Tasting Notes

Someone has to taste many of the great wines made throughout the world and it might as well be me! This section contains comments about the wines I have tasted, with and without food. It will also contain winemaker's comments and recommendations about their wines.

I hope you enjoy the wines as much as I do.
 

Below are my 4 categories of wines and below each one of them are the wines I have reviewed and/or Winemakers Notes in alphabetical order by Winery. 
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Red Wines White Wines Sparkling Wines Other Wines
 

14 Hands Winery, Hot to trot red Blend, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $10; 14 Hands Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Haven Hills, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $30; 14 Hands Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; 14 Hands Winery, Merlot Columbia Valley, 2012(Patterson, WA.) $12

Antano , Varietal, 2009 (Spain) $18. Blend: 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazeulo, 5% Garnacha.

Argento, Argento Reserva Malbec Ficha Tenica, 2011 (Mendoza, Argentina) $17;  Argento, Malbec Ficha Tenica, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $13.

Bodegas Salentein, Reserve Malbec, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $19; Bodegas Salentein, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $19; Bodegas Salentein, Numina Gran Corte, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $41; Bodegas Salentein, Killka, Malbec, 2013 (Mendoza, Argentina) $15;  Bodegas Salentein ,Portillo, Malbec, 2013 (Mendoza, Argentina) $10.

Carmen, S. America, Carmene’re, 2011 (Apalta, S. America) $16;

Chateau Ste Michelle, Syrah, Columbia Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $15; Chateau Ste Michelle, Meritage, 2011 (Woodinville, WA.) $55; Chateau Ste Michelle, Merlot, Canoe Ridge Horse Haven Hills, 2012 (Woodinville, WA.) $28; Chateau Ste Michelle, Merlot, Columbia Valley, Indian Wells, 2012 (Woodinville, WA.) $17;

Chateau Ste Michelle, Merlot, Col. Valley, 2012 (Woodinville, WA.) $15; Chateau Ste Michelle, Cab. Sauvignon, Col Val., 2012 (Woodinville, WA.) $15

Columbia Crest, Horse Haven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $15.Columbia Crest, Merlot, Grand Estates, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12

Columbia Crest, Limited Release Gold Red Wine, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Columbia Crest, Grand Estates Cabernet Sauv, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Columbia Crest, Grand Estates Red Blend, 2011 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Columbia Crest, Grand Estates Syrah, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12.

 Paul Dolan Vineyards, Pinot Noir, 2012 (Ukiah, CA.) $30; Paul Dolan Vineyards, Zinfandel, 2012 (Ukiah, CA.) $$25

Dry Creek Vineyard, Heritage Vines Zinfandel-Sonoma $20, 2013 (Healdsburg, CA.) $20 (02/15)

Dry Creek Vineyards, The Mariner, 2010 (Healdsburg CA.) Dry Creek Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 (Healdsburg CA.) $25.

Dry Creek Vineyard, Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 2012 (Healdsburg, CA.) $20; Dry Creek Vineyard, Old Vine Zinfandel, 2012 (Healdsburg, CA.) $30

Dry Creek Vineyards, The Mariner, 2011 (Healdsburg, CA. $45; Dry Creek Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (Healdsburg, CA) $25

Dona Paula Estate, Black Edition Red Blend, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $?

Frisson, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (Napa, CA.) $60 (1/15)

Genoa Cellars, Super Tuscan-Style Blend, “The Boom”, 2009 (Woodinville, WA.) $29; Genoa Cellars, Super Tuscan-Style Blend, Flying Colors, 2011 (Woodinville, WA.) $29; Genoa Cellars, Super Tuscan-Style Blend, Crosswind, 2011 (Woodinville, WA.) $37

J Vineyards & Winery, Misterra Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, 2012 (Healdsburg, CA.) $50.

Meoimi Wines, Pinot Noir, 2013 (St. Helena, CA.) $22; Elouan , Oregon Pinot Noir, 2013 (St. Helena, CA.) $25

Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, Cabernet Saovignon, 2012 (Oakville, CA.) $28; Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, Pinot Noir, 2013 (Oakville, CA.) $26.

Seven Falls Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $15; Seven Falls Cellars, Merlot, 2011 (Patterson, WA.) $15.

Shannon Ridge, Playtime, 2012(Clear Lake Oaks, CA.) $13; Shannon Ridge, Dalliance, 2011 (Clear Lake Oaks, CA.) $20.

Snoqualmie Vineyards, Cab Sauvignon (Organic), 2011 (Prosser, WA.) $13Snoqualmie Vineyards, Whistle Stop Red Blend, 2010 (Prosser, WA) $10.

