Summer Sippers and BBQ Reds

Oh summer! The time of crisp white wine or refreshing rosé during sultry warm afternoons or evenings on the deck or patio, or at the lake, ocean or pool. The time of rich reds at barbecues with family and friends. And the wines that pair well with a celebratory toast to Independence Day.

Here are some of our favorite whites and rosés to sip with a summer salad, or seafood such as prawns, scallops, sushi, crab or halibut. Or you can simply drink pink without food, watching the sunset reflected in its pretty color. In addition, here are some beautiful reds to pour at your BBQ.

There are so many wonderful wines to explore this summer. But we had to keep our lists short. As a result, these represent only wines that we have tasted in recent months, either at tasting rooms, events or in samples sent to us by wineries. Specifically, these wines are from Washington state, Oregon, California and New Zealand.

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Another Successful, Fun and Educational Taste Washington

Congratulations to the Washington State Wine Commission and Visit Seattle for another successful Taste Washington on March 28-31, 2019.

Voted one of USA Today’s 10 Best Wine Festivals, Taste Washington featured four full days of wine and food events with Seattle’s hottest chefs and acclaimed Washington winemakers.

Of note, thousands of people participated in the annual celebration of the excellent wine made in this state. We attended the Grand Tasting, and had a most excellent time.
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Run, Don’t Walk, For Tickets To Taste Washington

What are you waiting for? Taste Washington is around the corner, and you do not want to miss this explosion of tastes, fun and education on March 28-31 in Seattle.

For more than a decade, we have called this event —  the country’s largest single-region wine and food extravaganza — “the Super Bowl of Wine Events.” But no, that title is not the official or unofficial name. We just think it fits perfectly.

This year, Taste Washington features more than 235 wineries, 65 restaurants and some of the nation’s top chefs. For example, one of the favorite activities, The New Vintage, welcomes Seattle star chefs Edouardo Jordan (JuneBaby), Ethan Stowell (Ethan Stowell Restaurants) and Rachel Yang (Joule) coupled with chef friends from around the country including Chris Cosentino (Cocksomb, San Francisco, CA), Vivian Howard (Chef and the Farmer, Kinston, NC), and Gregory Gourdet (Departure Restaurant + Lounge, Portland, OR).

At the Grand Tasting, take in the magic of Washington wines – those you know and love, and other gems you will discover. As well said by event partners Visit Seattle and Washington State Wine: “Explore, indulge, imbibe, and you can confess your sins later.”
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Wonderful Woodward Canyon

Rick and Darcey Small founded Woodward Canyon Winery in 1981, the second winery in the Walla Walla Valley. (Leonetti Cellar opened just four years earlier.) Rick’s family farmed for multiple generations on land that is now the estate vineyard.

In 2003, winemaker Kevin Mott joined the team. And today, Woodward Canyon is one of the most-acclaimed wineries in Walla Walla.

Woodward Canyon is known for its gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignons, in addition to Bordeaux-style blends, Merlot and Chardonnay. Of note, the winemaking focus is on quality over quantity.

We visit the Woodward Canyon tasting room every time we’re in Walla Walla. Recently, we stopped in when we attended the Wine Bloggers Conference.

These are our favorite “special occasion” wines during that trip: Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon, Charbonneau Red and Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon.
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