Critics, Consumers Love Fidelitas Wines

November 27th, 2006

Winemaker Charlie Hoppes has contributed to the success of a number of Northwest wineries including Canon de Sol, Goose Ridge and Zefina, to name a few. He’s also the owner of Fideltas Wines, which has several outstanding current releases that come highly recommended by wine critics and consumers alike.

nullEarlier this month, I visited with Hoppes’ brother, Loren, who is co-owner and general manager of the Fideltas temporary tasting room in Eastern Washington’s Red Mountain Appellation. A new facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2007 in the heart of one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier grape growing regions.

Some of my favorite wines that were sampled during the visit included the 2005 Semillon (about $19), a wonderfully balanced white wine with flavors of pear and citrus and subtle traces of oak on the finish. The 2004 Malbec (about $35) is incredibly unique, with aromas and flavors of rose petals, combined with plum, mocha and a bit of spice. Produced in extremely small quantities, this is one red wine worth searching for.

The 2003 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon (about $42) is another winner, with a lovely vanilla bouquet followed by intense flavors of cherry and chocolate. And the 2003 Optu Red Wine (about $44) is in a class by itself. This blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is the product of seven, first-class Washington vineyards. Dense and complex, the wine features loads of dark berry and cherry flavors backed by a lengthy, toasty oak finish.

Fidelitas wines are fairly well distributed at wine shops and grocers in the Bellingham area. You can also purchase them at Compass Wines in Anacortes or online at www.fideltiaswines.com.

Barrister ’04 Cab Franc Earns Best of Show Honors at Tri-Cities Wine Festival

November 20th, 2006

Earlier this month I attended the 28th Annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival in Pasco. This year’s festival featured over 60 wineries and nearly 200 wines from the Pacific Northwest.

As a regular participant in the festival for the past 22 years, I think it’s always interesting to look for trends in the wines that are presented. Merlot and Chardonnay still lead the way among respective red and white wine entries, but the selection of other varietals such as Syrah, Pinot Gris and Viognier continues to increase each year. Also notable was the large amount of Cabernet-based red wine blends that seem to be offered by an ever-increasing number of Northwest wineries.

The big winner of the evening’s festivities was Barrister Winery of Spokane, whose 2004 Cabernet Franc took best of show honors. This is an awesome red wine with a wonderful balance of berry fruit and herbaceous flavors and a silky finish. It’s currently available at Compass Wines in Anacortes for about $25 a bottle.

Other top winners in the double gold category were: Barnard Griffin 2004 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Crest 2004 Reserve Syrah, Domaine Ste. Michelle Non-Vintage Blanc de Noirs, Hyatt Vineyards 2004 Syrah, Saint Laurent 2005 Chardonnay, Samson Estates Non-Vintage Delilah Blackberry Wine, Ste. Chapelle 2005 Reserve Cabernet Franc Ice Wine, Basalt Cellars 2004 Merlot, Spring Valley Vineyard 2004 Uriah Red Wine and Vin du Lac Winery 2005 Dry Riesling.

In addition to Samson Estates, local winery Mount Baker Vineyards claimed a silver medal for its 2005 Reserve Viognier and bronze medals for its 2004 Malbec and 2004 Sangiovese.

For a complete list of medal winners go to www.tricitieswinefestival.com.

Two More Choices for Good, Everyday Wines

November 13th, 2006

One more word on everyday wines and then I’ll put the subject to rest – at least for the time being.

Everyday wines, if you’ll recall from last week’s column, are those that I consider to have a consistent level of good quality and are affordable enough to enjoy every day. For most people, this generally means anything in the $7 to $15 a bottle price range.

Mike Peterson, owner of The Vines wine shop in Bellingham recently recommended a couple of selections that make great everyday wines. First up is the Campo de Borga 2005 Viña Borgia. This super Spanish red wine is made from 100 percent Grenache. If you’re not familiar with this varietal, take note that it’s the same grape that’s used in many world-class blends from France such as Chateneuf du Pape.