Souverain Winery, Merlot, 2011  (Napa, CA.) $15. Blend: 86% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Frank, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon;  Souverain Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011  (Napa, CA.) $15

Trader Joe’s Reserve, Paso Robles Syrah $10, 2012 (Paso Robles, CA) $10; VINTJS Mendocino, Heritage Varietal Blend Zinfandel, 2012 (Mendocino, CA.) $9

Trinchero Family Estates, Ménage a’ Trois, Red Wine, 2012 (St. Helena, CA.) $SRP; Trinchero Family Estates, Ménage a’ Trois, Midnight Dark Red Blend, 2012 (St. Helena, CA.) $SRP

Vina Arnaiz, Varietal, NV (Spain) $18. Blend: 95% Tempranillo, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon;

Walla Walla Vintners, Sangiovese, 2012 (Walla Walla, WA.) $27.77 (1/15)

Woodward Canyon, Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (Lowden, WA.) $44.

Woodward Canyon, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (Lowden, WA.) $49

Woodward Canyon, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (Lowden, WA.) $49.

14 Hands Winery, Chardonnay, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; 14 Hands Winery, Riesling WA. State, 2013 (Patterson, WA.) $10; 14 Hands Winery, Pinot Gris, WA. State, 2013 (Patterson, WA.) $10

Bodegas Salentein, Reserve Chardonnay, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $19

Chateau Ste Michelle, Chardonnay, Cold Creek, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $25; Chateau Ste Michelle, Gewurztraminer, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $10; Chateau Ste Michelle, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley; 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $11; Chateau Ste Michelle, Eroica Riesling, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $20;

Chateau Ste Michelle, Pinot Gris, Col Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $15; Chateau Ste Michelle, Sauvignon Blanc, Col. Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $11; Chateau Ste Michelle, Mid Summer White, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $?; Chateau Ste Michelle, Cold Fiddle White Blend, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $? Chateau Ste Michelle, Riesling, Col. Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $9; Chateau Ste Michelle, Sauvignon Blanc Horse Haven Hills, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $18; Chateau Ste Michelle, Dry Riesling, Col. Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $10; Chateau Ste Michelle, Riesling, Cold Creek Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $20;

Columbia Crest, Grand Estates Pinot Gris, 2013 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Columbia Crest, Grand Estates Chardonnay, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12

Columbia Crest, Pinot Gris, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Columbia Crest, Horse Haven Hills Chardonay, 2011 (Patterson, WA.) $12;

Dry Creek Vineyards, Dry Chenin Blanc, 2013 (Healdsburg, CA.) $12; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas: white peach, melon; Dry Creek Vineyards, Fume’ Blanc, 2013 (Healdsburg, CA.) $14; Dry Creek Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 (Healdsburg, CA.) $18;

Frisson Winery, Russian River Valley, Chardonnay, 2012 (Napa, CA.) $48

Furmint, Mevde Sauska, 2012 (Tokaj, Hungary, Medve Vineyard) $65

Meoimi Wines, Chardonnay, 2013 (St. Helena, CA.) $22;

Paul Dolan Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 (Ukiah, CA.) $18;

Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, Fume’ Blanc, 2013 (Oakville, CA.) $20;

Robert Mondavi Winery, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2012 (Oakville, CA.) $19.

Seven Falls Cellars, Chardonnay, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $15;

Snoqualmie Vineyards, Gewurztraminer (Organic), 2012 (Prosser, WA) $12;  (Alc. by Volume: 11.4%); Snoqualmie Vineyards, Chardonnay, Col. Valley, 2012 (Prosser, WA) $13; (Alc. by Volume: 13%); Snoqualmie Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 (Prosser, WA) $8; (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%);

Souverain Winery, Sauvignon Blanc North Coast, 2012 (Napa, CA.) $13; Souverain Winery, Chardonnay, 2011 (Napa, CA.) $13.

Woodward Canyon, Chardonnay, WA. State, 2013 (Lowden, WA.) $44;

Opera Prima, Brut Sparkling, NV (Spain) $8; Opera Prima, Sparkling Moscato, NV (Daimiel, Spain) $8; Opera Prima, Pink Moscato, NV (Spain) $8;Jaume Serra, Cristalino Rose’ Brut Cava, NV (Spain) $12; Jaume Serra, Cristalino  Brut Cava, NV (Spain) $12; Vina Arnaiz, Sparkling Wine; NV (Spain) $18; Antano, Sparkling Wine, 2009 (Spain) $18;

Ca’ Moma, Ca’ Rosa Sparkling Rose’, NV (Napa, CA.) $19.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley 2009 Luxe 750 mL *    $23.00;

Domaine Ste Michelle, Sparkling Wine, Extra Dry, NV (Washington) $9.

J Vineyards, J Cuvee’ 20 Brut, Russian River Valley, NV (Healdsburg, CA,) $28; J Vineyards, J Brut Rose’, Russian, NV (Healdsburg, CA,) $38.

J Vineyards & Winery, J Vintage Brut, Russian Riv. Valley, 2005 (Healdsburg, CA.) $48; J Vineyards & Winery, J Late Disgorged Vintage Brut, 2003 (Healdsburg, CA.) $90.

J Vineyards and Winery, Brut Rose’ Sparkling Wine, NV (Healdsburg, CA.) $28; J Vineyards and Winery, 25th Anniversary J Cuvee’ 20, Brut Sparkling Wine, NV (Healdsburg, CA.) $24.

