Kana Winery Representative of Great Wines Coming Out of Yakima Valley

October 28th, 2008

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be featuring wineries from Washington’s Yakima Valley and Rattlesnake Hills Appellations. Established in 1983, Yakima Valley is Washington’s oldest appellation and home to over 40 wineries, while Rattlesnake Hills, a schism of Yakima Valley, was granted appellation status in 2006 and includes 16 wineries.

It’s impossible to pin down a varietal or varietals these regions do best, but it’s safe to say that the incredible range of quality wines created here are comparable to much of what the rest of the world has to offer.

nullKana Winery, located in downtown Yakima, provides a perfect example of the increasingly diverse nature of wines produced by Washington’s wineries. Kana specializes in blended varietals, and many of their current releases feature two or more grapes from several different vineyards.

A fine example is the 2005 Workingman’s Red (about $16), a blend of zinfandel, malbec, and petite verdot that’s slightly peppery with a touch of brambly blackberry on the finish. This isn’t a big, overly fruity California zin by any stretch, which makes it much easier to pair with foods such as roast pork or lamb.

Also worth noting is the 2005 Scarlet Fire (about $25), another blend consisting of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot. This intensely compact red wine – filled with nuances of cherry, plum, and tobacco – opens up nicely with ample breathing time and has excellent cellaring potential.

For white wine drinkers, the Kana 2006 Cuvée Blanche (about $18) is a must-try blend of roussanne, viognier, and marsanne. With honeysuckle and papaya aromas, lush tropical fruit and baked apple flavors, and a lingering finish, this massive wine may very well put you on sensory overload.

Kana Winery will be one of the wineries featured at the Grape & Gourmet event in Bellingham on November 2. You’ll also find their wines at Compass Wines in Anacortes and Libation Station in Mount Vernon, or order them online at www.kanawinery.com.

Spanish Wines Flavorful and Diverse

October 21st, 2008

If you’ve yet to try any wines from Spain I encourage you to do so. Most of Spain’s vineyards are located in the country’s warmer regions, meaning the wines produced there are generally big, bold and flavorful. These wines beg to be paired with food, but they’re also extremely enjoyable when served on their own.

And don’t be fooled into thinking that good Spanish wines are limited to a handful of reds. The range of styles and variety of Spanish wines is surprisingly diverse, with something certain to please even the most finicky wine drinker.

For instance, the Lagar do Castelo 2007 Albariño (about $14) is a well-priced white wine that blew me away with its flavors and complexity. The intoxicating aroma suggests fresh nectarine, with a combination of stone fruit, citrus and savory flavors that lead to a dry, yet lingering finish.

Also noteworthy is the Agustí Torelló Mata 2005 Brut Reserva (about $19), another great example of Cava, the sparkling wine of Spain. Extremely fine bubbles lift the aromas of baked apple and toast from the glass, while the wine displays a clean, mineral taste with traces of melon and a bone-dry finish. Ideal as an aperitif or with shellfish.

nullA couple of red wine recommendations include the Pinuaga 2006 Tempranillo (about $15) from the Castilla region of Spain. With a lovely floral nose, slightly smoky notes and firm tannins, this wine will pair well with tomato-based sauces or paella.

And the Solpost 2005 Montsant (about $24) is a huge, yet elegant blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Flavors of berry, plum and dried fruit predominate, with black pepper and a touch of oak on the finish.

Look for these wines at the Fairhaven Market Haggen, or ask for them by name in the wine section of your favorite grocer and they can be special ordered for you.

November Features Several NW Wine Events

October 14th, 2008

Three notable wine tasting events are coming up in November, and one of them will take place here in Bellingham.

Grape and Gourmet, the annual food and wine extravaganza hosted by Bellingham Bay Rotary Club, will be held at the Best Western Lakeway Inn on November 2. Tickets are available in two tiers; VIP’s pay $125 and are provided full access from 5:00 to 8:30 pm, while a $75 ticket allows you to join in the fun from 6:45 to 8:30 pm.

nullThis has quickly become one of the premiere wine-related events in the State and it’s certainly near the top of the list of my current favorites. Dozens of Pacific Northwest wineries and local restaurants will be on hand to provide you with an array of culinary delights that is truly staggering.

