Summer Concert Series

CSM concertTickets go on sale Monday June 21 for Chateau Ste. Michelle‘s 36th Summer Concert Series. Yes, the concert series is back, beginning with Fitz and The Tantrums. What happens when you pair a concert at the oldest winery in WA with music, award-winning wine and picturesque surroundings? The result is a special experience. Read on for details.
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Michael Florentino and Sherman

Michael Florentino Sherman WinesMichael Florentino Cellars and Sherman Winery specialize in European-style wines using Washington state grapes. Owner and winemaker Brad Sherman crafts Italian and Spanish wines for Michael Florentino, while all Sherman wines are made from French varieties. Twenty current releases range from $20 – $41. For example, Brad produces Pinot Grigio, Sauv Blanc, Albariño, Marsanne, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Barbera, Tempranillo, Mourvèdre, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.We recently tasted samples from both wineries. Read on for details.

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Rosé Day

National Rose Day BottlesToday, June 12, is National Rosé Day. Celebrate! But also keep in mind that there’s always an occasion to “rosé all day!” Certainly, we love to drink pink on our lakeside deck, and watch its pretty color match the gorgeous Washington sunsets. However, while rosé is perfect for summer sipping, it also has a place during other celebrations throughout the year. Above all, rosés are food-friendly and wallet-friendly wines. For instance, pair rosé with seafood, shellfish, smoked salmon, salads, pasta and Asian dishes. Or simply drink rosé without food. Here are ten beautiful rosés that we poured recently (by location, in alphabetical order) — five from Washington state, one from Oregon, three from France and one from Chile.
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Va Piano

Justin Wiley and Murphy at Va PianoVa Piano winemaker and owner Justin Wylie is friendly, laid back, knowledgeable and super talented. We always visit Justin, his dog Murphy and his winery whenever we travel to Walla Walla. Our April visit continued this tradition. His latest 2018 releases are some of his best that we’ve tasted over the years. And his scenic, newly landscaped outdoor area provides a relaxing place to kick back with a glass of outstanding wine and a scrumptious charcuterie board. Continue reading