French Languedoc Sparkling Wine: Antech, “Brut Nature” Blanquette de Limoux, NV (Languedoc, France) $13

Paringa 2009 "Individual Vineyard" South Australia Sparkling Shiraz ($12)

Trinchero Family Estates, Ménage a’ Trois, Prosecco, NV (Italy/St. Helena, CA.) $SRP?

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Brut Sparkling Wine, NV (Acampo, CA.) $10; Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Extra Dry Sparkling Wine, NV (Acampo, CA.) $10.

14 Hands Winery, Moscato Col. Valley, 2013 (Patterson, WA.) $10

Biltmore Reserve, Blanc de Blanc Brut, NV (NC) $25.

Chateau Ste Michelle, Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $10

Cockburn’s Special Reserve Ruby Port, NV (Portugal) $20

Dow’s, Vale do Bomfim DOC, 2006 (Portugal) $12.

Dow’s, Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2004 (Portugal) $20.

Graham’s, Six Grapes Reserve Port (375ml), NV (Gaia, Portugal) $11.

Graham’s - Six Grapes Reserve Port $22.

Graham’s, 20 Year Tawny Port, NV (Portugal) $29

Okanogan Estate and Vineyards, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 (Oroville, WA.) $15; Okanogan Estate and Vineyards, Riesling Ice Wine, 2009 (Oroville, WA.) $26.

Warre’s Otima 10 Year Old Tawny Port, NV (Douro Valley, Portugal)

Warre’s Otima 20 Year Old Tawny Port, NV (Douro Valley, Portugal)

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Red Wines

RW1

Dry Creek Vineyards, The Mariner, 2010 (Healdsburg CA.) $45. Blend: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: bright red fruits and dried floral, then dark cherry, cassis, toasty oak, and hints of espresso; flavors: blackberry and black tea with fine toasty complexity; palate: harmonious and supple, smooth, round tannins lending excellent structure to the wine; full body; long, lingering finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

Dry Creek Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 (Healdsburg CA.) $25. Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: raspberry, sage and dries flowers; flavors: black cherry, plum and cocoa; well-palate with superior tannins; full body; lingering finish with fine tannins that are elegant and structured. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

RW2

J Vineyards & Winery, Misterra Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, 2012 (Healdsburg, CA.) $50.Blend: Pinot Noir 90%, Pinotage 6%, Pinot Meunier 4%; Style: Dry red Blend; deep, dark red color; aromas: floral and dried fruit; flavors: sturdy, rustic, earthy blueberry; palate: sturdy, rustic, earthy; full body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: grilled veggies, Portobello mushrooms, slow-cooked pot roast, “complete with mirepoix and au jus”. (Alc. by Volume: 14.3%)

RW3

Dona Paula Estate, Black Edition Red Blend, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $? Blend: ; Style: ; Intense purplish red color; Sweet, spicy and intense aromas, with notes of red fruits and herbs (such as Herbes de Provence); palate: soft, velvety, fresh, and well balanced; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

RW4

Argento, Argento Reserva Malbec Ficha Tenica, 2011 (Mendoza, Argentina) $17. Style: dry red; deep purple color; delicate aromas of violet, ripe plum and blackberry; concentrated black fruit flavors intertwine with subtle notes of white pepper and cardamom; palate: structured tannins and a soft touch of vanilla and mocha lead to a long and velvety finish; medium body. (Alc. by Volume: 13.9%)

Argento, Malbec Ficha Tenica, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $13. Style: dry red; deep purple with layers of blue colors; aromas: red cherry, ripe plum, blackberry and truffle; juicy flavors of plum jam and sweet cherry with a touch of chocolate and cinnamon; medium  body; long, lingering  finish with velvety tannins. (Alc. by Volume: 13.9%)

RW5

Souverain Winery, Merlot, 2011  (Napa, CA.) $15. Blend: 86% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Frank, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec, 2% Petite Sirah; Style: dry red; dark red color; bright and vivid aromas of boysenberry, roasted coffee, vanilla and baking spices; flavors: black cherry and plum; palate: juicy and rich with smooth, rounded tannins; full body; long, flavorful finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.8%)

Souverain Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011  (Napa, CA.) $15.Blend: 81%RW4 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Syrah; Style: dry red; deep ruby purple color; bright and vivid aromas of roasted vanilla, mocha and baking spices; elegant layers of blackberry and cherry flavors: the palate is framed by thick, mouth-coating tannins; full body; fully balanced fruit, tannins and acidity lead to a juicy and lengthy finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.6%)

RW6

Frisson, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (Napa, CA.) $60 (1/15); Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: coffee, black currant and blueberry, with hints of vanilla; flavors: espresso chocolate, dark berry fruits and rich brown spice; full body; balanced with a dense yet supple tannin  finish. Food Pairing: . (Alc. by Volume: 14.1%)

RW7

 

RW8

Vina Arnaiz, Varietal, NV (Spain) $18. Blend: 95% Tempranillo, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: blackberry, cherry and smoke; flavors: rich and luscious with currants and red fruit; palate: complex, yet perfectly balanced and excellent; full body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: roasted meats. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%) 

