The Schoolhouse

Winemaker Marcus Rafanelli at the schoolhouseWe know whenever we spend time with L’Ecole 41‘s passionate winemaker Marcus Rafanelli at the schoolhouse, we’re going to have a fun and educational time. And our recent trip to Walla Walla continued that trend. For example, last month Marcus poured us recent releases and library wines in addition to tank and barrel samples. We compared the future releases to the current and older ones, and we can definitely say there is more impressive L’Ecole wine in the years ahead.
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Treveri

Karlee ReynoldsWe finally visited Washington’s incredible Treveri Cellars, just south of Yakima, and are still trying to figure out why it took us so long. Treveri is a family-owned sparkling wine house, which has served its bubbles at White House State Department receptions and the James Beard Foundation in New York. After tasting pours from numerous bottles offered by our amazing hostess, Karlee Reynolds, we understand why there is such a buzz. For example, Karlee, a hospitality queen, told us that about 1,000 people stopped by the tasting room over the Memorial Day weekend. Of note, prices of the bottles represent an affordable luxury.

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Walla Walla Wine On Tour

IWalla Walla Wine on Tourf you can’t make it to Walla Walla, the next best thing is to go to “Walla Walla Wine on Tour.” We drove to Seattle to do just that, and it was a perfect opportunity to celebrate stellar Walla Walla wine. We visited winemakers we’ve known for a while, like Trey Busch at Sleight of Hand Cellars and Joe Czarny at Canvasback, and said hello again to Emily Kiefer, the hospitality goddess at Caprio Cellars. In addition, we met some others for the first time – Doug Frost of Echolands, Tim Lenihan of Dossier, and Kelsey Albro Itämeri from itä wines. We tasted impressive new vintages of old favorites and enjoyed amazing wines that are new to us. Cheers to Walla Walla wine! And happy 40th anniversary to the AVA!

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Taste WA 2024

Taste WA 2023Tickets are on sale now for Taste WA 2024. For two decades, we have called this festival “the Super Bowl of Wine Events.” It’s the country’s largest single-region wine and food extravaganza. So what are you waiting for?  Especially because ticket prices rise as the event gets closer. You do not want to miss this explosion of tastes, fun and education on March 14-24 in Seattle. Continue reading