Sagebreaker

Sagebreaker Red BlendsSagebreaker is a new wine venture from the impressive Trothe dream team at Andrews Family Vineyards in Washington state’s Horse Heaven Hills. When we visited the vineyards last summer, Proprietor Jeff Andrews previewed the new brand: “Inspired by our origin story, these wines are crafted from ground that our great-grandfather, George Smith, broke from sagebrush over 80 years ago.” Jeff kindly shared Sagebreaker’s delicious Bordeaux and Rhône blends with us this month. They will be available in the spring to the Sagebreaker allocation list.

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Andrews Family Vineyards

Todd Chapman, Jeff Andrews, and Ray McKee at Andrews Family VIneyardsTwo weeks ago, we visited with the dream team at the beautiful Trothe facilities at Andrews Family Vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills in Washington state. While we tasted their recent vintages, I told Jeff Andrews – innovative managing partner of the winery and Andrews Family Vineyards – that I’ve run out of superlatives to describe their wines. Previous words I’ve used after tasting three vintages: world-class luxury wines, magic, opulent, stunning, magnificent, exceptional, elegant, impressive, classy, remarkable, incredible and amazing. So Jeff helped me out. He called them “sophisticated wines with finesse.” We agree. Read on to learn about our visit with Jeff, acclaimed winemaker Ray McKee, and extraordinary vineyards manager Todd Chapman. Continue reading

Trothe Syrah

Trothe Syrah 2020Trothe quickly built a reputation as a producer of world-class luxury wines. And the dream team at Trothe has done it again! The just-released Trothe Syrah 2020 is ready to join other exquisite Trothe wines on the world stage. It is impressive – classy, structured, complex and elegant, more like an old-world Syrah. This reflects how Trothe proprietor and fourth-generation farmer Jeff Andrews and talented winemaker Ray McKee worked closely on their Horse Heaven Hills vineyards with renowned French winemakers Philippe Cambie (a Rhône legend) and Michel Gassier.

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World-Class Wine

World-class Winemaking by Ray McKeeTrothe winemaker Ray McKee exudes a quiet confidence. Confidence that comes from experience, and in the terroir of Andrews Family Vineyards. Confidence in the dedication, passion and investment of a team with the same goal: making world-class wine that puts Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills AVA on the map as one of the world’s best wine-growing regions. Last week, we talked Trothe with Ray and vineyards manager Todd Chapman. They say they are living the dream. Continue reading