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Rueda Spain

The view from the tasting room.

In northwest Spain lies the region of Rueda, the Denominación de Origen (D. O.) that covers wines in the Castilla-y-León region. Here the dominant variety is Verdejo, a grape that is indigenous to the area which produces a dry and aromatic white wine that is rapidly growing in popularity worldwide. We had the opportunity to taste at Bodegas José Pariente, one of the top white wine producers in Rueda. A true family winery, it is run by Victoria Pariente and her daughter Martina Prieto Pariente. Named after Victoria’s father, the winery pays homage, both in name and quality, to his passion for well-made white wine.

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Rosé: The Wine of Summer

Rosé: The Wine of Summer


Posted on Mar 28, 2018

2013 Clos du Soleil Rose

Nothing says summer like a bottle of Rosé…

Summer is almost here and that means it is time to break out the Rosé! Rosé is that lovely pink-coloured wine that is served cold and seems to be the perfect aperitif to enjoy on a sunny deck. Ever wonder what sort of grapes are used to make Rosé? Or how it gets its colour? This article will shine some light on what goes in the world of Rosé.

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Champagne

Veuve Clicquot’s 1996 La Grand Dame Champagne

As we discussed in our article on Champagne, there are a wide variety of different Champagnes to choose from. Since Champagne is THE wine of celebrations, which Champagne does one choose for those really special celebrations? When that milestone birthday or anniversary comes around or when you accomplish a major lifetime event and you want to go all out and really celebrate the occasion, this is when you pull out your Tête de Cuvée.

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Woodinville wine washingtonWe have been fans of Lauren Ashton Cellars since we first discovered the winery in Woodinville close to five years ago. They recently launched their second label, Ashton Troy Wines, as an exclusive offering for the restaurant market. The result is well priced wine that still manages to maintain the same high quality that fans of Lauren Ashton have come to expect.

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Andrew Januik: A Winemaker to Watch

Andrew Januik: A Winemaker to Watch


Posted on Mar 9, 2018

washington wine

The tasting room at Januik Novelty Hill in Woodinville.

We first met Andrew Januik last year when we were interviewing Mike Januik of Novelty Hill Januik Wines in Woodinville, Washington. Mike is Andrew’s father and is one of the pioneers of the Washington wine industry. From 1988 to 1999, Mike was the winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle where he excelled and made some terrific wines during a formative period that helped to put Washington State on the vinous map. Talking briefly with Andrew at that time, we knew we had to come back to Woodinville and interview him directly.

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The Estates Wine Room (Seattle, WA)

The Estates Wine Room (Seattle, WA)


Posted on Feb 28, 2018

Seattle Washington

Douglas at the Estates Wine Room

A good friend of ours in the wine industry suggested we meet for a drink at one of the Pacific Northwest’s newest, and hippest, tasting rooms during a recent visit to Seattle. We had been hearing the favourable buzz and were keen to try it ourselves and see what the Estates Wine Room was all about.

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Woodinville washington

A glass of Goose Ridge Rose by the fire.

Located just a 20 minute drive north of Seattle, Woodinville is a small suburb that is home to more than 140 wineries and tasting rooms featuring wines predominantly made in the Walla Walla, Columbia and Yakima Valleys in the southeastern part of the state. With that many tasting rooms to choose from it can be daunting to know which ones to make a priority especially when faced with a short amount of time. We recently visited the Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard & Winery tasting room and found it to be well worth a stop for anyone looking for a delicious glass of wine in a comfortable atmosphere.

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Champagne: The Wine of Celebrations

Champagne: The Wine of Celebrations


Posted on Feb 14, 2018

Champagne and truffle

Champagne and truffles

With Valentine’s Day here, people are now thinking about how they will celebrate that special day and that means for many buying and or opening a bottle of Champagne. So we thought that now would be a good time to present a brief overview of Champagne and what is behind that most celebratory of wines.

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