Unexpected Trip

Vines seen at Hard Row to Hoe during unexpected tripLast week, we took an unexpected trip with good friends to taste wines in central WA. First, we visited the tasting rooms of Boudreaux Cellars, Obelisco and Hard Row to Hoe in Leavenworth. Next, we decided to continue the adventure in Chelan Valley, where we tasted more of Hard Row’s lineup at their vineyard. We also stopped at Succession Winery, another favorite. Over three days, we experienced outstanding wine including sparklers, refreshing whites, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Read on for details. Continue reading

Rosé Day

National Rose Day BottlesToday, June 12, is National Rosé Day. Celebrate! But also keep in mind that there’s always an occasion to “rosé all day!” Certainly, we love to drink pink on our lakeside deck, and watch its pretty color match the gorgeous Washington sunsets. However, while rosé is perfect for summer sipping, it also has a place during other celebrations throughout the year. Above all, rosés are food-friendly and wallet-friendly wines. For instance, pair rosé with seafood, shellfish, smoked salmon, salads, pasta and Asian dishes. Or simply drink rosé without food. Here are ten beautiful rosés that we poured recently (by location, in alphabetical order) — five from Washington state, one from Oregon, three from France and one from Chile.
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Avignonesi Wines

Avignonesi WinesAvignonesi is the largest vineyard in Italy that produces vegan, organic, and certified-biodynamic wines. Located in Montepulciano, Avignonesi’s portfolio features almost two dozen wines, in addition to Grappa, olive oil and honey. We recently tasted seven mini-samples including Chardonnay, Rosato, Sangiovese, Merlot and two excellent red blends. Our favorite? Avignonesi Grifi 2017. All but one of these wines are distributed in 37 states in the U.S. Read on for more details.

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WA Wine Fun Facts

Glasses of red and white wineEvery year, we love to share WA Wine fun facts about the wonderful wine industry in Washington state. Therefore, we hope you enjoy this updated 2020 version, courtesy of Washington Wine. First, Cabernet is still King in this state (29% of crop), followed by Chardonnay (16%). Riesling, Merlot and Syrah round out the top five, which altogether equate to more than 80% of the crop. Second, Cab Franc received the highest average price per ton. Overall, for four years now, red varieties account for nearly 60% of the total WA crop.
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