We have a long history with Ali and Jarrod Boyle, owners of Alexandria Nicole Cellars (ANC), so we didn’t stop smiling when we saw them again recently and tasted their wines. We first wrote about ANC when we launched this site in 2007, inspired by some fabulous wine at ANC’s new (at the time) Woodinville tasting room. Subsequently, we were among the initial members of their original wine club, and attended many of their harvest parties. We first visited Destiny Ridge Vineyard in 2009, and we glamped there in 2011, when most people hadn’t even heard the word “glamping” yet. And we drank ANC Quarry Butte as our go-to wine during the Seahawks’ road to their Super Bowl win in 2014. From day one, we’ve always said it’s the people, the wines and the events that make a winery special. And ANC continues to check off all those boxes.
Good wine over the holidays helps to make the season fabulous. Here is the list of special wines that we started to open and share over the Thanksgiving holiday and will continue to do so through New Year’s day — either pouring them for guests, taking to parties or enjoying at home.
Some of these wines are special because of their high quality and high price point. Others are simply special good-value wines enjoy in our home throughout the year.
They are listed in alphabetical order:
- Alexandria Nicole Cellars Destiny 2012
- Avennia Sestina 2012
- Barrage Cellars Double Barrel 2008
- Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
- Double Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
- Efeste Big Papa 2012
- Fidelitas Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
- Force Majeure Red Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
- Forgeron Cellars Zinfandel 2012
- Giant Wine Company The Ghost of 413 2010
- Gorman Winery The Albatross 2012
- Guardian Cellars The Wanted 2012
- Hope Family Wines Treana Red 2012
- Mercer Estates Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
- Mollydooker Carnival of Love 2012
- Obelisco Electrum 2012
- Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
- Reynvaan In the Rocks Syrah 2012
- Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
- Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
- William Church Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
- The Woodhouse Wine Estates Darighe 2012
Of note, all but three of these wines are from the wonderful Washington state wine country.
Cheers – and happy holidays!
Margot and Dave
Jarrod Boyle of Alexandria Nicole Cellars is continuing his winning streak with a number of recent accolades for several of his stellar wines.
Knowing Jarrod, he would also credit Jose Yanez, the excellent foreman at Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard, assistant winemaker Matt Dodson, and Jarrod’s amazing wife, co-owner and marketing manager, Ali Boyle.
And last, but definitely not least, Jarrod would point to Mother Nature.
The winery’s motto is “approachable elegance” — and judging by the recent awards, and dozens and dozens of previous ones, Jarrod and his team are definitely succeeding.
Here are the most recent awards:
- 2014 “Crawford” Viognier, Best of Class and Double Gold, Savor NW Awards
- 2014 Shepherds Mark, Gold, Savor NW Awards
- 2013 Jet Black Syrah, Best of Class and Gold, Seattle Wine and Food Experience
- 2013 Shepherds Mark, Gold, Seattle Wine and Food Experience
- Beverage Tasting Institute Ratings
- 2012 “Gravity” Merlot, 92 points and Cellar Selection
- 2012 “Little Big Man” Petit Verdot, 92 points and Cellar Selection
- 2011 “Alderdale” Cabernet Sauvignon, 92 points
- 2012 Quarry Butte, 91 points
- 2014 A squared Pinot Gris, Best Buy
Over the years, we have had the pleasure and honor of becoming friends with Jarrod and Ali, and we are so excited for their new venture, The Estate on Destiny Ridge — a breathtaking, luxurious and private venue for entertaining in the middle of wine country.
We also can’t wait for their glamping season to start up again this summer.
Congratulations to Jarrod, Ali and the ANC team on the latest accolades.
Stop by and see them at Taste Washington, or at their tasting rooms in Woodinville and Prosser.
Margot and Dave
Kicking off the event Friday evening at Tulalip Resort was the Celebration Dinner, an incredible six-course meal paired with excellent wines. While the entire dinner was beyond magnificent, our ultimate favorites were:
- Creamy Jerusalem Artichoke soup, pumpkin seed pesto, creme fruit and crispy leek straws (Chef Brent Clarkson), paired with d’s Wicked Hard Cider “Baked Apple,” Kennewick, WA
- Seared scallop with green papaya slaw, micro Asian mallow, golden edamame shoots, with ginger lime vinaigrette and aged balsamic (Chef John Ponticelli), paired with 2012 Alleromb Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley, WA
- Blackberry sockeye salmon lox popsicle and salmon souse vide over toasted hazelnut pesto (Chef David Buchanan), paired with 2012 Kosta Browne Russian River Pinot Noir, CA
- New York strip, dry aged 46 days, tarragon beurre blanc and New York strip, aged 28 days, wild cranberry demi, with cambazola-mascarpone “Twinkie” (Executive Chef Perry Mascitti), paired with 2011 Leonetti Cellars Reserve blend, Walla Walla, WA
Chef Perry also provided another special treat during the dinner. He not only wowed the house with his, and his team’s, creative and delicious dishes, but also brought down the house with his showmanship by joining the band for a rocking version of “All Night Long.”
There were several musicians entertaining during the dinner, but Daniel Parks of Las Vegas had people on their feet dancing. From old-school Beatles and Neil Diamond tunes to perfect covers of Happy and Blurred Lines, this young man was a star. We hope to see him again; we can’t say enough good things about Daniel Park’s talent.
Can you tell that we totally enjoyed the Celebration Dinner?
Saturday offered a wide variety of things to do at Taste of Tulalip. We decided to spend our time at the Magnum Party and Grand Tasting.
There were two Magnum parties held simultaneously — one for old-world wine and one for new world wine. At the old-world tasting, we sipped an incredible 1985 Bordeaux blend from Chateau Lynch-Bages Pauillac in France — a chateau we visited during our trip to that wine region in 2005. This wine is drinking marvelously right now! We also tasted a pour from a $300-bottle of a Bordeaux blend, which combined Merlot and Cabernet Franc from St Emillion, France.
Hard as it was to leave the old-world event, we thoroughly delighted in excellent new-world wines too: Opus One 2007 Bordeaux blend from California; a lovely 2008 Shiraz from Penfolds in Australia; and our home-grown beauty, 2011 Betz Pere de Famille.
I also won a very cool gift pack that featured the Taste of Tulalip wine blend from the event’s honorary 2014 winemaker, Sean Boyd from Woodinville Wine Cellars. Special coffee and a gorgeous Tulalip medallion were also included in the gift.
How did I win it? Simple – I knew the answer to the trivia question, “Who is the Executive Chef at Tulalip Resort?” Even if I hadn’t already known it, how could I miss after his star musical performance the night before?
Next came the Grand tasting; how could this event make a mark after the activities already outlined above? Easy – we had an opportunity to see our friends and sip wine from some of our favorite Washington wineries: Obelisco Estate, Barrage Cellars, Avennia, Doubleback, Efeste, Gorman Winery, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Figgins, Force Majeure and Woodinville Wine Cellars. Plus we had a taste of a magnificent red blend from Craggy Range, a winery we enjoyed when we were in New Zealand last May.
Special thanks to Allan Aquila for the invitation!
If you’ve never been to Taste of Tulalip, please bookmark this page, so you will remember to get your tickets for the 2015 event!
Margot and Dave