Leoness Cellars

Leoness Cellars Tasting RoomOn our whirlwind Temecula wine country tour last week, we first stopped at scenic Leoness Cellars. The winery features stunning vineyard and mountain views, plus an award-winning restaurant. And the tasting room offers friendly hospitality and some darn good wine. We adored Leoness Cabernet Franc Reserve, however other bottles also made us smile. Read on for information about the winery’s story, their memorable wine and picturesque location.

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Perigee Components

Perigee 2018 and ComponentsPerigee is the time when the moon’s orbit is closest to the earth. Most importantly, it’s also a fitting name for L’Ecole No. 41 flagship Bordeaux blend that is sourced from fruit grown in Seven Hills Vineyard, its Certified Sustainable Estate Vineyard in Walla Walla. However, Perigee’s compositions differ with each vintage. So we were delighted to participate in an exclusive 2018 Perigee components tasting last week. Talk about an educational and delicious experience. Read on for details. Continue reading

Clif Family

Clif Family WineKit Crawford and Gary Erickson are passionate about cycling. They also love good food and wine. As a result, they launched Clif Family winery in 2003 next to one of the best cycling trails in the Napa Valley. In addition, they opened the Bruschetteria food truck adjoining their tasting room. And, they developed a CCOF-certified organic farm on Howell Mountain. Most importantly, they make every product with a mindset of quality “while having the lowest impact and cost to our planet.” Read on for more details about Clif Family, the three wine samples we tasted, and their fascinating story (hint, they also make CLIF and LUNA energy bars).

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Sleight of Hand

Daniel Burchardt Sleight of Hand CellarsWe have no idea why Sleight of Hand Cellars (SoH) hasn’t been on our list of must-visit Washington wineries. It is now. Last week, we stopped by the SoH Cellars SoDo tasting room in Seattle, and rediscovered their outstanding wine. Daniel Burchardt, Seattle operations director, guided us through an exceptional tasting of eight magnificent wines. Read on for more details about Sleight of Hand and its incredible portfolio. Continue reading