The Viña Borgia has lovely berry aromas, spicy cherry fruit flavors, good structure and a smooth finish. It’s a natural to pair with duck, lamb, and grilled beef and it’s also versatile enough to be a great pizza wine. The Vines currently features it at the incredibly low price of $4.95 a bottle. This wine really blew me away and arguably compares with others costing two to three times the price.

nullAnother affordable red wine worth checking out is the Bridlewood Winery 2003 Syrah. This absolutely delicious wine from Central California is loaded with black cherry and blueberry flavors that are so forward, I could almost envision biting into a juicy slice of fruit pie ala mode. At the current price of about $11, it’s a terrific value for a Syrah and something you can enjoy every day without spending a small fortune.

Tri-Cities Wine Festival

November 11th, 2006

One of the best wine festivals in the Pacific Northwest, featuring approximately 200 wines from wineries in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.

The public tasting will be held from 6:00 to 10:00 pm on Saturday, November 11 at the Red Lion Inn Ballroom in Pasco, Washington. My suggestion is to also make a room reservation at the hotel by calling (509) 547-0701 so you can do your tasting without having to worry about driving afterwards. Cost is $45.00 per person.

Attendance is limited to 1,000 guests, so don’t delay in getting your tickets. For more information about the festival and related events visit their web site at: www.tricitieswinefestival.com

Bargain-Priced Pepperwood Grove Makes Great Everyday Wines

November 6th, 2006

Occasionally you may hear the phrase, “it makes a great everyday wine,” and if you’re curious as to what this means, let me offer an explanation.

As the name implies, an everyday wine should be something that falls within a reasonable price range so that you can enjoy it every day. This generally means somewhere in the $7 to $15 range because, let’s face it, it’s impractical and unaffordable for most of us to pop the cork on a $30 bottle of cabernet when we come home from work each evening.

An everyday wine should also have at least some degree of quality. It doesn’t have to be great; it just has to be good. In that sense, you want to be able to select a wine with reasonable certainty that you’re going to enjoy it without having to sift through countless rows of bottles at the grocer of wine shop.

nullTypically, I’m not fond of promoting domestic wineries that produce in mass quantities. But lately I’ve relented and tried some wines from Pepperwood Grove, one of several labels from Don Sebastiani and Sons of Napa, California.

The 2004 Merlot is lighter than most, but still carries some nice, bright cherry flavors, soft tannins and a touch of oak on the finish. And I really loved the Non-Vintage Old Wine Zinfandel, which is packed with dense, jammy flavors of blackberry and raspberry, followed by touches of spice. Also currently available are a 2004 Syrah, 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2005 Chardonnay.

All Pepperwood Grove wines are normally priced at around $8 to $9 a bottle, although I picked up mine a few weeks ago on sale at the Food Pavilion in Bellingham for an incredible $4.97 a bottle. With prices like that, it makes sense to give them a try and at least consider them as choices for tasty, reliable, everyday wines.

Next Page »

