Summer White Wines

summer white winesOur enjoyment of summer white wines increases every year. Until recently, our palates preferred Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio. But these days, we also appreciate the refreshing, wallet-friendly Turbiana grape from Lugana, Italy and Marsanne from here in Washington state. Most importantly, there are so many wonderful summer white wines. For example, here are 25 that we have enjoyed from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Italy, France, South Africa and New Zealand. Most of them are everyday, good-value porch pounders or deck wines, but a few shine with an elegant meal.

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Lauren Ashton

Lauren Ashton 2022 Spring ReleasesWe always look forward to June releases from Lauren Ashton Cellars for one simple reason — co-owner/winemaker Kit Singh makes great wine. Certainly, his recent releases of 2021 Rosé and 2017 Cuvée Arlette are solid proof. We have enjoyed Kit’s impressive wines since the day he and his wife and co-owner Riinu opened their Woodinville winery in 2012. And these two releases continue in the tradition we respect: extraordinary wines for an enduring value. If you are looking for a Washington winery that produces consistently great wine at a decent price point, look no further than Lauren Ashton Cellars.

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National Rosé Day

Glasses of RoseJune 11 is National Rosé Day. But also keep in mind that summer is around the corner and therefore, there’s always an occasion to “rosé all day”! Certainly, 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 sunsets. However, we haven’t finalized all our bottles to open on National Rosé Day this year. Read on for the list of possibilities.

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Taste Red Mountain

Taste Red MountainWe always said we never met a grape from Red Mountain that we didn’t like. And last week’s event, Taste Red Mountain Woodinville, underlined our opinion. Likewise, it was a wonderful way to end Washington Wine Month. We tasted some standout wine, and connected with winemakers. We’ve known some of them for years, while we met others more recently. Read on for details about Red Mountain AVA, the winemakers and the wine. Continue reading