Antano , Varietal, 2009 (Spain) $18. Blend: 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazeulo, 5% Garnacha; Style: dry red; deep purple red color; aromas and flavors: complex with notes of mature fruits and blending of vanilla, spices and leather; palate: fleshy with full, rounded tannins; full body; powerful with very long finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

RW9

Woodward Canyon, Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (Lowden, WA.) $44. Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petite Verdot, 5% Syrah; Style: dry red; dark purple color; aromas: earth, spice, black fruits, leather and mocha; flavors: black fruits and cassis, exotic spice of new oak; palate: soft texture with beautifully integrated tannins; full body; rich, lingering finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

RW10

Columbia Crest, Horse Haven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $15.Blend: 94% Cabernet, 4% Merlot, 2% Syrah; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: black cherries and blackberries with a touch of currants and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes; full body; Deep berry flavors lead to a soft tannin cocoa finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14%);

Columbia Crest, Merlot, Grand Estates, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Blend: 96% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon; Style: dry red; dark red color; rich aromas of dark cherries and chocolate; Complex flavors of fruit, mocha and caramel; medium  body; smooth, velvety finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

RW11

Snoqualmie Vineyards, Cab Sauvignon (Organic), 2011 (Prosser, WA.) $13. The 2011 ECO Cab displays aromas of currant and ripe red cherries with spicy tones and ample juicy structure on the palate. (Alc. by Volume: 14%)

Snoqualmie Vineyards, Whistle Stop Red Blend, 2010 (Prosser, WA) $10; “Fresh aromas of cherries and red currant show on the nose with hints of sage. Sweet fruit flavors are matched on the palate with soft luscious tannin.” 70% Cab, 30% Merlot  (Alc. by Volume: 13.9%)

RW12

Genoa Cellars, Super Tuscan-Style Blend, “The Boom”, 2009 (Woodinville, WA.) $29. Blend: 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 40% Sangiovese; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: a hearty wine presenting black cherries and white pepper; palate: rich mouthfeel; full body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: steak and lamb, heavier pasta dishes and rich cheese. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

 Genoa Cellars, Super Tuscan-Style Blend, Flying Colors, 2011 (Woodinville, WA.) $29.Blend: 36% Syrah, 45% Sangiovese, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon; Style: dry red; deep red color; aromas: soft oak followed by young and pleasant red fruits highlighting strawberry and cherry; flavors: warm cherry pie, red fruits, and a hint of cassis, with a finish of black pepper and a light woodsy aftertaste; full body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: ribs and tangy barbeque sauce. (Alc. by Volume: 14.1%). 

Genoa Cellars, Super Tuscan-Style Blend, Crosswind, 2011 (Woodinville, WA.) $37. Blend: 60% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Petite Verdot; Style: dry red; deep red color; aromas: ; flavors: ; palate: strong, full mouthful with bold tannins; full body; silky finish. Food Pairing: . (Alc. by Volume: 14%)

RW13

Woodward Canyon, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (Lowden, WA.) $49; Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 9% Syrah and 5% petit Verdot; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: tobacco, black olive, sweet oak notes with restrained tart black cherry fruit; flavors: crisp black fruits, dark cocoa/mocha; palate: great proportion and structure; full body; exotic and intriguing finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.4%)

RW14

Bodegas Salentein, Reserve Malbec, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $19; Style: dry red; intense purplish red color; intense and complex aromas of red fruits, black berries and floral notes; flavors: fruity and fresh; palate: sweet and mild with good intensity; medium body; lingering finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14%)

Bodegas Salentein, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $19.Style: dry red; intense ruby red color; aromas: hints of black pepper, red pepper and vanilla; palate: fleshy with fine tannins and elegant structure; full body; long, lingering finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14%)

Bodegas Salentein, Numina Gran Corte, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $41; Blend: 62% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot; Style: dry red; purple red color; aromas and flavors: red fruit like mulberry, blueberries, blackberries, black currant and cassis; palate: ;  body;  finish. Food Pairing: . (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Bodegas Salentein, Killka, Malbec, 2013 (Mendoza, Argentina) $15; Style: dry red; purplish red color; aromas and flavors: fresh plums and blackberries; palate: gentle and mild; medium body; lingering vanilla finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14%)

Bodegas Salentein ,Portillo, Malbec, 2013 (Mendoza, Argentina) $10; Style: dry red; bright and intense purplish red color; aromas: fruity with fresh red fruit like plum and blackberry; palate: fruity and fresh with natural acidity; medium body; sweet balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14%)

RW15

Shannon Ridge, Playtime, 2012(Clear Lake Oaks, CA.) $13; Blend: 61% Zinfandel, 20% Grenache, 11% Petite Verdot, 8% Barbera; Style: dry red; deep garnet and ruby jewel tones color; aromas: fresh dark cherries, raspberry and strawberry, hints of sweet oak and vanilla, black pepper and dark spices; flavors: soft, silky entry with sweet red fruits, spice and mineral notes; palate: good mouth feel; medium body; long ripe fruit finish. Food Pairing: baby back ribs with creamy coleslaw and baked beans, or would be great on a date night with pizza and a movie. (Alc. by Volume: 14.2%)

