Dunham Cellars Winemaker Dinner at WBC 2018

We recently attended the Wine Bloggers Conference, which included a “mystery dinner” that was one of our favorite events. The mystery? Nobody knew what winery they would visit for dinner until they arrived there.

We were lucky. Our van arrived at Dunham Cellars, one of our favorite Walla Walla wineries because of the excellent wine and wonderful people. It’s one of our must-stops whenever we are visiting that side of the state.

The evening was perfect. The six-course meal was delicious and paired exquisitely with Dunham Cellars wines. We sat across from the lovely Joanne Dunham, whom we hadn’t seen in several years. What a treat.
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Le Bec Fin by Chateau Beck

Le Bec Fin by Chateau Beck is a new side project by Jean Claude Beck, the winemaker of The Woodhouse Wine Estates in Woodinville. We first met Jean Claude when he arrived at Woodhouse about ten years ago to lead their wine production, and we were immediately charmed and impressed.

He was born in the Alsace region of France, following several generations of winemakers; his family estate has been producing wine since 1579 in a small village south of Strasbourg. According to European gourmet magazine Feinschmecken, “everything this winemaker touches turns to gold in the bottle.” Jean Claude’s motto is “No boring wines!”

We also love another of his quotes: “As my Grandfather Char once said, ‘I don’t want to make the most expensive wine in the world, I want to make a wine that when you sit at the table and the glass is poured, you empty it and without hesitation you ask for another.’”

Jean Claude’s love for wine is evident in every conversation we have with him. (And you can see his creativity by his July 4th Facebook photo, above.) So we eagerly awaited the arrival of his three Le Bec Fin wines to sample: 2016 Vin Rosé, Vin Blanc and 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. They were all lovely. Continue reading

San Juan Vineyards Joins Corliss Family

Big news in Washington state’s wine industry: Michael and Lauri Corliss, the owners of Corliss Estate, Tranche Cellars and Secret Squirrel as well as three vineyards in Walla Walla, Red Mountain and Yakima, have purchased San Juan Vineyards in Friday Harbor. The sale is effective on Feb. 1.
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The Vinoscenti Experience

Vinoscenti Vineyards is a British Columbia winery, but it could also be a place to gather, express love, relax, and learn about wine — from  onsite instructors and from Quini, a new visual rating system (details below).

Formerly River’s Bend Winery, Vinoscenti is located on 13 acres of farmland with 22-year-old vines in south Surrey, near the Canada-US border. Vinoscenti crafts old-world style wines made from BC grapes, and also offers certified WSET wine education courses and non-certified classes for wine lovers. The courses are led by Vinoscenti CEO Dr. Clinton Lee, a wine industry expert and educator, and his team of instructors.
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