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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Valentines Day 2024

Valentines Day 2023Whether you spend Valentines Day 2024 with your spouse, partner, family or good friends, it’s a wonderful time to enjoy red wine and chocolates. Or white wine, rosé or sparkling wine. Certainly, some people prefer to celebrate love and friendship every day – and why not? Regardless of your choice, here is our list of 14 suggestions for Valentines Day Wines — from Washington, British Columbia, France, South Africa and Georgia. Of note, this is also American Heart Month, which reinforces the importance of heart health, with a goal to eradicate heart disease and stroke.

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Canvasback Wines

Canvasback WinesWe tasted nine Canvasback wines in June, when we visited the winery‘s rustic yet elegant tasting room for the first time. What a lovely Walla Walla location to experience Canvasback’s extensive wine portfolio. From sophisticated to hedonistic, polished to luscious, and refreshing to captivating, Canvasback has it all. Duckhorn pioneers Dan and Margaret Duckhorn founded the winery in 2012, and named it after the Canvasback duck, native to the Pacific Flyway.

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Avennia Red Mountain

Avennia Red Mountain tasting lineupSuperb winemaker Chris Peterson’s style remains consistent over the years, as we witnessed during our first time at Avennia Red Mountain estate winery last month. And we go back more than a decade. In 2012, we stopped by Avennia, then one of Woodinville’s newest wineries, and became immediate fans of Chris and managing partner Marty Taucher. At the time, we wrote that Avennia wines were “classiccomplex, balanced, structured, true to varietal, and a showcase of the beauty of Washington grapes.” They still are. Read on for details of our visit and the wines we tasted.

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