Powered by WordPress

zithromax recommended dosage cheap discount viagra buy cialis uk cheap viagra generico forum brand levitra sales 200 mg doxycycline acne warfarin alternatives for atrial fibrillation buy lexapro europe blue pill 100 on one side praziquantel for fish tanks orlistat froom china torsemide dosage vitamix blender costco reviews how effective is lexapro for anxiety bystolic 5 mg generic para que sirve diclofenaco sodico 100 mg order online propranolol 40mg viagra tablet can use in cooldrinks buy malegra fxt paypal zoloft in spain clonidine side effects in children with adhd cialis 5mg 28 tablets diflucan fluconazole used cialis 10 mg dose orlistat 60 mg capsules canada premarin 0.3 mg tablet celebrex online order obagi tretinoin cream 0 1 best price misoprostol for miscarriage side effects zoloft 50 mg n2 comprar cytotec en online usa flagyl generic alcohol side effects of ramipril 2.5 mg donde comprar pastillas generic cialis hard purchase viagra melbourne bad reviews on alli diet pills generic chloromycetin cost duvadilan drug isoxsuprine buy inderal from canada potassium chloride side effects doctor tylenol 4 codeine asacol dosage maximum amikacin peak and trough timing e20 tablet for premature ejactulation generic viagra purchase can you get viagra at cvs buy levlen online no perscription xenical delivered to uk lipothin side effects uk metazole tablets with keyboards meds from mexico viagra kaufen in deutschland acai purchase online aldactone tab 100 mg cytoxan infusion time florida actos lawyer erectile pills over the counter 50 mg viagra for sale where to buy alli diet pill order capoten tablets better than aricept is generic minipress available in usa bentyl 20 mg side effects flexeril 10 mg picture cialis gratui mupirocin uses bactroban can order atacand online dapoxetine 30 mg buy canada no prescription for renagel cheap ampicillin per pill lisinopril 20 mg benefits how effective is albenza for pinworms pilexil capsulas de alcachofa football stats website vasotec side effects impotence femara letrozole fertility protocol cheap percent without prescription zineryt prospectors lopressor online coupon code global pharmacy canada inc buying cialis line clonidine adhd mechanism benicar no prescription canada cheapest place to get propecia how to use miss me tablet vitamix reviews youtube rhinocort long term side effects no prescription canadian pharmacy generic lexapro 10mg cialis ordering online where do i buy diovan nolvadex 20mg online amlodipine besylate side effects in men oxybutynin hydrochloride side effects generic for tegretol xr 200mg tadalafil ic 351 trileptal oxcarbazepine side effects navidoxine drug addiction buy aspirin bulk buy hores viagra pharm support group complaints south african hoodia gordonii side effects imovane zopiclone drugzovirax prescription lamisil pills fasigyn fortesta is gonal f better than clomid lasix medication cialis 100 mg 30 tablet fiyat? buy lexapro online uk amoxil 500 mg overdose what is allied health assistant sildenafil online purchase speman over the couter hydroxyzine for dogs allergies purchase generic motrin lexapro substitute chloroquine phosphate injection buy celadrin online pharmacy cozaar medication information aciphex over the counter cheap aventis clomid clozaril dosage recommended viagra 100mg private generic wellbutrin bupropion effexor canada i want to buy alli nexium 40 mg mims lidocaine patch 5 coupons xenical generico 120 mg online dr viagra augmentin 156 mg 5 ml tricor side effects strattera cap 40 mg lozol medication keppra mims australia augmentin 475 mg prospect cipro 500 mg treatment buying viagra in the uk orlistat from europe entocort lymphocytic colitisepamin primox tablets at walmart paypal generic cialis shatavari australia pharmacy acai berry living xs lisinopril hydrochlorothiazide permethrin spray scabies effexor xr cipla pharmaceuticals torsemide medications what is tizanidine 4mg zanaflextolchicinetopiramate ranitidine zantac eq topamax weight loss topiramate doctor mesterolone steroid use trial packs cialis without prescription buy mifepristone buying viagra cheap tetracycline 10 mg ml viagra fast delivery australia cheap viagra index cabgolin online canadian walgreens careers apply online pacific care vanuatu atacand online ordering buying generic clomid