simply drink rosé without food, as a refreshing summer sipper.

Here are seven stellar rosés that we enjoyed — three from Washington state, two from France and one each from Oregon and California. Continue reading

Lauren Ashton 2019 Rosé

LAC 2019 RoseWarmer weather means it’s time to sip rosé on the deck or patio, lakeside, oceanside or poolside. And Lauren Ashton Cellars 2019 Rosé is a gorgeous start to the season.

First, the latest release of Lauren Ashton Rosé exemplifies the high quality of the 2019 rosés in Washington state.

Second, we have enjoyed this rosé, vintage after vintage, but the addition of Cinsault in 2019 brings some light spices to the mix, so it’s our favorite.

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Support Auction of WA Wines Virtually

Auction of Washington WinesLike so many events this year, the 33rd annual Auction of Washington Wines is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, organizers stress that AWW is not canceled. Rather, they are finding new ways to increase a broader audience’s appreciation of Washington wines in a new virtual environment.

We are long-time supporters of this excellent non-profit organization. Therefore, we now look forward to participating in the virtual events. Here are some of the changes.

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