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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L’Ecole Syrah

LEcole Syrah by the LakeGetting ready to barbecue? Pick up a bottle of L’Ecole Syrah Columbia Valley 2018. Sure, most people think about refreshing white wine during this warm weather. And if you want to start your evening with a white, go for it. But once you fire up the grill, open this beautiful L’Ecole Syrah. It’s an easy-drinking crowd pleaser and only costs $25. Consequently, with ribs or a bacon blue-cheese burger, this Syrah is amazing. So what are you waiting for? Run, don’t walk, to grab a bottle for a BBQ before summer is over! Read on for more details.

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Warm Weather Whites

Certainly, our enjoyment of warm weather whites increases every year. Until recently, our palates preferred Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio. But these days, we also appreciate the beautiful Sancerres and Picpoul from France, in addition to the refreshing, wallet-friendly Turbiana grape from Lugana, Italy. Most importantly, there are so many wonderful wines to explore this summer. For example, here are some that we have tasted from Washington state, Oregon, California, Italy, France, Armenia and New Zealand.

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Devison Vintners

Winemaker Peter DevisonPeter Devison is living his dream. After years as a winemaker for several well-known wineries, he now crafts wine under his own eponymous label in Walla Walla. The entire lineup at Devison Vintners rocks. From a gorgeous Sauvignon Blanc to Rhône-style reds to a Rocks District beauty, Peter makes impressive wines that display artistry, in addition to science. During our recent trip to Walla Walla, we visited Peter and his lovely wife Kelsey in their newly opened tasting room. Read on for more details.

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