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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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St emilion winery

The view behind the tasting room.

Of the two principal appellations of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, Saint-Émilion is a place so full of history it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is everything you’d imagine from a French village in this region—cobblestone streets, stone fences, and vineyards as far as the eye can see. It is also home to its fair share of top-quality wineries and our visit to Château Beau-Séjour Bécot, a Premier Grand Cru Classé, certainly lived up to both its name and its reputation.

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