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Napa Valley wine

Stunning views at Smith-Madrone.

One of the many great things about being a frequent traveler to wine country is the stunning natural beauty that often accompanies the setting. Spring Mountain, with its undisturbed natural forests, steep vineyards and stunning views of the Napa Valley laying more than a thousand feet below is one of the more beautiful and picturesque settings we have been to. Smith-Madrone occupies a gorgeous spot high up these hills on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains where they make wines every bit as beautiful as their site.

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Winemaker Brian Carter

Brian Carter’s journey in the wine industry has included some decisions that to many may have seemed unusual but have always been made with the objective of setting himself apart from the norm. Over the past 35 years, he’s done exactly that earning a reputation as not only a pioneer of the Washington wine industry, but also as one of its most respected winemakers.

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Bordeaux France

The vineyards at Chateau Suduiraut.

While travelling from Bordeaux to Rioja last year, we made our first visit to Sauternes, a region synonymous with some of the best dessert wine in the world. It’s most famous resident, Château d’Yquem, is the only wine in the region classified as a Premier Cru Classé Supérieur. We spent a wonderful day at their next-door neighbor Château Suduiraut, a fine quality dessert wine in its own right. What we discovered was a winery with an uncompromising approach to winemaking that is producing excellent wine.

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Tim Blue on Adam’s Bench.

Adams Bench Winery is a recent discovery we made while on a weekend trip to Woodinville. We have to admit, one of our favourite things is to discover new wineries. The older, larger wineries that are well-established can be great to visit and can produce terrific wines, but there is something special about discovering something new particularly when it turns out to be so exceptional.

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A glass of Rosé at JM Cellars in Woodinville.

Every year about this time, a certain anticipation amongst wine drinkers begins to grow. As spring does its best to put stubborn old man winter to bed for the next 6 months, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and the shelves at local wine shops are suddenly teeming with bottles filled with varying shades of pink. There’s an audible gasp of excitement emanating from wine lovers everywhere…Rosé season has finally arrived.

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ABC: Anything But Chardonnay?

ABC: Anything But Chardonnay?


Posted on Apr 17, 2019

 

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Chardonnay grapes

We are not too sure why, but for several years now we have been hearing the three-letter acronym of “ABC” as standing for anything but Chardonnay. We decided, with a little help from our friends, to do a little digging around on the subject.

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La rioja Alavesa

A perfect start.

We were first introduced to the talented Echapresto Brothers on a trip to Northern Spain a few years ago with Iberian Wine Tours. Our farewell dinner on that tour was at the stunning Valpiedra Winery in Rioja, and the two brothers closed down their Michelin-rated restaurant, Venta Moncalvillo, in order to personally look after our group. Carlos is the Sommelir, Ignacio is the Chef, and their partnership is nothing short of gastronomic bliss.

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Soter Vineyards: Provisions Tasting

Soter Vineyards: Provisions Tasting


Posted on Apr 3, 2019

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2014 Mineral Springs Brut Rosé paired with Coho Crudo

There is a trend that we are seeing globally, towards wineries upping their culinary game to create food dishes on site to go with their wines. Of course, why wouldn’t they? Wine is better with food and food is better with wine.

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