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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What’s in Our Glasses in April?

It's Wine O'Clock SomewhereMany people we know are enjoying wine from the safety and comfort of home by ordering bottles online, utilizing curbside pickup services and participating in creative winery promotions during COVID-19.

We too are supporting wineries during these tough times. Here are some bottles we have poured (so far) in April.

What’s in Our Glasses Lately?

In April, our wine picks included whites, rosé and reds from Washington State and Spain. Some were wallet-friendly, while some were for special occasions – for example, our wedding anniversary and my birthday. And we enjoyed every single pour.
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Cooperativa Vinícola San Valero-Part 1

Bodega San Valero WinesIn 1944, 66 wine-growing partners in Cariñena, Spain established Cooperativa Vinícola San Valero. Seventy-five harvests later, they are celebrating this milestone with a renewal of their wines and wineries. The group currently consists of 500 wine-growing partners and 4,000 hectares of vineyards.

The cooperative is made up of Bodega San Valero, the original winery, along with Bodega Gran Ducay, Bodega Particular de San Valero, Bodegaverde de San Valero and Tierra de Cubas. With a rich history of innovation, the cooperative produces expressive and fun wines at wallet-friendly prices.

In the month of April, we are participating in weekly #WineStudio tastings of some of their wines. Firstly, in this post, we look at the five wines that we tasted at the beginning of the month. Secondly, our next post discusses four more wines that we tasted in the last two weeks of April.
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Santé, Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020

Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 3.01.23 PMWe recently attended a grand tasting at the annual Vancouver International Wine Festival, and had a fantastic time. This year’s focus was on France, with 42 wineries representing the country’s diverse wine regions. In total, 162 wineries from 16 countries poured at 57 events over the eight-day festival. Consequently, about 1,450 wines were shared with 25,000 participants.

Meanwhile, the International Festival Tasting Room formed the heart of the event, where some 780 wines were available for sampling at the grand tastings. Read on for some favorites.
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