Above all, we have been cheerleaders for WA wine since we moved here in 1999. Therefore, we celebrate WA wine every month, but even more so in August, which is Washington Wine Month, aka WAugust! With eight wine-touring regions, 19 AVAs, 1,000+ wineries, and 400+ vineyards, there is something for everyone here. To kick off the month-long festivities, Washington Wine held a Grand Tasting of 116 wineries at the picturesque Chateau Ste. Michelle. Read on for our notes about the wines we tasted and the people we talked to at this great media and trade event. In addition, find out about special wine discounts and promotions throughout WAugust.
Our enjoyment of summer white wines increases every year. Until recently, our palates preferred Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio. But these days, we also appreciate the refreshing, wallet-friendly Turbiana grape from Lugana, Italy and Marsanne from here in Washington state. Most importantly, there are so many wonderful summer white wines. For example, here are 25 that we have enjoyed from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Italy, France, South Africa and New Zealand. Most of them are everyday, good-value porch pounders or deck wines, but a few shine with an elegant meal.
We discovered Monte De Oro on our recent road trip to Temecula wine country. The winery offers 180-degree panoramic views, in addition to an expansive tasting room with a large glass floor overlooking the barrel cellar. We shared small pours of nine standout wines. Consequently, we found it difficult to choose which bottles to bring home. Read on for more details about this impressive12-year-old winery.
Trying to find wines or gift sets for the wine enthusiast in your life? Consider L’Ecole wine gifts – there are options for everybody, including select gifts with shipping included. But you’d better hurry because if you live in the northwest and want it to arrive by Dec. 25, the cutoff date is Dec. 20 to place your order. Similarly, if you live outside the northwest, Dec. 20 is the cutoff point for second-day air. In addition, you can give a gift to become a L’Ecole wine club member.