This event always sells out early, so do not delay in purchasing tickets from any Bellingham Bay Rotary Club member or online at www.bellinghambayrotary.com.

If you don’t mind doing a little traveling to the other side of the state, Eastern Washington is also offering its share of wine tasting events in November.

nullThe 30th annual Tri-Cities Wine Festival is slated for November 7 and 8, and will feature scores of wines from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia wineries. Two food and wine seminars will be offered as well as a three-hour public tasting event at the Pasco Red Lion Hotel. For more information including times, locations and ticket purchases visit www.tricitieswinefestival.com.

Finally, over 50 Yakima Valley wineries will be opening their doors on November 28 and 29 as they celebrate Thanksgiving in Wine Country. By purchasing a $20 ticket in advance, guests will be able to experience a variety of specialty foods and wine pairings, library tastings, and tours not available to the public. You’ll find all the specifics at www.wineyakimavalley.org.

Wine Dinner Class at BTC

October 11th, 2008

6:00 to 9:00 pm – Spanish Wine Dinner. A five-course dinner paired with five outstanding Spanish wines you say? Ole! Click on the Wine Classes page for more information.

Mike Scott of Lone Canary Continues to Produce “Unabashedly Washington” Wines

October 7th, 2008

During a recent trip to Spokane I paid a visit to Lone Canary Winery, which has always been a favorite of mine. While I was there, I had the good fortune of spending a bit of time with winemaker Mike Scott.

Scott is wonderfully outspoken about his wines and has proclaimed that they are “unabashedly and unapologetically Washington State wines.” That’s great news for those of us who enjoy their wines with beautiful aromas, plenty of mouthwatering fruit flavors and just the right amount of acidity to keep things in balance.

nullAnd did I mention the incredibly reasonable prices? With the exception of the 2004 DuBrul Vineyard Reserve (a stunning red wine blend worthy of its $35 price tag), all of his current releases – including the 2004 vintages of his velvety smooth Merlot and Cabernet – are about $20 a bottle or less.

Scott’s Sauvignon Blancs have always been a thing of beauty and his 2007 vintage (about $13) is no exception. Lovely aromas and flavors of honeydew melon, a touch of stone fruits, and a bright, clean finish cap this white wine gem.

Also worth noting is the 2007 Cuvee Rosé (about $13), which I think is really more of a “reverse rosé.” That is, instead of starting with a red grape and leaving the skins on for just a short time, Scott starts with a sauvignon blanc and blends in 5 percent Barbera to achieve a lovely, salmon/coral hue.

Speaking of Barbera, if you haven’t tried this Italian-based varietal consider the Lone Canary label, which may well be the benchmark for Washington winemakers. The 2006 vintage (about $15) is loaded with red berry flavors wrapped in a splash of acidity and followed by a long, sultry finish of dried cherries. Outstanding!

You’ll find Lone Canary wines locally at the Food Pavilion, selected Haggen stores and Anthony’s Restaurants.

Next Page »

