Next Wine Tasting
Friday, February 9th

From 4:00 to 7:00

January's wine tasting features:
  • The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand
  • Merf Chardonnay, Washington
  • Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir, Oregon
  • Tempranillo Road, Spain
  • Merf Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington
  • Primo Amore Moscato, Italy

The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough and Martinborough, New Zealand
Grapes sourced from Marlborough, on the south island, give round and full juicy nectarine and grapefruit flavors, and grapes from Martinborough, on the north island, add richness with citrus and lime flavors. Presents with fresh aromas of white peach, delicate green herbs, black currant bush and wet river stones. A lovely rich fruit core of citrus and apple is balanced with fine acidity for a soft yet pleasantly dry finish.
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Merf Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington
Northstar’s winemaker, David “Merf” Merfeld, introduces his own distinct line of Washington Wines. Primarily from vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills, this Chardonnay is smooth, rich and balanced. With flavors of fresh tropical fruits, honey, ripe citrus and vanilla, balanced with smooth oak notes leading to a crisp, complex finish. Partially aged in American and French oak for 9 months.
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Roco Gravel Road Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Aromas of ripe Black Splendor plum fruit, mocha and a subtle earthy white peppercorn spice. Dark fruit and mission fig with vanilla essence on the palate. Ripe, fruit driven texture from beginning to end, framed by robust yet sanded tannins. A blending of Willamette Valley’s Vitae Springs, Wits’ End, Knudsen, Marsh Estate, Shea and Wapato Vineyards. Barrel fermented in small lots and aged for over 18 months.
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Tempranillo Road, Navarra, Spain
From the Navarra region in Spain, which borders the north side of Rioja, this approachable Tempranillo leads with powerful aromas of vibrant plum and black fruits. Concentrated, rich palate of blackberry and raspberry flavors with depth and soft tannins. This versatile red pairs with a variety of foods.

Merf Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington
Again, from David “Merf” Merfeld, this Cabernet is 80% barrel-aged for approximately 20 months in a combination of French and American oak. The remaining 20% was aged in stainless steel to preserve the true character and complexity of this wine. The result is balanced, soft and approachable, with flavors of blackberry, vanilla and subtle spice notes. Silky tannins are balanced on the lasting finish.
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Primo Amore Moscato, delle Venezie, Italy
This cheerful Moscato is grown in the region surrounding Venice, Italy. Naturally fruity and very inviting, it presents intense scents of peaches and fruit. Refreshing and delicately sweet on the palate, with hints of stone fruit on the finish. Pairs easily with a wide range of foods, like cheese cake for dessert or spicy foods for the main course.
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Descriptions and Winery links for January's tasting:

Drumheller Cabernet Sauvignon
Sourced primarily from vineyards on the Wahluke Slope. This area tends to produce smaller clusters and berries, resulting in intense varietal flavors and deep color. The bright floral nose of this Cabernet Sauvignon opens to flavors of cola, ripe cherries, fresh blackberry, and cinnamon with a delicate texture. The finish is intense, yet silky.
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Napa Cellars Merlot
The Merlot brings aromas of dark plum, mulberry, graphite, with toasted notes and hint of lavender. Flavors of bright red berries, toast, cafe con leche and chervil linger on the palate. This wine showcases fine grain tannins in palate with a drying finish. For a decadent meal, pair with roasted duck or honey-barbequed chicken with a side of ricotta risotto.
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Napa Cellars Zinfandel
This Zinfandel boasts bright aromas of fresh berry compote, black cherry, plum, sweet vanilla smoke, hints of clove and star anise. The aromas lead to lush flavors of raspberry, blackberry, tart cherry, and bits of baking spice finished with complex flavors of rum-soaked fruit. This wine is weighty with juicy tannins and bright acidity helping make the red fruit notes pop.
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Borsao Viña Borgia Garnacha
From an area South East of Rioja, this 100% Garnacha is grown on 15 year old vines. A clean ample bouquet leads to fresh and bright balanced red fruit, entangled by a fine structure and accented by lightly subtle notes of spice and mineral.
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Mondo Asti
This is Italian sparkling wine at its fruitiest. Grown in the Asti appellation of Piedmont, this Moscato achieves an elegant texture by capturing the natural carbon dioxide given off during fermentation. Distinctive and intense aromas of honey and ripe peach greet your nose. The mouthfeel is lively, revealing intensely sweet and fruity notes of orange blossom and candied pears.


