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Visit Caprio Cellars

On a recent visit to Walla Walla, I spent a most glorious afternoon at Caprio Cellars in the pastoral Southside district of Walla Walla Valley. I have no idea why this incredible tasting experience has been flying under the radar and I hadn’t heard of it until recently. Caprio Cellars should be high up on any Washington wine and food lover’s list of places to visit. Read on to learn why.

Welcome to Caprio Cellars

As we pull up to the gated property, the hubby announces our arrival via intercom as I wonder what could possibly be in store for us. Perhaps this special entry is part of why this estate is such a secret. Then, something fantastic happens. Continue reading “Visit Caprio Cellars”

Taste Cava in the Kitchen with Ray Isle

To know me is to know I love bubbles. So how could I refuse an offer to participate in and promote the virtual event, Cava in the Kitchen with Ray Isle? Read on to learn more.

About Cava

First of all, a bit about Cava. This is Spain’s answer to Champagne. In other words, it’s a sparkling wine crafted in the traditional method like Champagne, but made in the Cava DO region of Spain. Although the method for these sparkling wines is similar, the grapes used are not. Cava relies primarily on the Spanish varieties Macabeo, Parellada, and Xarello. Nevertheless, these are wines made with care, yet available at a fraction of the price.

In fact, should you choose to fully participate in this tasting, the bundle of five wines is available from Gary’s Marketplace for a mere $86.95. Purchased individually, the wines range from $12.99 to $22.99 a bottle. If you’re into sparkling wine at all, you know that’s an incredible deal. When the wine samples arrived at my door, I was so excited to taste them!

Cava in the Kitchen Event Details

Cava, the longtime darling of sommeliers and bartenders around the world, is positioning itself internationally as the quality-driven wine that offers a glass of sparkling for every occasion.
This virtual tasting led by Ray Isle, executive wine editor of Food & Wine Magazine, will focus on the versatility of Cava—this traditional method sparkling wine offers a perfect pairing to a myriad of dishes that enhance every occasion, from everyday cuisine to celebratory meals. This tasting will explore the wide array of styles with distinct flavor profiles of Cava … whether you’re a novice or expert, this session is sure to unveil something new about why this Spanish sparkling wine is so in demand around the world. Featured wines include:

• Alta Alella Mirgin Rosé Reserva
• Bodegas Langa Reyes de Aragón ‘El Castro’ Reserva Brut
• Canals & Munné Dionysus Reserva Brut Nature
• Naveran Brut Vintage
• Roger Goulart Gran Reserva 2015
• Segura Viudas Brut Reserva

Don’t miss your chance to taste these wines along with Ray!

Jun 10, 2021
1:00 PM Pacific

Join live or register for the Zoom webinar.

Secure your wine selections at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace.

Exposé on Rosé with Seattle Urban Wineries

If you’re ready to discover where to find your ideal rosé in Seattle, you’re in luck! Next week Seattle Urban Wineries has a fun FREE virtual chat featuring the folks behind the wine, moderated by yours truly. Join this “Exposé on Rosé” and meet six producers crafting six very different pink beverages, including sparkling wine and mead.

Exposé on Rosé

Wednesday, June 9
4-5pm Pacific
Register for the link and be entered in a drawing.

It would be a bit much if all of the 24 member wineries participated, so the following six will showcase their refreshing wines during this event.

John Patterson of Patterson Cellars spills the juice on his Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir. ($42)

Nina Depiesse of Nine Hats Wines will make us blush over the 2020 vintage of Julia’s Dazzle, crafted of Pinot Gris. ($18)

Todd and Anne, proprietors of T2 Cellar reveal all about their Rosé of Counoise. ($18)

Brandon of Mr. B’s Mead sweetens the conversation over his Rosé Mead made with raspberry honey. ($20 per 375ml or $30 per 750ml)

Bradley Sherman of Michael Florentino Cellars unveils his 2020 Rosé of Barbera. ($20)

Tim Narby of Nota Bene Cellars / MCM Wine Company gives the lowdown on his Divinia Rosé. ($22)

This is the perfect online event for those who want to virtually meet the makers and discover where to seek out favorite varieties and styles of wines for patio sipping. Invite friends to join the fun! Sign up today and you’ll be entered to win a fun drawing.

Let’s Talk About Two Syrahs from Boushey Vineyard

How can two Syrahs from the same vineyard taste wildly different? This question has been on my mind since a recent tasting of two Syrahs from Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, each vastly distinct from the other yet equally delectable. Read on for more insight about the winemaking behind these fantastic wines, quotes from the winemakers, and tasty pairing recommendations.

Sample bottles were graciously provided by the wineries, Damsel Cellars and Two Vintners.

The Two Syrahs from Boushey Vineyard

Beyond the grape and the vineyard name, the similarities for the most part end. Although grapes for these wines grew up on vines across the road from one other, each has a unique personality. Is it due to that concept of terroir? Winemaker Morgan Lee proclaims that Syrah absorbs its sense of place, even at such a short distance. Or, perhaps it’s a reflection of each winemaker’s style. Long story short, when it comes to flavor profiles, WOW is there a contrast between these wines!

“If you’re at all artistic or creative, Syrah will go there with you.” ~ Mari Womack on working with Syrah

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Toast and Taste with Karen MacNeil Flavor First Wine Glasses

Have you ever wondered if the shape of a glass influences the tasting experience? Read on to learn about how Karen MacNeil Flavor First™ wine glasses impact the wines consumed from them.

Personally, I am convinced that the shape of a glass can amplify a wine’s aromas and affect where the wine lands on the tongue. That’s before we even get into how the aesthetics of a beautiful wine glass can elevate the overall encounter with a precious beverage.

Accordingly, I was elated when my work as a Washington Wine Ambassador for the Auction of Washington Wines presented an opportunity to take part in a special tasting for the AWW’s Private Reserve Club. The event was led by wine expert Karen MacNeil, of whom I am a big fan! She’s the AWW Honorary Chair, author of the award-winning book The Wine Bible, creator of Flavor First™ stemware, as well as a brilliant wine educator. For about an hour we experimented with the three signature tasting glasses in the set, along with three accompanying wines, and chatted with the premier winemakers who provided the bottles for our pleasure.

Karen MacNeil Flavor First Wine Glass Development

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