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

L’Ecole Luminesce

L'Ecole LuminesceL’Ecole Luminesce, Estate Seven Hills Vineyard, is a beautiful, award-winning, Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend that is always popular at the third-oldest winery in Walla Walla. And it’s a perfect wine to take on a picnic, lakeside or wherever you head this summer. So fill your picnic basket with charcuterie, aged white cheddar, deviled eggs and a baguette, grab a bottle of L’Ecole Luminesce 2020, and let’s go! But wait – first, here’s more information about this lovely Bordeaux-style white blend.

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Warm Weather Whites

Certainly, our enjoyment of warm weather whites increases every year. Until recently, our palates preferred Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio. But these days, we also appreciate the beautiful Sancerres and Picpoul from France, in addition to the refreshing, wallet-friendly Turbiana grape from Lugana, Italy. Most importantly, there are so many wonderful wines to explore this summer. For example, here are some that we have tasted from Washington state, Oregon, California, Italy, France, Armenia and New Zealand.

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Upchurch Vineyard

Upchurch Barn Tasting RoomWe admit it. While we have cellared bottles of Upchurch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon since its first vintage 10 years ago, we did not know about the other impressive wines in this portfolio. Therefore, we were in for a surprise when we visited the Barn tasting room on its opening day, April 1, on Red Mountain, and tried all wines in Chris Upchurch’s incredible lineup. Our friendly and talented host, winemaker Hannah Coulson, treated us to half a dozen wines priced between $20-$75. They all wowed us. For example, the Rosé is gorgeous. In addition, Upchurch produces one of the best Sauvignon Blancs we have ever tasted. And finally, the reds are magnificent. Read on for more details.

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