Category Archives: Local Wineries

Halloween at Michael Florentino Cellars!

Video of  the Halloween release party at Michael Florentino Cellars. They released a Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Frank and a Petite Verdot. With a special guest appearance of Gene Simmons and Father George, everyone had a “spooky” good time!

Halloween release party

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Green Lake Wines: Richard Kinssies 07 Tempranillo

The Parallel Winos Video blog of Richard Kinssies ’07 Tempranillo.

Sorry! The sound quality is not too good, it was quite crowded and well…. noisy!

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Green Lake Wines Bubbly Tasting: The last gathering of the year for the Underground Winos

Richard Kinssies presented sparkling wines from around the world; Here are some of the highlights of what we tasted:

Diana, Brian and Bernadette

Diana, Brian and Bernadette

Non Vintage Szigeti Brut Sparkling Gruner Veltliner (Austria) $18
Szigeti is the producer and Gruner Veltliner is the grape. Gruner is the most important white grape in Austria and it can make amazing wines both still (without bubbles)… and sparkling. This one is bright and fresh and though it is very dry it is loaded with fruit. The nose was fabulous as it reminded me of carmelisied popped corn! This was my personal favorite and was a big hit with the other “winos” as well!

The wine speaks to Diana!

The wine speaks to Diana!

Non Vintage Henri Abele Brut Champagne (FR) $29
This is real Champagne! Though it may not be the most famous Henri Abele is one of the oldest and most respected of the Champagne houses. The wine is dry with notes of yellow apple and biscuits.

Non Vintage Domaine Michel Juillot Blanc de Blanc Cremant de Borgogne $19
This is a sparkling wine from the Burgundy region of France. It is made almost entirely from chardonnay grapes and has the elegance and complexity that that grape imparts on sparkling wines. This wine could easily pass for Champagne.

Richard Kinssies '07 Tempranillo, Yakima Valley

Also, we purchased three bottles from their happy hour menu to try last night. The hands down favorite was none other than Richard Kinssies ’07 Yakima Valley Tempranillo $15. The nose had a lovely eucalyptus aroma and the palate was a sumptuous mix of berry flavored tobacco, menthol, cassis with an expansive, slightly tarry finish. This wine is both a great food and sipping wine! A great value!

Audra & Antoine give a toast to the New Years!

And of course, what “Winos” evening would be complete with out stopping at Wine World! I picked up a Muscat De Beaumes de Venise, Domaine De Coyeux, ’03, a dessert wine from the Rhone valley. There are two types of Muscat planted at Coyeux – grains blancs and grains noirs. The latter, being darker, have more aroma and flavor. In the words of the owner, the dark berries give body and the lighter ones give elegance. I haven’t cracked this open yet, so here are the winemaker’s notes: The powerful and expressive nose shows aromas of white flowers, peach and honey. On the palate the wine is round and sweet, but not cloying, with a lively acidity. The total effect is fresh and elegant with good length and lots of charm.

This is my last post of the year, but stay tuned for next year’s posts where I will have an up date on “My First Wine“, video from Green Lake Wines, updates on activities with Vintage 2010 @NW Wine Academy and much more!

Cheers!

http://www.greenlakewines.com

My First Wine: Pressing the Grapes!

After finding a homemade press on Craig’s list, Ella and I press off the fermented grape juice. The large carboy gets the Sangiovese from Brad of Gecko Cellars, plus most of the Cabernet Sauvignon I obtained from Rob of Finn Hill Winery.  The Petite Verdot goes into the 3 gallon carboy with the remaining Cab. Sauv. Dexter helps out as well! Now that I’ve finally added some ML bacteria that I got from Scott Greenberg of The Convergence Zone, it can now do its thing for a few weeks. Boy, does it take a “wine village”! I’ve ordered some more oak chips and few other wine additive “goodies” on-line. Can’t wait to see what I ordered! Will have to post some more lab numbers next time!

http://www.geckowinecompany.com

http://www.czcellars.com/CZ_Cellars/Welcome.html

http://finnhillwinery.com

Matthews Estate

Parallel Winos Video blog of Matthews Estate 09′ Sauvignon Blanc.

http://www.matthewsestate.com

Bartholomew Winery

After a 3 week dryspell from visiting any tasting rooms we (Jay and I) finally made it to Bartholomew Winery to visit their brand new tasting room, in what used to be the old “Rainier Brewery”.