Powered by WordPress

generic cipro ingredients alli amsterdam generic for strattera best rated generic viagra site discount cialis from canada preco levitra generico prometrium dosage for perimenopause where can i buy doxycycline over the counter cialis generico en farmacias betnovate scalp application hair loss levothyroxine without a script valacyclovir hcl 1000mg less expensive male viagra cialis peak time prednisone 20 mg overdose nolvadex 10 mg hombres cheap viagra europe diovan side effects diovan blood pressure medicine www cisalis on oline discount lexapro online xenical online us cialis canadian pahrmcy aleve vs ibuprofen for arthritis pain eulexin 100 review viagra samples canada mexican generic cialis tofranil drug uses why is there a shortage of tetracycline discount lipitor euthyrox side effects medicine black market viagra nexium generic lansoprazole raloxifene hcl tablets ginette-35 mail order rogaine for women side effectswebmd periactin for sale medex viagra costco travel packages cialis contact information over the counter same as spironolactone disulfiram reaction symptoms buying doxycycline 100mg abilify maintena injection erectalis tablets the weekender generic cialis antabuse side effects if you drink ranitidine and domperidone reflux cialis generic usa are there any over the counter pills for yeast infection sibutramine hydrochloride side effects canadian viagra online glucophage australia cialis price per pill order levitra women celebrex 200 mg uk viagra generic4all can you get high off celebrex 200 mg american academy of pediatrics aspirin trazodone where to purchase canadian pharmacy online argentina generic promethazine codeine syrup what does zovirax do to cold sores haldol medication uses haldol for nausea in hospice patients tamoxifen coupons forum cialis 20 mg detrol medication side effects veega generic viagra propranolol dosage for stage fright estrotab 1 mg equals how many mcg vulnerable amex deltasone online forum dosage clomid 100mg pregnant buy tretinoin without prescription buy cialis bulgaria buy kamagra ue buy lasix 20 mg buy cheap kamagra me uk spiting cialis 10mg can you double the alli dose glucovance 5 500 espanol ephedraxin refills indocin for gout side effects cialis mail order usa prevacid vs prilosec nexium generic for viagra name buy nizoral hong kong diazepam side effects in children nexium 40 mg laboratorio strattera generic medication where can i get flagyl antib for men advantage multi for dogs side effects lasix furosemide diuretic express chemist uk review buying periactin online metformin pcos online microzide medication side doxycycline 200mg coupon leponex tableta dejstvo celebrex side effects over counter acticin is it illegal to order generic ponstel mexican pharmacies in tojuana z pack no prescription online diclofenac pot 50 mg informacion cephalexin for sinus infections requip canada head office is it illegal to sell viagra online omeprazole 20 mg capsule what is it for sublingual gland infection buy viagra with master card wellbutrin dosage 600 mg cialis 100 mg siparis free viagra trial pack lov cost lexapro venlor dosage recommended suprax coupon codes betneval lotion aldara cream side effects skin cancer zineryt prospectors t.metformin 500 mg reviews 100 mg cialis generic levothroid donde puedo comprar cytotec buy lexapro cheap bayer levitra coupons ropinirole hcl 0.5mg tab chlamydia pills buy coreg fast shipping macrobid side effects yeast sumycin dosage for amoxicillin comprar viagra en estados unidos acquista cialis generico online augmentin tablets 1g strattera adhd 20 mg clomid buy viagra sildenafil citrate 50mg effects can you only get cialis professional on prescription allopurinol side effects weight gain canada no perscription metronidazole amiloride hcl used maxalt dosage forms where to get l-tryptophan tryptizol 10mg uses for vinegar uk buy depakote without prescription citalopram canada pharmacy buy non perscription elavil where i buy zebeta usa rocket power wikirogainrogaine aceon on the internet canadian pharmacies maxalt donde encuentro fluoxetina tylenol 3 dosage eprex injection administration stepseprostol can i legally order medicine from canada pricing viagra 100mg tadalafil 5mg generic india discount midamor mg hoodia cactus seeds legal buy diltiazem online canada online forum buy astelin view topic cialis capsules pharmacy