Old School Wine From An Old School Winemaker

’17 Thurston Wolfe “Dr. Wolfes Red”
Horse Heaven Hills Vineyard – WA

Dr. Wade Wolfe, a geologist who started his legendary career as a winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle in 1978, is as much of a grower as a winemaker and still has his roots firmly planted in the vineyards.

Wade Wolfe ~ Thurston Wolfe, Yakima Valley

Founding his own winery nine years later in the valley, last year he and his wife Becky celebrated their 30-year anniversary as owners of Thurston Wolfe Winery. They are not the new kids on the block obviously, and frankly, have been one of the most consistent and reliable wines from Yakima for a very long time

I am sure Dr. Wolfe would appreciate it that I refer to him as old school, which also means that he still makes wine the old fashioned way, without any coloring components or modern additives that a lot of the hot new young winemakers secretly embrace to make their flashy wines taste more appealing.

That’s why I was so impressed with the Dr. Wolfe’s Family Red – I know it’s ONLY grapes, made in barrels, no tricks up the sleeve. And for a wine under $20 these days that is becoming harder and harder to find. His 2017 signature red blend is 62% Zinfandel, 29% Petite Sirah for depth, and a little splash of Lemberger which added light spicy hints and elevated the entirety of the blend.

The 2017 vintage could have not been any better, and this wine has a nice deep red color and dark fruit aromatics. It’s balanced and has notes of dried dark cherry and mocha and coffee bean

David

A Big Time Chardonnay For A Little Price!

2015 Coach House Chardonnay

I’m always on the look out for a good Chardonnay that is what Chardonnay lovers want – a good textured, creamy wine with a nice buttery soft texture without a ton of oak. And while you can find these for $35-50 pretty easily, it’s almost impossible to find a good one that’s under $20. Most in that price category are “unoaked” or lightly oaked – which is fine, but they tend to be light and crisp and lack that creamy texture people want.

I can’t tell you why we were able to get such a screaming deal on this delicious Chardonnay, but I can tell you it’s exactly what I was looking for. This wine from a tiny Washington producer is hand crafted and sourced from two vineyards in Yakima, then aged “sur lie” which means they leave the yeast sediment in the barrel while it’s aging to add layers of flavor.

And while 50% of this wine aged in new French Oak and the rest in previously used barrels, the wine gets its creaminess without being overly oaky at the same time.  Most wine at this price would be lucky if it was “oaked” with wood chips rather than new $1000 barrels.

Expect that buttery popcorn flavor with hints of pear and melon, and a subtle Meyer lemon finish with a good rich texture without going overboard. For this price I bought a case for myself at what was a one time winery direct deal!

https://madwine.com/chardonnay/93164-coach-house-cellars-chardonnay-2015.html

Napa Goes Big On Washington Cabernet

By Sommelier David LeClaire

2015 Canvasback Cabernet – Red Mt.
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast
92 Points – James Suckling
92 Points – Wine Advocate
93 Points – Wine & Spirits

In 2011 after conducting extensive blind tastings between Napa Valley and Washington Cabernet Sauvignons, Duckhorn Vineyards was so excited about the quality and character of the wines from Washington State, and in particular the exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons from Red Mountain, they decided to invest in Washington.

Working with legendary Washington vineyard manager Dick Boushey, they began cultivating relationships with the growers who farm some of the appellation’s most esteemed vineyards, as well as planting their own vineyards. This was one of the first ever serious investments in Washington from a well respected Napa winery. As with all Duckhorn wines, they needed to name the wine after a duck, so they came up with Canvasback, a duck native to the Pacific Flyway. 

This wine has received some pretty lofty scores, with 4 esteemed publications all giving it 90+ points, as it has notable presence and depth with a creamy fine-grained texture and gorgeous flavors of black plum, marionberry, with notes of nutmeg and hazelnut. Yet it’s the restranied nature of this wine that had the critics impressed, as it drinks more like a French Bordeaux than a big juicy Washington Cab.

The balance comes in part to it’s Bordeaux style makeup, with 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc with 20 months in barrel 98% French oak barrels. Duckhorn is going all in on Washington Cabernet. And if you want to see what Napa is up to in Washington, give this a try!

Mill Creek Fall Beer & Wine Walk Sept 29

Mill Creek Fall Beer & Wine Walk
Sat. Sept. 29th 2018

Mill Creek Town Center
15310 Main Street
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tickets $25.00 Advance / $35.00 Door

Join us as we celebrate fall for a Beer & Wine Walk in the Mill Creek Town Center.  Come enjoy tastings from local  breweries and wineries while you enjoy strolling down Main Street from 5-8pm on Sept. 29th. Check in outside Boston’s Restaurant. Wine Tasting! Beer Tasting! Fun!