Shannon Ridge, Dalliance, 2011 (Clear Lake Oaks, CA.) $20; Blend: 41% Zinfandel, 24% Syrah, 12% Barbara, 11% Tempranillo, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Grenache; Style: dry red; deep garnet, purple color; aromas: ripe cherry, blackberry, rich vanilla; flavors: blackberry, cinnamon spice, vanilla; palate: rich, elegant, soft tannins, nice balance; medium body; lush finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

RW16

14 Hands Winery, Hot to trot red Blend, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $10; Blend: Predominantly Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon with other select red varieties; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: This polished red wine offers aromas of cherry, red currant and tea.; flavors: ripe berries and dark stone fruits, supported by a frame of refined tannins, give way to subtle notes of baking spice; medium body; persistent finish;  (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

14 Hands Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Haven Hills, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $30; Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc; Style: dry red; deep, dark red color;  aromas: black currants, cherries and sage; concentrated red fruit flavors are bolstered by subtle nuances of cocoa; polished tannins coat the palate; full body; long and enduring finish. Food Pairing: slow smoked brisket, grilled rib eye steak, sun dried mushroom tart. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

14 Hands Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other red varieties; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: blueberries and black currants with subtle hints of dried herbs and spice; flavors: Dark stone fruit flavors are complemented by a touch of cocoa; palate: fine, velvety tannins; full body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: tomato-basil bruschetta, eggplant parmesan, herb crusted prime rib, grilled beef steak hearty venison stew. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

14 Hands Winery, Merlot Columbia Valley, 2012(Patterson, WA.) $12; Blend: 92% Merlot and 8% other select red varieties; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: dark stone fruits and cherries with hints of herbs; flavors: plums, black cherries, blackberries and spice; palate: soft polished tannins; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: BBQ ribs, grilled tri-tip, burgers, pasta marinara. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

RW17

Dry Creek Vineyard, Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 2012 (Healdsburg, CA.) $20. Blend: 85% Zinfandel and 15% Petite Sirah; Style: dry red; deep, dark red color; aromas and flavors: layers of blueberry, all spice, red currants and blackberries; palate: amazing depth and structure, very appealing; full body; lingering finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

Dry Creek Vineyard, Old Vine Zinfandel, 2012 (Healdsburg, CA.) $30; Blend: 77% Zinfandel, 23% Petite Sirah; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: dense and dark with ripe boysenberry fruit and Zin’s intrinsic briary spiciness; succulent flavors of blackberry, blueberry and raspberry with a complex spicy undertone; palate: seamless and complex; full body; vibrant acidity and balanced tannins leading to a long, vibrant finish finish. (Alc. by Volume: 1.5%)

RW18

Chateau Ste Michelle, Merlot, Col. Valley, 2012 (Woodinville, WA.) $15; Blend: 92% Merlot, 3% Syrah, 5% Various Red Blenders; Style: dry red blend; dark red color; aromas: black cherry, leather and spice; rich, dark, red fruit flavors; medium body; long, sweet, smooth finish. Food Pairing: beef, lamb, grilled salmon. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Cab. Sauvignon, Col Val., 2012 (Woodinville, WA.) $15; Blend: 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 2% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Mourvedre; Style: dry red; dark red color; palate: plenty of complexity and structure with silky tannins; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: beef tenderloin and pasta. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

RW19

Trader Joe’s Reserve, Paso Robles Syrah $10, 2012 (Paso Robles, CA) $10; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: juicy plum and black cherry with hints of mocha and bacon; full body; long, smooth finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

VINTJS Mendocino, Heritage Varietal Blend Zinfandel, 2012 (Mendocino, CA.) $9; Blend: 50% Zinfandel, ?%Syrah, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot, Mourvedre; dark red color; aromas and flavors: bold and fruity; full body; well-rounded, rich cherry and plum finish with hints of spice. Food pairings: burgers, steaks, pasta and strong cheeses. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

RW20

Dry Creek Vineyards, The Mariner, 2011 (Healdsburg, CA. $45; Blend: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: bright and earthy with cherries, Herbs de province, and fresh boysenberries, with hints of tarragon, nutmeg, black tea and blueberries; the palate displays layers of texture and complexity with provocative flavors of rhubarb, Asian plum and Bing cherries;  body; tannins are soft and supple leading to a silky smooth finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Dry Creek Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 (Healdsburg, CA) $25; Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec; aromas: bright red cherry, red raspberry and dried thyme, mingling with darker elements of black cherry, espresso and cassis; the palate is full of ripe fruits that mold seamlessly with tannins that are refined and beautifully balanced; full body; delicate character on the finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

RW21

Paul Dolan Vineyards, Pinot Noir, 2012 (Ukiah, CA.) $30; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: leather and sweet cocoa dust; flavors: bright strawberry-rhubarb; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%) (Organically grown grapes)

Paul Dolan Vineyards, Zinfandel, 2012 (Ukiah, CA.) $25; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: blackberry jam, orange marmalade and a dashing accent of cracked black pepper; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%) (Organically grown grapes)

