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Washington has some outstanding AVAs

Washington has some outstanding AVAs

The state of Washington in the United States has several American Viticultural Areas and we shall briefly dwell on them here. You will learn about the wine producing regions of the state and their unique features.  Each region has interesting soil types and microclimates that allow the winemakers there to produce premium wines that possess amazing character and solid characteristics of their terroir. In addition to holding some amazing AVAs, the state of Washington is home to some of the best wineries and vineyards in the country.  While California still holds the torch where sheer volume is concerned, Washington is […]

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Jul 18, 2017

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Take a walk through Switchback Ridge

Take a walk through Switchback Ridge

If you haven’t heard of Switchback Ridge, you certainly need to.  Whether you’re a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, or Merlot, you’ll find a vintage that is just right for you at this lovely winery.  The history of the winery dates back 100 years and is full of family, hard work, and dedication.  That dedication is the reason the location has survived ten decades of industry changes, prohibition, and of course, trend changes. From start to finish, Switchback Ridge has held its ground Switchback Ridge already had established vines on the land when it was purchased nearly one hundred […]

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Jul 5, 2017

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Washington Wines are gaining popularity

Washington Wines are gaining popularity

Washington wines are made from grapes grown in the United States and sourced from a variety of vineyards.  The state currently ranks second in United States wine production, following behind California which is known as the entryway for the majority of vintners throughout history. The state has over 43,000 acres of vineyards based on figures in 2011 with the presence of over 80 wineries in the state and these numbers keep growing. Columbia AVA is the largest of 14 individual viticultural areas within the state and this AVA reaches just over the border into the state of Oregon, where more […]

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Jul 3, 2017

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Red or White: Which type of wine do you prefer?

Red or White: Which type of wine do you prefer?

For those who love wine, there is always one varietal or another that truly lives close to their heart.  We’ve discussed this subject before, as it comes up quite often during our visits to different vineyards and we’re always curious as to what really makes a wine sing for each person we meet.  For us, the bold and robust wines seem to be the most memorable, as they demand to be noticed and remembered.  For others, it is the quiet and lilting nuances of more mellow wines that catch their attention.  Which wine do you prefer? Reds just may put […]

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Jun 11, 2017

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Make it a Merlot

Make it a Merlot

For those who truly love wine, there are often specific wines they have come to cherish over time. These wines have accompanied the most treasured events in their lives and hold special places in their hearts as a result. The variety of wines in these lists range as broad as the seas, as each person has their own taste when it comes to premium wines. While some may love a lovely Chianti, others desire something with a much headier style like Cabernet Sauvignon with its strength and character. Where one meal may call for a beautiful Rose, another may need […]

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May 29, 2017

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McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards and Winery

McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards and Winery

If you imagine a smaller vineyard and winery to be the place where you will find down-to-earth people who simply love people and wine, then McKenzie-Mueller is exactly where you want to visit. These folks have a very down-home view of the world and they put their heads and hearts together over the very grapes that they now grow and harvest to produce 2,500 cases of wine per year. From the beginning, Bob Mueller has been a man who loved to farm, making his transition to winemaking as easy as slipping on a pair of boots. His wife, Karen, already […]

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May 27, 2017

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Madonna Estate: Generations of great wine

Madonna Estate: Generations of great wine

At Madonna Estate in the Carneros AVA they believe in family ventures, as that is exactly what they are. This lovely, generational vineyard holds a feeling of family, warmth, and love that seems to be placed within every bottle of their absolutely delicious premium wines. From their Pinot Noir to their new addition, Dolcetto, every wine features the aspects of the environment, the varietal, and the soil, rather than being “fiddled with” by their winemaker, whose philosophy is that the wines should be left as untouched as possible. This has led to Madonna Estate gaining quite a following, with a […]

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May 26, 2017

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Highlands Wines: Experience makes great wine

Highlands Wines: Experience makes great wine

The partnership behind Highlands Wines is one that holds quite a lot of experience and knowledge. In fact, it holds not only 75 combined years of experience, but also one of the most influential Silicon Valley names within its collection. Paul Sagas and Dave Colran offer up over 75 years of experience and knowledge of the winemaking industry that reach across several vineyards and wineries in California wine country. These connections even include the esteemed Chateau Montelena, whom we’ve featured in the past here on the blog. In addition to these two powerhouses of the winemaking industry, we have TH […]

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May 25, 2017

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Kenefick Ranch: Premium wines with character

Kenefick Ranch: Premium wines with character

At Kenefick Ranch they understand the need to match their vines with the appropriate soils for the best possible resulting harvest. That is why they have selected their vineyard blocks so carefully, finding those whose diurnal temperature change allows for their grapes to reap the most benefit, gaining the perfect warmth during the day and the most cooling at night. This helps to create strong vines and grapes that feature all of the best traits of the soil, giving their wines a unique flavor that, through proper production, has resulted in some amazing premium wines. Certifications show that Kenefick cares […]

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May 23, 2017

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Not really such a decoy

Not really such a decoy

Decoy wines are gaining quite a lot of popularity, but we have to wonder, how exactly are they a decoy? These premium wines have amazing taste and aroma, so perhaps it’s the lovely, yet simple design of the bottle itself that is the decoy in reference. Decoy wines has a history of learning and innovation Coming from Duckhorn Wine Company, the first red wine of Decoy was released over two decades ago, leading to a long run of excellence and a few learning curves as well. Like any good winemaker will say, the experience of creating great wine is one […]

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May 18, 2017

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