To Secure a ticket now, CLICK HERE!

Featuring:

Abbe Vineyard Winery
At Large Brewing
Decibel Brewing
Drum Roll Wine
Illuminati Brewing
Long Road Winery
Market Vineyards
Martedi Winery
Masquerade Winery
Michael Florentino
Patterson Cellars
Pear Up
Scarlet Oak Barrels
The Woodhouse Wine Estates
Red Earth Wines – Trevelen Farm
Watts Brewing Co

More TBA soon!

Event is a collaboration between Seattle Uncorked and Mill Creek Town Center Merchant Association.

West Seattle Late Summer Wine Walk

West Seattle Late Summer Wine Walk
Friday, Sept. 28th, 2018
5pm – 9pm
Limited tickets $25 advance or $30 day of the event
CLICK HERE for tickets!

The West Seattle Wine Walk celebrates wine with this vibrant and fun event. Located in the heart of the West Seattle Junction, the Wine Walk provides you with the opportunity to meet the boutique wineries around the Pacific Northwest.

Housed in some of West Seattle’s favorite merchants, you’ll enjoy wine tasting with 15 different wineries, each showcasing a unique variety of wines.

Bottles of wine and additional individual wine tasting tickets will available to ticket holders.

Complete with a West Seattle Junction Wine Walk glass.

The night of the event, please go to our check-in host at Capers located at 4525 California Ave SW in the heart of the Junction.

Wineries

Aluel Cellars
Drum Roll Wine
Long Road Cellars
Michael Florentino Cellars
Nine Hats Wines
Scarlet Oak Barrels
The Woodhouse Wine Estates

Retail Shops

Bakery Nouveau
Capers
Carmilias
Click!
Fleurt
Funky Janes
Jan’s Beauty Supply
John L. Scott
Menashe Jewelers
Next to Nature,
Verity
Virago
West Seattle Verizon
Wild Roses
Windermere

New! Add a 6 bottle Wine Walk bottle tote for $5.00
Tickets on sale now: http://wsjunction.org/blog/latesummerwinewalk/

A Collaboration between Seattle Uncorked & The West Seattle Junction

Marysville Brew & Cider Fest Sat. Sept. 8

Sat. Sept. 8, 2018
Marysville Brew & Cider Fest
Marysville Opera House
1225 3rd Street
Marysville, WA
4-8 pm
$25 pre-purchased tickets online until August 1st at 12pm.
$30 General Admission/ $35 Door
Tickets CLICK HERE!

Check out the fun local craft breweries and cider house vendors at the historic Marysville Opera House!
Each guest receives a souvenir tasting glass and 6 drink tickets!
Live Music with the The Margaret Wilder Band!

Featuring:
#6 Cider
Elemental Hard Cider
Pear UP
Schilling Cider
Old Man Brewing
Skagit River Brewery
SnoTown Brewery
Whitewall Brewing Co.
More TBA soon!!

Event is a collaboration between The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber & Seattle Uncorked.

Belltown Crush Block Party~Aug 25th

5th Annual Belltown Crush Block Party
Summer Wine & Beer Festival
Sat. Aug. 25th 2018 ~ 3 – 7 pm
Bell Street Park – Seattle, WA
(Limited number of early entry tickets available for $35 at 2 pm!)

Join in the fun with wineries, breweries, live music, street food, and grape stomping at this 5th Annual Block Party in Bell Street Park! Live music provided by The Seattle Women’s Steel Pan Project, Nolan Garrett, Marina Christopher and The Mighty Tinys! And a grape stomping competition! 10 Breweries, 10 Wineries, 4 Cideries!

Noshes available from Belltown Brewing (TriTip Sandwiches), Mama’s Cantina (Slow Roasted Pork Carnitas Tacos), Road Dawg (Seattle Dogs) & Pinxto’s will do Paella! Tickets are $25 advance with net proceeds benefiting Plymouth Housing Group. GoVino glasses compliments of Downtown Spirits!

CLICK HERE to buy tickets!

The perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon, celebrate the Belltown community, and support a great cause.

The Belltown Crush Block Party is a collaboration between the Belltown Business Association, Seattle Uncorked, Project Belltown, and Plymouth Housing Group. Sponsored by Sound Community Bank, MID, Biscuit Bitch, Downtown Spirits, Lease Crutcher Lewis, AvalonBay Communities!