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Meoimi Wines, Pinot Noir, 2013 (St. Helena, CA.) $22; Style: dry red; rich garnet color; aromas: ripe strawberries, plum and sweet Bing cherries with hints of light cedar and spicy vanilla notes; flavors: bold and expressive boysenberry, plum, cherry cola and toasty mocha; palate: vibrant acidity well balanced by sweet oak and subtle herbal notes; medium body; balanced structure and depth on the finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Elouan , Oregon Pinot Noir, 2013 (St. Helena, CA.) $25; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: rose petal, and sweet red fruit core; flavors: cherry, rhubarb and fresh tiled earth; palate: firm acidity; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

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Columbia Crest, Limited Release Gold Red Wine, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Blend: 52% Cabernet franc, 38% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: fresh raspberries and salted dark chocolate; palate: silky; full body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: grilled meats and vegetables. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Columbia Crest, Grand Estates Cabernet Sauv, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: dark berry fruits and plum; flavors: chocolate and plum; palate: great complexity and structure; full body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: beef tenderloin or hearty pasta in red sauce. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Columbia Crest, Grand Estates Red Blend, 2011 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Blend: 61% merlot, 27% Syrah, 6$ Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Other; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: raspberry and cherry with a savory background of spice and leather; palate: silky mouthfeel and soft tannins; full body; long, elegant finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Columbia Crest, Grand Estates Syrah, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Blend: 89% Syrah, 7% Viognier, 2% Merlot, 2% Malbec; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: cedar and dark fruits; flavors: elegant smoky tones lead to notes of currant, dries herbs and hints of pepper; palate: supple texture; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: pork tenderloin, grilled salmon, soft cheeses. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

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Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (Oakville, CA.) $28; Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon. 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% merlot, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: blackberries, dried herbs and dried floral; palate: dried floral; medium body; dark chocolate on the deliciously long, lingering finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, Pinot Noir, 2013 (Oakville, CA.) $26; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: black cherry and plum fruit with hints of just-turned earth and thyme; flavors: blackberry, spice and herb; palate: silky; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

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Carmen, S. America, Carmene’re, 2011 (Apalta, S. America) $16; Blend: 19% Camenere4% Carignan, 2% Tempranillo; Style: dry red; intense dark purple color; strong aromas of cherry and black plum; flavors: notes of vanilla, toast, a smoky edge, and traces of fruits such as raspberry and plum; palate: balanced acidity, and pleasant, rounded tannins; medium body; lengthy finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.3%)

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Seven Falls Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $15; Style: Dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: Ripe black cherry, and boysenberry layered with notes of caramel, mocha and black tea; palate: ; concentrated full body; smooth, lasting finish. Food Pairing: Bolognese sauce, Moo Shu Pork, grilled Flank Steak with peppercorns. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Seven Falls Cellars, Merlot, 2011 (Patterson, WA.) $15; Style: Dry Red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: dark fruit character; palate: soft tannins, good structure and a rich, silky mouthfeel; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: milder foods. (Alc. by Volume: 14.0%)

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Woodward Canyon, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 (Lowden, WA.) $49; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: Asian spices, leather and sweet oak with hints of black cherry fruit; flavors: black fruits leading toward chocolate/mocha; palate: silky mouth feel; full body; exotic, generous and long finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

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Trinchero Family Estates, Ménage a’ Trois, Red Wine, 2012 (St. Helena, CA.) $SRP; Blend: 47% Zinfandel, 33% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: fresh, ripe, jam like fruit; palate: forward, silky and soft; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: grilled meats or chicken. (Alc. by Volume: 13.8%)

Trinchero Family Estates, Ménage a’ Trois, Midnight Dark Red Blend, 2012 (St. Helena, CA.) $SRP;Blend: 44% California Merlot, 42% California, Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% California Petite Sirah, 3% California Petit Verdot; Style: dry red; gorgeous garnet color; aromas and flavors: voluptuous blackberry and plush spiced plum with hints of mocha and exotic spice; palate: silky smooth; medium body; long, powerful finish (Alc. by Volume: 13.85%)

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Chateau Ste Michelle, Syrah, Columbia Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $15; Blend: 99% Syrah, 1% Viognier; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas an flavors: soft and jammy, fruit forward; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: beef, grilled salmon, strongly flavored cheeses. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Meritage, 2011 (Woodinville, WA.) $55; Blend: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: layers of black cherries and spice; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Merlot, Canoe Ridge Horse Haven Hills, 2012 (Woodinville, WA.) $28; Blend: 90% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: dark cherry fruit; palate: dusty tannins; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: lamb, pasta, fowl. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Merlot, Columbia Valley, Indian Wells, 2012 (Woodinville, WA.) $17; Blend:85% Merlot, 15% Syrah; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: ripe berry fruit; flavors: jammy; palate: rich fruit character; medium body; round, supple finish. Food Pairing: hearty pasta, arroz con pollo, flank steak, salad. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