First up was the 2008 Sauvignon Blanc: On the nose it had this nutty, caramel, and tropical fruitness to it with just a bit of grassiness. The palate was toasty, nutty with tropical notes again. I could of swore it was oaked but apparently it wasn’t, the fruit just came from a warmer climate. $14.

Next we tried the 2007 Orsa: %69 Syrah, %13 Grenach and 18% Mourvedre. It had aromas of dark berry, cassis, apple fruit roll ups and game! The flavors consisted of loads of berry flavor, especially blue berry.

Lastly we had the 2007 Reciprocity: %50 Cabernet, 50% Carmenere. On the nose I got espresso, dark berry, slate, plum and just a touch of wet wool. The flavors again had espresso and dark berries, deep toast and jalapeno. This was big and in your face and I would most definitely hang on to this beast for a few years!

This Fall, they will release two more blends, the 2007 Cuvee’ Rouge and the 2008 Cuvee’ Blanc, a blend of Viognier and Roussanne.

Their Tasting Room is open every Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 pm.  Located in the Old Rainier Brewery Building at 3100 Airport Way South, Seattle, WA 98134

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Patterson Cellars Video Tasting by the Parallel Winos Part 2

This is part 2 of our tasting at Patterson Cellars in the Warehouse district in Woodinville WA. We would like to thank Spehanie Cuffel and John Patterson for being fantastic hosts!
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby-garnet color. Lush black cherry and dark chocolate with subtle aromas of oak, black currants and leather. This well balanced 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is soft and smooth with a firm long finish.
  • Varietals: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 4% Syrah
  • Vineyards: Kiona Vineyard
  • Cooperage: New French Oak
  • Aged: 32 Months
2009 Patterson Cellars Late Harvest Roussanne
This dessert wine was made from Roussanne that was left to hang until mid November, this extended hang time allowed the fruit to dehydrate and concentrate the sugars. The fruit was whole cluster pressed, after pressing, the sugar was 38.5 Brix, the fermentation was carried out for four months in once used French oak barrels using Sauterne yeast. The fermentation was stopped when it was determined there was a proper balance of sugar and alcohol.

Enjoy the aromas of dried apricots, mango, and honeysuckle, followed by flavors of pear, nectarine, and honey, firm acidity with a long peach finish.

  • Varietals: 100% Roussanne
  • Vineyards: Willard Farms | Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
  • Cooperage: Barrel Fermented French Oak

Patterson Cellars Parallel Winos Video Tasting

This episode we visit John Patterson and Stephanie Cuffel and taste through some of their outstanding wines.

First we start off with their Due Anni a blend of two different years, ’07 and ’08.

  • Varietals:
    2007— 56% Merlot | Cabernet Franc
    2008 —44% Merlot | Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah
  • Cooperage:
    2007—45% New French Oak
  • 2008—40% New French Oak
  • Aged: 22 Months

Next we try their 06 Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Release: September 2009
  • Varietals: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 4% Syrah
  • Vineyards: Kiona Vineyard
  • Cooperage: New French Oak
  • Aged: 32 Months

And then finally we try their Late Harvest Roussanne.

This dessert wine was made from Roussanne that was left to hang until mid November, this extended hang time allowed the fruit to dehydrate and concentrate the sugars. The fruit was whole cluster pressed, after pressing, the sugar was 38.5 Brix, the fermentation was carried out for four months in once used French oak barrels using Sauterne yeast. The fermentation was stopped when it was determined there was a proper balance of sugar and alcohol.
11.5% alcohol, 9.2 g/L TA, 3.51 pH, Residual sugar 18%
With aromas of dried apricots, mango, and honeysuckle, followed by flavors of pear, nectarine, and honey, firm acidity with a long peach finish.
They are running out of this one so if you want it you better run on down to the Ware House District to get some!

  • Release: April 2010
  • Varietals: 100% Roussanne
  • Vineyards: Willard Farms | Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley
  • Cooperage: Barrel Fermented French Oak

Pattersoncellars.com

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Washington Wine Bloggers meet at the Purple Cafe

So sorry! Most of the footage is way too dark! Will have to work on that!

Tasted a lot of fantastic Washington state wines and had a great time meeting everyone!
http://purplecafe.com