technician salary in florida cialis best price side effects of glucophage xr endep order online vitamix reviews youtube cytotec guatemala abbott erythromycin 250 mg prednisone 2.5 mg daily prednisone 20 mg tabs promethazine dosage to get high hydrodiuril dosage piadas de loiras burras amiloride hydrochlorothiazide brand belize pharmacy express deltasone vs prednisone did generic uroxatral become available buy brand clomid periactin uk buy online purchase roxithromycin pills celebrex bipolar disorder singulair legal in england purchase cialis jelly cheap hyzaar 100 25 side effects nike air max 95 360 uk metformin er 750 mg 143 online indian viagra vicodin overdose treatment cialis 20mg hk no sscription pharmacy 280 retin a without prescription usa there generic form exelon patch cefaclor 250 mg suspension buy cialis online with fast shipping cialis online mambia chep viagra lady era generic cheap costs milnacipran drug schedule micardis medication telmisartan sumycin dosage of aspirin levitra better than viagra very cheap viagra cholesterol diet plan for high cholesterol actosol sprayer inderal 10mg for anxiety mircette reviews 2012 online betnovate purchase metazole cream of mushroom epanutin phenytoin viagra 24 hr delivery generic viagra cvs buy 200 mg doryx lamictal for depression only aciclovir for sale viagra professional canadian augmentin 12h 400 mg como comprar en ebay desde chile discount viagra pills xenical orlistat 120 mg price doxycycline monohydrate 100mg buy now analgin tablete za sta su clomid birth control online uk dostinex cabergoline online lipitor without prescription zyrtec 10mg directionszyvox strattera non prescription canadian post cycle therapy betapace generic for lo ovral 28 bystolic coupon how long does keppra take to work stilnox drug side effects oxytrol tablet viagra 25mg works buy fucidin in uk plendil medications can you get high off ciprofloxacin 500mg methotrexate medication side effects erythromycin 400 mg buy paxil cheapest isoniazid western australia clomid online buy list of aarp approved pharmacies plavix 75 mg price canada nolvadex d20 mg brand 5mg cialis arava prices at costco flonase new zealand pharmacy entocort ec samples buy lysiopril in mexico jaguar viagra decadron side effects diltiazem hydrochloride acnelyse gelsons miss me tablet use ezetimibe simvastatin buy my cialis online 40 viagra pills for 99 dollars levitra order paypal where purchase azulfidine biaxin xl side effects walgreens generic propecia pravachol 40mg price benefits of advair inhaler side effects buy xenical melbourne singulair for children with asthma bactrim and alcohol side effects flurazepam dosages pravachol 40mg medication relafen nabumetone medication information buy zofran 10 cystone online usa buy clomiphene in uk silagra 100 india cardinal health jobs fort mill sc doxycycline generic brands antibiotics for sale 24 hour delivery green line pharmacy buy arimidex online canada what is the antibiotic minocycline for list of tesco stores selling prednisone levitra orders germany do you need rx arava tamoxifen no script buy tramadol overnight cod how can i afford cialis ordering minocycline canada doxycycline order online glucotrol side effects viagra in canadgeneric lexapro 20mg used drugstore order clozaril cyproheptadine no rx next day buying authentic viagra vardenafil 20 mg from india verapamil for migraines mayo clinic otibact free shipping apo ti 4 is tizanidine 4mg zanaflex a muscle relaxer cialis mail order from canada cialis canada purchase antibiotics for bronchitis and ear infection pravastatin and grapefruitspraziquantel dexilant price walmart tegretol drug oversea lisinopril hctz side effects medication clomid 100 mg metformin no rx female viagra online lortab 5 wiki imitrex sumatriptan succinate nasal spray medicament prednisone 5 mg ephedraxin ingredients in cigarettes do you need rx viagra jelly buy tegretol no zyrtec for men in usa can mobic 15 mg get you high betneval lotion buy promethazine codine syrup uk diclofenac or sale generic viagra supplier omifin 50mg for men lexapro tem generico abilify lawsuit medsforless reviewmedsindia levitra 5 mg prospecto buy levothyroxine sodium online canada glipazide meaning of viagra canada cialis 40 mg lisinopril online amoxil bencard 500 mg xerograx pastillas mccoy retin-a 0,05 women buy order viagra online vouchers, viagra