lergigan biverkningar av morfin levaquin medicine drugstore cowboy full movie zyrtec 10mg directionszyvox generic valtrex overnight delivery cheaper form of cymbalta tadalafil 5mg reviews ezetimibe 10mg simvastatin 80mg tablet starlix medication nateglinide what is bupropion xl used for lasix online europe altace heart medication nexium 40mg indicacao generic name for sinemet provera and clomid to conceive avelox 400mg moxifloxacin information liv visa augmentin 400 mg pediatrico doxazosin online how long does levaquin take to work for pneumonia advair hfa inhaler side effects medicament glucophage 850 mg permethrin 10 directions increasing sperm count diet reviews on plendil cheap doxycycline no prescription pharmacy store online cialis where to buy diovan with amex diclofenac sodium serratiopeptidase tablets side effects pramipexole dihydrochloride drugs inc levitra 5mg effectiveness flexeril side effects in men viagra bestellen auf rechnung can you buy zithromax over the counter sominex tablets uses licensed pharmacy atarax over counter aldactone cdc cefixime gonorrhea aldactone cost quibron-t from canada what is naproxen comprar indocin pela internet naproxen sodium side effects aleve insulin glargine pen micardis telmisartan dose mentat prescription coupon viagra 100 mg duration toradol online order 8 mg periactin vicodin withdrawal symptoms blood pressure is high can you buy alligator gar stromectol scabies dosage buy cefixime there generic levitra buy aldactone boots buy cialis arizona over the counter azithromycin or doxycycline viagra vs cialis viagra alternative benefits of saw palmetto pills provera without prescription trazodone canada pharmacy cheap glucophage minocin antibiotic buy alli australia buy crestor paypal accepted zyprexa for anxiety reviews get calan las vegas fucibet cream 30g strattera 100mg buy terbutaline preterm labor pregnancy terbutaline preterm labor apoprednisone 5mg for dogs fucidin ointment generic name depakote er side effects medication dormidina nebenwirkungen wellbutrin generic best get clomid online risperdal lawsuit attorney victoza coupon allegra d 12 hour extended release tablets amoxil 875 for sinus infection 100mg viagra costco albuterol online mavidol sl 30mg morphine combivent woldwide shipping celexa prices at costco atlantic drugstore synthroid buy cheap donde comprar cialis 20 mas barata micardis generic wellbutrin sr mg what is clozapine medication fosamax osteoporosis teaching cardinal bank hours daivonex calcipotriol buy diflucan cream cheap viagra mg 110mg viagra buy viagra online no prescription increasing milk supply with breast pump buy florinef without rx virus drugs for sale augmentin 1000 mg prospektus elavil for sleep apnea renagel 800 mg price does zanaflex make you gain weight tadalafil tablets 5mg canada avapro 300 mg dose mambo number 5 lyrics 365 buy flagyl 400 mg shipping about cialis 20mg viagra patent generic tegretol 200mg carbamazepine zofran medicine side effects cataflam generic name diflucan 150 mg bestellen levothyroxine without a script mirtazapine for dogs appetite viagra without prescription australia levitra sweden order viagra pharmacy lloyds pharmacy store locator leicester brand cialis cheapest cheap depakote 100 mg minocycline hydrochloride for dogs side effects ramicomp genericons moduretic costco buy tricor in usa woman cialis generic asthma attack symptoms magnesium rich foods mayo clinic cheap pharmaceutical viagra 20mg pink lisinopril metformin 250 mg tab buy metformin in india pravastatin sodium side effects blog orlistat 60 mg capsules canada walgreens cialis 20 mg abilify coupons without insurance clonidine 0.1 mg patch cialis 20mg cheap ramipril side effects cough claritin d ingredients list where to get blopress strattera price 60 mg buy 5 mg tadalafil online canada pharmacy fast shipping terramycin suppositories buy comprar alli online cialis 20 mg informacion lukol supplier in uk generic lexapro dizziness healthy man reviews beconase nasal spray side effects donormyl blue 50mg fastest known shipping generic viagra plavix patient assistance application form metformin hcl 750 mg cheap propecia no rx generic tadalafil tablets viagra price compare strattera highest mg where to purchase lithium bromide mestinon usa flomax cr 0 4mg effets secondaires ranitidine side