Descriptions and Winery links for December's tasting:

Piper Sonoma Sparkling Rosé is grown and produced in Sonoma, California, but it is made in the same method as Champagnes, where it undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle. Crafted from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, this rosé is fresh and fragrant with a soft texture. Notes of berries play against balanced juiciness moving into a delicate finish.
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Harken Chardonnay exhibits a classic profile of tropical fruit and pear alongside warm oak aromatics. The luscious palate suggests crème brulée and buttered toast, and finishes with fresh acidity. This California Chardonnay is barrel fermented with full malolactic fermentation, then aged in a combination of French and American oak for 7 months.
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J. Lohr’s Wildflower is a Beaujolais style red grown in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey, California. Composed entirely of the Valdiguié grape, this red experiences a partial whole cluster fermentation, leaving it deeply pigmented, red-purple in color with profuse black cherry and lilac aromas. The generous palate is coated with pomegranate and blueberry fruit, finishing sweet and juicy.
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The Pundit Syrah, by Tenet Wines, demonstrates why the Columbia Valley is one of the best growing regions in the world for Syrah. Forged by Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Bob Bertheau, acclaimed Rhône winemaker Michel Gassier, and Rhône enology consultant Philippe Cambie, this Syrah runs deep purple with ruby highlights. Berry jam aromas are complemented by a brambly, cinnamon and a subtle meaty character. A very smooth mouthfeel glides into a long silky finish with flavors of juicy blueberry, hints of tobacco and subtle gamey undertones.
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Earthquake Zinfandel comes from an old Lodi vineyard planted around the same time as San Francisco’s great Earthquake of 1906. Over the top and shattering, this Zin is chock-full of huckleberry, fresh sage, and pepper. It will tantalize your taste buds with attractive berry fruit up front, and finishes with a hint of licorice and spice.
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We finish with a new vintage of Whidbey’s Port. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot from Washington’s Columbia come together after 19 months in French and American oak. The tantalizing Port displays characteristics of blackberry and black cherry fruit, accented by inviting aromas of cocoa. It pairs well with blue-veined cheeses before dinner, or chocolate and desserts after dinner.

We hope you can join us to experience these possibilities for your holiday celebrations or everyday enjoyment. Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!

Descriptions and Winery links for November's tasting:

Col de Salici Vino Spumante Rosé, Veneto, Italy
This sparkling wine is delicate pink in color, featuring bright highlights. It is crisp, lively and fresh, full of ripe cherry and berry flavors. The body is exceptionally light and satiny, with a pleasing long, dry finish.
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay, Washington
Sourced from vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills including the vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate, the Mimi Chardonnay is made in a lightly oaked, elegant style that is great with food. The wine offers apple and pear fruit character with bright natural acidity. This Chardonnay is refreshing yet complex.
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Prunotto Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy
This lively ruby red wine is a classic Piedmontese that can be enjoyed with a wide variety of dishes. Made in a juicy, no oak style, while boasting clean cherry flavors and hints of boysenberry with faint mineral, floral and tobacco lingering pleasantly on the finish.
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Canon 13 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Opening with expressive aromas of ripe fruit and delicate tea leaves, the body shows bright red stone fruits, flowers and sweet spice that are woven together, underpinned by bright acidity, wrapped in a beautifully long finish.
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Spring Valley Uriah, Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Wine Spectator rates it 93 points with, “Sleek, expressive and well-built, with floral red currant and tomato leaf aromas, and harmonious cherry and pepper flavors that move toward refined tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2023.” The winemaker, Serge Laville, describes it as, “A blend focused on elegance and finesse. Herbal nose with hints of cassis and cherries. Lightly spiced, the texture is rich with velvety tannins and an ultra-long finish.”
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Prunotto Moscato d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Intensely straw yellow in color, this Moscato d’Asti reveals notes of hawthorn and acacia honey. Soft and creamy on the palate, offering hints of ripe pear and citrus, the wine is full and elegant with a fresh and well-balanced finish.
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