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Walla Walla Vintners, Sangiovese, 2012 (Walla Walla, WA.) $27.77 (1/15); Blend: 83% Grosso and Piccolo Sangiovese mixed with 11% Syrah and 6% Malbec.; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: dried fig/date nose and begins with ripe elderberry flavors, followed by fresh strawberry and rhubarb; medium body; milk chocolate covered caramel finish. Decant before serving! (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

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Dry Creek Vineyard, Heritage Vines Zinfandel-Sonoma $20, 2013 (Healdsburg, CA.) $20 (02/15); Blend: 76% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 2% Primitivo, 1 % Carignane; Style: dry red; dark red color; enticing aromas of fresh blackberries, black cherry and toasty oak nuances; flavors: raspberries, licorice and allspice with hints of Asian spice and pepper; palate: silky smooth tannins, dense and complex; full body; beautifully balanced finish. Food Pairing: . (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

   
   
   
   
   
   

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White Wines
WW1

Souverain Winery, Sauvignon Blanc North Coast, 2012 (Napa, CA.) $13; Style: dry white; light straw color; bright, fresh aromas of pink grapefruit, guava and lime zest; flavors: ripe melon, orange blossom; palate: dry, crisp; medium body; richly textured finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.8%)

Souverain Winery, Chardonnay, 2011 (Napa, CA.) $13; Style: dry white; lemon yellow color; aromas: roasted pears, lemon citrus and subtle baking spice; flavors: pineapple, lemon-lime and cre’me brule’e; palate: lush texture and balanced acidity; full body; lengthy, flavorful  finish. Food Pairing: . (Alc. by Volume: 13.8%)

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Frisson Winery, Russian River Valley, Chardonnay, 2012 (Napa, CA.) $48 Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas: pear, apple, roasted nuts and fresh baked brioche overlaid with vanilla spice and plush French oak; flavors: honey, almond and warm buttery toffee; palate: rich and balanced; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.3%)

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Robert Mondavi Winery, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2012 (Oakville, CA.) $19. Style: Dry White; light straw color; aromas and flavors: ripe pear, fresh peach and autumn quince mingle with warm hazelnut and toasted almond; palate: a balance of fruit, oak, texture and varietal character; medium body; long, clean, lingering finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

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Columbia Crest, Pinot Gris, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas: pineapple and bright lime- citrus; flavors: tropical fruit, pear and peach; medium body; perfect balance and acidity on the finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13%)

Columbia Crest, Horse Haven Hills Chardonay, 2011 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Style: dry white; bright straw color; aromas and flavors: baked apple, honeysuckle, nutmeg, and a touch of minerals; palate: a broad spectrum of orchard fruits and sweet oak notes; medium body; seductive, slightly creamy vanilla finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

WW5

Snoqualmie Vineyards, Gewurztraminer (Organic), 2012 (Prosser, WA) $12;  (Alc. by Volume: 11.4%) Made from organically grown fruit, this wine is a pure expression of Gewürztraminer grape characters. Spicy, fruity aromas are coupled with crisp and juicy fruit flavors that will pair well with spicy ethnic dishes.

Snoqualmie Vineyards, Chardonnay, Col. Valley, 2012 (Prosser, WA) $13; (Alc. by Volume: 13%); Crafted with no oak, this wine is a refreshing experience of true Chardonnay varietal characters. Pear and apple nuances accent the nose leading to clean fruit flavors on the palate.

Snoqualmie Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 (Prosser, WA) $8; (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%); This Sauvignon Blanc displays bright aromas of citrus and sweet apple, followed by fresh flavors of lime, passion fruit and white peach with a crisp, clean finish. This is a great wine to enjoy with shellfish.

WW6

Dry Creek Vineyards, Dry Chenin Blanc, 2013 (Healdsburg, CA.) $12; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas: white peach, melon and citrus; flavors: earth and crushed citrus; palate: wonderfully crisp and refreshingly dry, excellent acid, ripe apple and zesty citrus; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: . (Alc. by Volume: 13.0%)

Dry Creek Vineyards, Fume’ Blanc, 2013 (Healdsburg, CA.) $14; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas: Meyer lemon, kefir lime, fresh citrus and grassy character; flavors: underlying minerals and wet stone provide a seamless core of acidity and backbone; medium body; mouthwatering and delicious finish. Food Pairing: fresh oysters. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Dry Creek Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 (Healdsburg, CA.) $18; Blend: 91% Sauvignon Blanc and 9% Sauvignon Musqu’e; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas: honeydew melon, cantaloupe, citrus and melon; flavors: fresh lemon-lime, kiwi and grapefruit notes; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.1%)

WW7

Bodegas Salentein, Reserve Chardonnay, 2012 (Mendoza, Argentina) $19; Style: dry white; limpid and bright light yellow color with greenish hues; aromas and flavors: hints of Spring’s white flowers; palate: sweet and gentle entry with a long and persistent finish; medium body. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

WW8

14 Hands Winery, Chardonnay, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas and flavors: bright aromas of apples and pears with a touch of caramel and spice. Elegant fruit flavors give way to hints of butter and vanilla; medium body;  juicy finish. Food Pairing: Chicken kiev, lemon pepper salmon, seafood alfredo (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

