Auction of Washington Wines Next Month!

The most spectacular, glamorous and fun-filled summer wine weekend event, the Auction of Washington Wines, is just around the corner, Aug. 16-18 — a non-profit wine event focused on elevating awareness of Washington state wines, with proceeds benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Viticulture and Enology program at Washington State University.

This August marks the 31st year of the event, which has raised more than $41 million since 1988 and is ranked in the Top 5 U.S. Charity Auctions.

Purchase tickets for all weekend events here. We can’t wait!
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Le Bec Fin by Chateau Beck

Le Bec Fin by Chateau Beck is a new side project by Jean Claude Beck, the winemaker of The Woodhouse Wine Estates in Woodinville. We first met Jean Claude when he arrived at Woodhouse about ten years ago to lead their wine production, and we were immediately charmed and impressed.

He was born in the Alsace region of France, following several generations of winemakers; his family estate has been producing wine since 1579 in a small village south of Strasbourg. According to European gourmet magazine Feinschmecken, “everything this winemaker touches turns to gold in the bottle.” Jean Claude’s motto is “No boring wines!”

We also love another of his quotes: “As my Grandfather Char once said, ‘I don’t want to make the most expensive wine in the world, I want to make a wine that when you sit at the table and the glass is poured, you empty it and without hesitation you ask for another.’”

Jean Claude’s love for wine is evident in every conversation we have with him. (And you can see his creativity by his July 4th Facebook photo, above.) So we eagerly awaited the arrival of his three Le Bec Fin wines to sample: 2016 Vin Rosé, Vin Blanc and 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. They were all lovely. Continue reading

Ashton Troy Wines

If you’re trying to decide which red wine to choose at a restaurant, here are a couple of bottles to consider to pair with your meat dishes or with pasta and red sauce – Ashton Troy 2014 Bisou and Ashton Troy 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ashton Troy wines are designed exclusively for the restaurant market. They are the second label of Lauren Ashton Cellars, one of our favorite Washington state wineries in Woodinville. Ashton Troy wines cost less but demonstrate the same high quality and style as the LAC bottles.
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Another Success for Taste Washington

Congratulations to the Washington State Wine Commission and Visit Seattle for another successful Taste Washington March 22-25, 2018. Thousands of people participated in the annual celebration of the excellent wine made in this state — at the Grand Tasting, educational seminars, lunches on local farms, and other events.

Every year, we hope that people did more than taste the fine wine of Washington. We hope they appreciated it, and the hard work by people in our state’s wine industry – from farmers to vineyard managers to those in the production facilities, winemakers, distributors, tasting room staff and more. In particular, we applaud the workers in the vineyards who toil over the grapes and the terroir; the winemakers who balance creativity and science in every barrel and bottle; and their families who support this extreme effort. We definitely appreciated every taste that was poured for us at the Grand Tasting. Our top 25 favorites are listed below. ((Note, some were “under the table” pours!)
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