Auction of Washington Wines Online Auction and Virtual Gala

Auction of Washington WinesAs we posted back in May, the COVID-19 pandemic affected the 33rd annual Auction of Washington Wines. But AWW is not canceled.

Indeed, coming up Aug. 11-17, you can participate in an Online Silent Auction, a Virtual Live Auction Gala and an Online Almost Live Auction. How cool is that?

We are long-time supporters of this excellent non-profit organization. So read on for details. And raise your virtual paddle, and lift your glass to Washington wines!

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Lugana Lovers

Lugana Wine from Turbiana grapeWe admit it. We had never heard of the Lugana wine region in Italy or the Turbiana grape until last month. And now, we can’t get enough of it. Lugana Turbiana checks all our boxes for beautiful white wine – mineral-driven, elegant and complex, with citrus, salinity and good acidity.

Lugana Turbiana wines shine with personality and character in every single sip. They are age-worthy, unique, food friendly and wallet friendly. Thanks to an educational program called Wine Studio, we are now Lugana lovers. Read on to learn more about the region and the delicious white wine that we have come to love.

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DeLille Cellars 2019 Chaleur Blanc

DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc 2019Our favorite Washington white, DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc, is celebrating an historic milestone this year — its 25th vintage. Indeed, DeLille Cellars is releasing this classic white blend today at a special price of $25 through July 14. After that date, this acclaimed white wine will retail for $35. Adorned with a commemorative label, 2019 Chaleur Blanc is a beautiful blend of Sauvignon Blanc (69%) and Sémillon (31%) crafted in the tradition of Bordeaux white wine. We highly recommend it, and here’s why.

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Warm Weather Whites

With the warm days easing into summer heat, an array of white wines have caught our attention. Overall, these are super summer sippers to pair with your patio or deck, poolside or lakeside. They also complement fish, crab, scallops, oysters, shrimp, prawns, sushi or a tasty summer salad.

Until recently, our palates preferred Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio. However, this year we discovered beautiful wines ranging from the unusual white Cabernet Franc (Blanc Franc) to the 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, British Columbia, Italy, France, Iberia and New Zealand.

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