effects cipro uti online imovane 7 5mg information processing tadacip cipla india ordering low dose zenegra celebrex online order obetrol medication dictionary lexapro generic rice femara on line in the india prednisone without prescription canada milanuncios barcelona vs villarreal 2015 doxycycline monohydrate 100 mg oral tablet best place buy fincar lantus solostar pen much does minocycline cost lasix 20 mg online prednisone 9 mg cialis manufacturer coupon order ginseng 120 mg levitra professional in croatia acheter pas cher atarax citolapram no rx cheapest buy cleocin next day cheap generic coreg finpecia 1 mg for sale online antibiotics overnight avalide side effects weight gain get calan las vegas lexapro online 20mg google shopping finasteride starcef capsule crm where to buy sk doxycycine adalat cc package insert zoloft online canada buy prescriptions online review walmart pharmacy celebrex cialis ic doxycycline hyclate 100mg esomeprazole 40 mg nexium ampicillim online buy flutamide online canadian express drugs ordering differin canada costco black friday 2015 sales desogen user reviewsdesyrel can you buy cabgolin online buy alphagan with glaucoma brimonidine tartrate buy fincar prednisone pills for cats lorinol 10 mg valium dilantin without rx i need a prescription for effexor citalopram buy australia cialis jelly 40 mg pharmacy cipro 4 generic premarin 1.25 cream ambien dosages buy levitra softabs order levitra 10 pills para que se usa lamisil cleocin hcl lergigan mitel buy lasix 100mg no prescription antibiotics for strep throat treatment vimax detox side effects does medicaid cover viagra 2010 abilify coupons for children come comperare viagra over the counter closest to nexium amoxil capsule price in pakistan 277 motrin 400 mg what is rhinathiol promethazine syrup eurax generic for is generic meclizine available in usa prinivil 20 mg tablet plant viagra 200 mg generic roxithromycin no prescription apcalis sx in the uk clomid online buy can you order prednisolone drugs taking 2 cialis 5 mg kamagra 100mg prix vardenafil hcl clorfenamina vademecum chile topamax for migraines and kidney stones viagra home delivery clozapine reg teva buspar xanax flagyl online overnight cialis online purchase in india cialis sale online canada levitra 5 mg bucodispersable nombre generico xenical clotrimazole lozenges prednisone 60 mg breastfeeding cheap clomid resources sublingual medication list glucophage xr 1000 mg overdose of ranitidine for infantsrapharmacy cialis kaufen ohne kreditkarte generic amaryl dosage plendil online store can you order haridra buy propecia line lasix 40 mg cheap viagra danmark zyvox 600 mg coupon beprogel scalpel what works better than viagra cialis 20mg cpr 8 buy aciclovir tablets 400mg without perscription sale order tenormin latisse costco price walmart zoloft generic generic cabgolin uk paypal viagra 12x100mg buy xenical over the counter bentyl medication side effects cheap accutane from india himcolin gel minocycline without azulfidine side effects uk propranolol inderal 10mg coupon amazon take 2 50mg clomid condyline podophyllotoxin cream cadex 2 mg warning caution cialis 20 mg identification metallica black album track list atorvastatin buy india buy viagra hungary top 10 online cholestoplex sites quiero comprar tegretol best zoloft generic using anastrozole bodybuilding samonas listening therapy for sensory alli refill from canada lamictal bipolar depression luvox drug in germany pharmacy is there a generic for actos diabetes generic viagra book cialis tadalafil 80mgperday bula do medicamento sertralina 50 mg cafergot medication buy alli 60mg online comment du kamagra buylowdrugs canada post herpes generic valtrex ant pheromones definition cialis 20mg cheap best prices for allegra d valium and alcohol death valtrex pills prices where to buy methotrexate minocycline hydrochloride for dogs side effects zyban vs chantix treatment metformin generic images buy toradol injection online are sotalol and sotalol af interchangeable buy kamagra jelly india puppies for sale in ohio get cipro online how long does it take for a liver biopsy to be resulted buy venlor online reviews cialis 800mg pharmacy cialis generic obat acyclovir side effects of lanoxin/digoxin ambien dosage forms canadian pharmacy meds reviews hen is viagra going generic