Merlot Month

Merlot Month: L'Ecole Columbia and Walla Walla Valleys Merlot 2018October is the 9th annual global Merlot Month, and what better way to celebrate than with the grape that put L’Ecole on the map in 1983. Therefore, we opened two 2018 wines crafted by L’Ecole: white-label Walla Walla Valley Estate Merlot and black-label Columbia Valley Merlot. However, these two are very different, and not just their price point. First, they come from different vineyards. Next, they feature unique blends. Above all, they are both delicious. Read on for details.

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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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Fidelitas Wines

Red Mountain Tasting RoomIf you have never tasted Fidelitas Wines crafted by Charlie Hoppes, you don’t know what you’re missing. We first met Charlie more than 15 years ago at wine events such as Taste Washington and Auction of Washington Wines. Subsequently, we visited his Red Mountain tasting room for the first time in 2009. We returned many times over the years, and also frequented his Woodinville location when we lived in Seattle. So we were delighted to travel to Red Mountain in April, chat with Charlie and taste his excellent wines.
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Taste Washington Wine Month

Taste Washington Wine MonthTaste Washington 2021 isn’t an in-person event because of the pandemic. But there is plenty to celebrate this month, and so much Washington wine to love. We recently enjoyed six bottles, samples provided for Taste Washington Wine Month. See below for details about these wines, in addition to information about Taste Washington to Go and Taste Washington at Home. These special events underline the creativity of Washington State Wine and Visit Seattle. They pull out all the stops to make this event an epic experience.

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