Two New Releases from Lauren Ashton Cellars

Lauren Ashton Cellars October 2019 releasesWe’ve said this before, and we’re sure we will say it again. Talented winemaker Kit Singh at Lauren Ashton Cellars consistently crafts high-quality Washington state wine. We have enjoyed Kit’s impressive lineup from the day he and his wife Riinu opened their Woodinville winery ten years ago. This tradition continues in two October releases, which we were fortunate enough to sample last week, courtesy of the winery: 2017 Chenin Blanc and 2014 Proprietor’s Cuvée. They both are excellent. Here are the details.
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Amazing Wine from Hard Row to Hoe

Hard Row to HoeHard Row to Hoe has been one of our favorite Washington wineries for years. If you ever get a chance to visit their tasting room in Lake Chelan Valley, take it! We first visited in 2016, and were delighted to go back this past summer.

First of all, the name of the winery itself has two meanings — one obviously related to vineyard management; the other is racy! For the full story, see our 2016 post. Above all, Hard Row to Hoe makes really good wine.

During our recent visit, co-owner and winemaker Judy Phelps poured many of her winning wines, whose names reflect those racy stories.
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Successful Succession

On a recent trip to Lake Chelan, we met Brock Lindsay, winemaker and co-owner with his wife Erica of Succession Wines. We enjoyed talking to Brock, loved his wines and quickly decided that Succession Wines is one to watch.

And then we discovered that the smart guys at Wine Press Northwest said the same thing … one year ago! In 2018, they also called Brock a rising star. So we are a bit late to the party but big fans now!

We were also delighted to see Brock again, meet Erica, and taste Succession Wines at the Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival on August 10, and at the Auction of Washington Wines picnic in Woodinville on Aug. 15. Please check our Instagram @writeforwine for photos from both events (and we’d love it if you would follow us too). Continue reading

Auction of Washington Wine Hits New Charity Milestone

The Auction of Washington Wines hit a new milestone during its annual weekend extravaganza of charitable wine events Aug. 15-17. This year, auction events raised more than $4.5 million, exceeding last year’s record $4.1 million. Proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology Program.

“The Washington wine industry and its community are the perfect pair for this annual event, which had a new, palpable energy this year that attracted a vibrant audience, including veteran attendees and newcomers alike,” said AWW Executive Director, Jamie Peha.

On Aug. 15, we attended the Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle. All the Washington wines we tasted at the picnic were terrific, but there was a handful of standouts that really pleased our palates.

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