viagra best price online buying lisinopril canada cefixime generic cheap buy nolvadex philippines nootropil 1200mg tablets 1st rx orders for clomid nizagara ingredients in tylenol atacand drug canadian pharmacy buying viagra pens aldara cream side effects on skin nexium 20 mg einnahme midamor 10 mg cost purchase albendazole online no prescription where to purchase chat lagyl prometrium vaginally dosage cheap lantus pen arimidex steroid cycle lasix for sale dormidina side effects marcumar alternative minimum viagra super active plus reviews lamisil online australia pharmacy paroxetine generic for paroxetine 20mg buy online finpecia finasteride 1mg buy viagra online no prescription glyset reviews cheap glucophage buy buspar sleep disorder cialis 20mg.de buy stratteraonline myambutol manufacturer abbreviation acivir to buy in the usa without a prescription betnovate n cream on sale lasix injection online podofilox gel 0.5 cenveo st louis jobs alligator snapping turtle for sale online viagra online consultation what is paxil and prozac used for online black cialis eprostol misoprostol clindamycin phosphate lotion primox plus augmentin 375 mg alcohol antivert for vertigo elocon uk buy cheap erection pills liquid cialis 30mg misoprostol induction protocol over the counter medicine like flagyl perlutex veterinary technician acheter pas cher atarax flovent from usa clomiphene 50mg drug for men what is digoxin side effects nexium 20 mg australia cialis how to get myambutol medicine wheel sale acticin protonix generic release date ampicillin pharmacies canadian cheap malegra dxt online buy erexin-v mexican pharmacies voltaren gel 1 uses viagra generic manufacturer canadian online pharmacy for zestril generic priligy reviews xlpharmacy medications for ocd rxrelief pharmacy discount card order atarax uk sifrol pramipexole treatment for hemorrhoids buy nizoral patch silagra 100 sildenafil citrate cialis generic dangers zoloft 200 mg tablet spiriva inhaler discount coupons where can i buy valtrex without rx rogaine for women reviews cialis 5 mg online canada drug pharmicies original viagra for sale aceon billig kaufen buy tesco viagra tadalafil mastercard levitra price in india cialis preiswert kaufen canadian pharmacies that fill motilium euthyrox side effects medicine viagra on line best price reviews clomid birth control online uk buy alli australia walgreens coupons photo lexapro 10mg yahoo medicine like accutane pastillas cialis 20 mg how much is flagyl without insurance minomycin dosage calculations taking 2 20mg cialis comprar alli adelgazante online where to buy biaxin in canada safely levitra free trial coupon seroflo online usa no prescription metrotab chattanooga septra bactrim suspension viagra buy women low cost viagara order benadryl overnight levitra tablets 20mg yagara buy canada clomid 100 mg bodybuilding 05mg propecia buylowdrugs comcast cleocin gel overnight delivery comprar epivir-hbv portugal viagra orders canada cialis patent expiration date best acne medicine besides accutane fucidin hydrocortisone nexium oral 10 mg india sildenafil citrate how to order cozaar online viagra super active plus review sominex in the uk now ciallis for sale metformin 1000 mg her what does xeloda look like can we trust altace online does doxycycline work for acne acticin buy on line 20mg lexapro zoloft online india generic drugs buy voveran online no prescription us can you only get levitra super active on prescription where can i buy blopress indian pharmacy zyvox buy protonix online in usa metformin weight loss success stories hytrin best online non prescription pharmacy generic valtrex overnight delivery do i need a prescription for tetracycline keflex dosage for uti treatment buy doxycycline 100 online glucophage by mail amikacin side effects in cats buy buspar 30 mg zantac coupons samples calan online store lamisil side effects fungal infections is mail order brand advair diskus safe cialis plus puissant viagra augmentin 457 mg dawkowanie artane generic cheap costs cytotec buy philippines xenical tablets buy 1200 mg cytotec buying viagra lanzarote celebrex generic equivalent adderall canadian pharcharmy online laxifen tabletas anticonceptivas tramadol side effects medications dogs buy viagra discreetly clomid for sale online generic cialis true canadian pharmacy alavert how to use kamagra tablets zanaflex online meds