Monthly Archives: August 2009

Wetter than Wild – Auction of Washington Wines is Kicked Off

Last night was an evening of wine-o festivities and new-found friends. I met Eric Hwang, a social media guy and a Murphy-Goode top-10er, who accompanied me to a fun, private tasting with John Bigelow, owner and winemaker of JM Cellars , and asst. winemaker, Tim. Beautiful grounds coupled with beautiful wines. (More to follow in the next post.)

Then on to the Chateau Ste. Michelle – for the annual Picnic, that kicks off the Auction of Washington Wines extravaganza. It was high on the wet factor and more mild then wild – lots of fun and great to see everyone. I pursued my hunt for new wines to taste and praise and here are a few I found and enjoyed:

Red Sky, 2005 Sunrise Blend – it’s the breakfast wine, I’m told.

• Ruckus, 2007 Cab Sauv/Merlot Blend – It’s the second label for Corvus Cellars, and admittedly, I’m not familiar with its first. The blend was true to its fruit, not too much of a ruckus causer — nothing offensive, nothing remarkable.

Chateau Rollat poured a 2008 Cab Franc, which I was assured, is not representative of their best. If it’s not, I’m eager to try what is!!

Falling Rain Cellars, 2006 Mischief – Nothing small about this wine, coming in at a hefty 15.3%. That’s right. If you’re going for a second glass, drop your keys in the basket. Maybe you’re at a swinger’s party, but more likely, you’re going home in a cab. Wowza!

Blowing French Kisses

Seething with rich creaminess and soft, vanilla velvet, Cashmere, Horse Heaven Hills, 2007 Chardonnay is like running your tongue over smooth, fitted cashmere. It blows voluptuous, French kisses in bursts of butter and caramel with a long lime finish that spills full of citrus sparks. A cultural cocktail wearing big-girl panties, this pretty young thang walks in in the shortest skirt, seizes life by the balls and kicks California bottom.

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Grandmas’s Dirty Secret

What’s it like to be the bell of the ball? Showered in sunshine? Loved by the masses? Despite what people tell you, I don’t have a clue. But, I’m certain, this wine does. Everyone loves the 2007 St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Spatlese. And, truly, what’s not to love? It opens with a spray of all things yellow – pineapple, grapefruit and lemony lime. It’s crisp and light and as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. Dependable and pleasing, this wine is the kind that’s happy to take grandma to the beauty parlor, to play Bridge or anywhere else grandma wants to go. On this day, grandma reveals a dirty little secret… “I don’t want to play cards with those biddies. It’s much more fun to go to Walgreens and steal things. ” And because this wine is just that kind, off they go on a drugstore shoplifting extravaganza.

Photo: St Urbans-Hof