Old Bellevue Summer Wine Walk Aug. 19

Old Bellevue Summer Wine Walk
Sunday, August 19, 2018
2:00-5:00 pm
Advance Tickets $30/Day Of $35

SWIRL! SIP! STROLL! Grab some friends and go on a wine tasting adventure of local wineries at downtown Bellevue merchants on Old Main. Meet the winemakers from 15 local wineries and sip, shop, & stroll down Old Main – the hidden gem of the Eastside that’s lively, intimate and friendly!

Host Merchants & Featured Wineries:

Brazen Group Properties / 520 Bar & Grill
Fran’s Chocolates
glassybaby
hedge & vine
Jarbo
Jujubeet
LA REE Boutique
Lorali’s Optical
Smith & Main
Soaring Heart Natural Beds
Swiftwater Cellars Bellevue
Veritables
Weldon Barber – Bellevue & J.Hilburn
West Elm
Whisk

Get 12 tasting tickets to try the wines of your choice while you mix and mingle with the winemakers at 15 merchants on Old Main! Complimentary Souvenir GoVino wine glass included courtesy of the Brazen Group Properties! The 1st 150 tickets get a free tote bag from AMLI at Bellevue Park

Event is a collaboration between the Old Main Street Merchants Association and Seattle Uncorked !

Ambassador Wines of WA
Armstrong Family Winery
Coral Wines
Ducleaux Cellars
Genoa Cellars
Gunpowder Creek
Isenhower Cellars
Love That Red Winery
Red Earth Wines
Scarlet Oak Barrels
The Woodhouse Wine Estates
Virtue Cellars

Edmonds Summer Wine Walk Aug. 4th

Edmonds Summer Wine Walk
Downtown Edmonds
Aug. 4th, 2018
5-8 pm

Discounted advanced purchase tickets are $25;
$30 the week of the event.

Get your tickets now – this event always sells out!! Meet and taste with some fun local wineries while strolling thru Edmond’s historic downtown.

Your favorite shops in downtown Edmonds will be featuring wine tastings from select Washington boutique wineries. Meet the local winemakers who will be pouring tastes of their hand-crafted wines in various shops so you can enjoy sipping, shopping and socializing on a gorgeous summer evening.

Purchase bottles of wines from the featured wineries directly at the Sip Stops, or at the Pop-up Wine Shop the evening of the event. Grab your friends and head to downtown Edmonds for a relaxed summer evening Wine Walk!

CLICK HERE for tickets and more info!

Edmonds July Event
Alexandria Nicole Cellars at Windermere Edmonds WA,
Nine Hats Wines at Coldwell Banker Bain of Edmonds,
Abbe Vineyard and Winery and Red Earth Wines at Cole Gallery,
Lodmell Cellars at Ombu Salon + Spa,
Ducleaux Cellars at Rogue,
Aluel Cellars at C’est la Vie,
Long Road Winery at J. Rankin Jewellers,
Isenhower Cellars at Anchor Chic Consignment,
Drum Roll Wine at Edmonds Bookshop,
Robert Ramsay Cellars at Cline Jewelers,
Marcus Sophia Winery at Edmonds Vision Center,
Convergence Zone Cellars at Edmonds Historical Museum,
Love That Red Winery at Pelindaba Lavender,
Michael Florentino Cellars at Aria Studio Gallery,

This event is a collaboration between Seattle Uncorked and Art Walk Edmonds, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Arts in Edmonds.

Edmonds Summer Wine Walk July 7

Edmonds Summer Wine Walk July 7th
Downtown Edmonds
July 7, 2018
5-8 pm

Discounted advanced purchase tickets are $25;
$30 the week of the event.

Get your tickets now – this event always sells out!! Meet and taste with some fun local wineries while strolling thru Edmond’s historic downtown.

Your favorite shops in downtown Edmonds will be featuring wine tastings from select Washington boutique wineries. Meet the local winemakers who will be pouring tastes of their hand-crafted wines in various shops so you can enjoy sipping, shopping and socializing on a gorgeous summer evening.

Purchase bottles of wines from the featured wineries directly at the Sip Stops, or at the Pop-up Wine Shop the evening of the event. Grab your friends and head to downtown Edmonds for a relaxed summer evening Wine Walk!

CLICK HERE for tickets and more info!

This event is a collaboration between Seattle Uncorked and Art Walk Edmonds, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Arts in Edmonds.