Hard Row to Hoe

Hard Row to Hoe BoatA month ago, we visited not one but two Hard Row to Hoe tasting rooms with our good friends, Chuck and Rita Kinzer. First, we stopped by the Leavenworth location. Next, we decided to visit the Hard Row Winery and Vineyards in Manson in the Lake Chelan Valley. Above all, winemaker Judy Phelps and her husband and vineyard manager Don Phelps, took a break from their successful harvest to chat with us. Read on for details of the outstanding wines we tasted.

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South Africa Cab Sauv

South Africa Cab SauvWhen we think of Cabernet Sauvignon, we usually think of Bordeaux and our home state of Washington. So we were surprised to discover that Cab Sauv is the most widely planted red-wine grape in South Africa. Yes, we admit that we have just started exploring the world of South African wines. So we resoundingly said “Yes, please!” when samples of three bottles of South Africa Cab Sauv came our way. Read on for details of the three wines we tasted.

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Sosie Reds

Sosie RedsSosie Wines is a French-inspired boutique winery in Sonoma County. Sosie is the French word for “double” or “twin.” Sosie’s husband-and-wife team of Scott MacFiggen and Regina Bustamante say the name reflects their ambition to produce California wines in an Old World style: food friendly and well balanced between acid and fruit. In the past few months, we’ve tasted three Sosie Reds in their lively portfolio — two different blends and a Pinot Noir. Read on for Sosie’s story and our notes on Sosie Reds. Continue reading

L’Ecole Syrah

LEcole Syrah by the LakeGetting ready to barbecue? Pick up a bottle of L’Ecole Syrah Columbia Valley 2018. Sure, most people think about refreshing white wine during this warm weather. And if you want to start your evening with a white, go for it. But once you fire up the grill, open this beautiful L’Ecole Syrah. It’s an easy-drinking crowd pleaser and only costs $25. Consequently, with ribs or a bacon blue-cheese burger, this Syrah is amazing. So what are you waiting for? Run, don’t walk, to grab a bottle for a BBQ before summer is over! Read on for more details.

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