Next Wine Tasting
Friday, December 8th

From 4:00 to 7:00

Check back the week of the tasting for notes
on the wines and links to the winery.

December's Christmas season wine tasting features:
  • Piper Sonoma Brut Rosé, Sonoma
  • Harken Chardonnay, California
  • J Lohr Wildflower, Monterey
  • Tenet The Pundit Syrah, Columbia Valley
  • Earthquake Zinfandel, Lodi
  • Whidbey’s Port, Columbia Valley

This year’s Christmas season tasting offers an enticing range of red varietals and styles. We will also sample a full bodied Chardonnay. Something different for New Years? How about a sparkling rosé with delicate berry flavors? And of course what dinner party would be complete without a Port.

The 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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Descriptions and Winery links for October's tasting:

Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay, California
Never seeing the inside of an oak barrel, Mer Soleil SILVER is a pure, clean expression of Chardonnay. It is fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and small concrete tanks imported from Burgundy, France. Fresh from start to finish, this wine features aromas of flower blossoms and crisp pears. It is round and layered on the palate, with vibrant acidity and depth. Wine Spectator rated it 90 points.
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Saint M Riesling, Pflaz, Germany
The 2015 Saint M Riesling is pure and very fruity, with a fresh, lively aroma tinted with citrus peel. The vintage’s brisk acidity is beautifully balanced by a juicy touch of sweetness that brings out the fruit even more on the palate, leading to a crisp, graceful finish. This is a delicious, off-dry Riesling that is perfect to drink on its own, but also pairs well with lighter dishes.
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Erath Resplendent, Oregon
Ripe, round and approachable. This food friendly Pinot Noir is introduced by aromas of boysenberry pie and black currant, interwoven with anise and blooming violets. The succulent jammy palate is resplendent with dark cherry, mixed berries and sarsaparilla that are underlain with spicy wood notes and a mouth filling fullness.
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Bogle Phantom, California
Phantom, the mysterious apparition of ripe berry and relentless spice, returns to haunt wine lovers. Full of concentration and intensity, this wine will tease, tantalize and linger long after the last sip is gone. Wild berries and black pepper are framed by the influence of oak aging with baking spices and a hint of toasty vanilla. Petite Sirah and Zinfandel splashed with Cab and Merlot.
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Ruffino Modus, Tuscany, Italy
This delightful Tuscan blend is just coming into it’s own with excellent reviews. James Suckling rates 93 points with, “Firm and silky red with blueberry, walnut and black tea undertones. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Sangiovese, Cabernet Ssauvignon and Merlot blend.” And Wine Spectator rates 90 points with, “This is dense and slightly rustic, with cherry, leather and eucalyptus flavors. Firm, concentrated and chewy on the lingering finish.”
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Fonseca Late Bottled Vintage Port, Portugal
The wines used to produce Fonseca LBV were drawn from a reserve of some of the best full bodied red ports produced at the 2009 harvest. Dense, dark chocolate and black fruit aromas with a touch of licorice. Big, structured and textural palate. Bitter chocolate and blackberry fruit flavors. Heaps of volume and layers and layers of flavor. Wonderful mouthfeel and long finish. Wine Spectator rates it 90 points with, “Fruity, with fresh-crushed raspberry and plum flavors, accented by chocolate mousse notes. The powerful finish is rich, creamy and offers good grip.”
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Descriptions and Winery links for September's tasting:

We start off with the delicious Lujon Pinot Gris, grown in the Willamette Valley. Rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast, this great buy presents as complex with racy, textural and mineral driven flavors.  Fleshy apple and pear fruit are crisply defined and extended. The acids are front and center with incredible freshness to balance the finish.
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Next, we have the Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay crafted by the Wagner family, known for their Caymus Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. “This bottling of Mer Soleil is from our Santa Barbara vineyard, just inland from the Pacific Ocean and a couple hours south of cooler Monterey County. The long, mild growing season along the central coast allows the grapes to reach a distinct level of maturity while maintaining natural acidity. The 2014 vintage has a rich, silky texture and brightness that reflects California’s sun-soaked days and fresh ocean breezes.” - Charlie Wagner, Winemaker.
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Alexander Valley Vineyards Temptation Zinfandel is a delightful blending of vineyards in the Alexander Valley, Suisun Valley and Dry Creek Valley. This purple hued wine is lighter in color than prior years with aromas of plum, strawberry, fruit leather, black cherry and apricot. There are ripe flavors of red cherry, blackberry, wild strawberry and cocoa powder. This mouth filling, medium bodied wine is a crowd pleaser with a structured, juicy fruit finish.
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Lemberger or Blaufränkisch is one of those grape varietals that flies under the radar, but actually has significant plantings in Southern Washington. Dr. Wolfe’s Family Red is a soft, fruity, full bodied Washington red blend that uses the dark fruit and spicy components of Lemberger in conjunction with Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, all grown in the Horse Heaven Hills appellation.
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From Peirano Estate in Lodi, we have their Illusion Red. This Zinfandel based blend rounds out with Merlot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits a rich deep burgundy hue. The aromas are a compendium of delicate chocolate and cocoa, with black currants and plums. The palate explodes with rich mouth filling blackberries, black currants, plums and dark fruit. The long, seductive finish is filled with hints of black licorice and has firm, round, yet supple mouth filling tannins.
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The Tannat grape originates from France and is usually blended into wines to add depth of character. Upon crossing the ocean, people found it grows extremely well in Uruguay and Southern Brazil. The Macaw Tannat, from Brazil, is a smooth and intense wine with flavors of dark berries complemented by delicate spice and tannins. This younger expression of Tannat is approachable while retaining the intense components of the dark grape skins.
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