14 Hands Winery, Riesling WA. State, 2013 (Patterson, WA.) $10; Blend: 92% Riesling, 8% Gewurztraminer; Style: sweet white; light straw color; aromas: ; flavors: ; palate: ;  body; intriguing sweet, tart finish. Food Pairing: Cajun blackened halibut, Thai curry chicken, chiptole grilled shrimp. (Alc. by Volume: 11.5%)

14 Hands Winery, Pinot Gris, WA. State, 2013 (Patterson, WA.) $10; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas and flavors: green apple, fresh melon and light notes of honeysuckle; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: fruit salad, gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, grilled fish, seafood pasta. (Alc. by Volume: 13.0%)

WW9

Chateau Ste Michelle, Pinot Gris, Col Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $15; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas and flavors: fresh juicy pear, melon and a hint of spice; palate: ;  body;  finish. Food Pairing: A perfect match with scallops or halibut. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Sauvignon Blanc, Col. Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $11; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas and flavors: bright fruit character of melons and herbs; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: a favorite with oysters. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Mid Summer White, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $?; Blend: 59% Chenin Blanc, 24% Gewurztraminer, 17% Riesling; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas and  flavors: ripe peach and melon; palate: lively acidity; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Cold Fiddle White Blend, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $? Blend: 39% Riesling, 30% Semillon, 19% Gewurztraminer, 10% Viognier, 2% Chenin; Style: off-dry white; light straw color; aromas: pear and apple with a touch of spice; flavors: stone fruit on the palate; medium body; smooth, refreshing finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.0%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Riesling, Col. Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $9; Style: medium-dry white; light straw color; crisp apple aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes; medium body; refreshing, flavorful finish. Food Pairing: fresh fruit, crab, mild cheeses, chicken. (Alc. by Volume: 12.0%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Sauvignon Blanc Horse Haven Hills, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $18; Style: dry white; light straw color; crisp and racy fruit and flavors with subtle citrus notes; medium body; pure, refreshing, flavorful, vibrant finish. Food Pairing: mussels, halibut, chicken and goat cheese. (Alc. by Volume: 13.0%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Dry Riesling, Col. Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $10; Style: dry white; light straw color; citrus aromas and flavors of ripe apricot; palate: dry, crisp, refreshing; medium body; fresh, bright fruit on the finish. Food Pairing: crab, scallops, mild cheese, Asian dishes, Indian Curries. (Alc. by Volume: 12.5%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Riesling, Cold Creek Valley, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $20; Style: off-dry white; light straw color; aromas and flavors of ripe peaches dried apricots and spice notes; palate: ripe and lush; medium body; crisp finish. Food Pairing: crab, fresh fruit, poultry, mild cheeses, Asian dishes. (Alc. by Volume: 12.0%)

WW10

Paul Dolan Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 (Ukiah, CA.) $18; Style: Dry white; light straw color; aromas: lemongrass perfume; flavors: kiwi and citrus zest; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%) (Organically grown grapes)

WW11

Meoimi Wines, Chardonnay, 2013 (St. Helena, CA.) $22; Style: dry white; light straw-gold color; aromas: bright enticing layers of citrus fruit, pineapple, subtle minerality and candied Asian Pear; flavors: exotic, warm spice notes of tropical fruit, apple cream pie, peach, hazelnut and vanilla crème brulee.; palate: lush and creamy with clean, vibrant acidity; medium body; fruity, balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

WW12

Columbia Crest, Grand Estates Pinot Gris, 2013 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Blend: 90% Pinot Gris, 9% Pinot Blanc, 1% Riesling; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas: peach, melon and grapefruit; flavors: vivid fruit medley, subtle hints of nutty and spicy nuances; palate: crisp acidity; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.0%)

Columbia Crest, Grand Estates Chardonnay, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $12; Style: dry white; light straw color; rich fruit aromas of apples, melons and pears with hints of caramelized sugar and butterscotch; flavors: lush orchard fruit are enhanced by buttery characters and lively acidity; medium body; balanced finish. A vibrant, complex wine. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

WW13

Chateau Ste Michelle, Chardonnay, Cold Creek, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $25; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas and flavors: ripe fruit and toasty character; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: seafood risotto, salmon, veal. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Gewurztraminer, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $10; Style: off-dry; light straw color; aromas and flavors: fresh, fruity and spicy with fruit and clove spice; body; medium; balanced finish. Food Pairing: crab, Asian dishes, chicken+. (Alc. by Volume: 12.0%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Chardonnay, Columbia Valley; 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $11; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas and flavors: bright apple and sweet citrus fruits, with hints of spice and oak; palate: layered and complex; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: crab, poultry, salmon, scallops. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Chateau Ste Michelle, Eroica Riesling, 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $20; Style: off-dry white; light straw color; aromas and flavors: sweet lime and tangerine with hints of minerals; palate: bright fruit, crisp acidity and enhanced minerality; medium body;  finish. Food Pairing: Asian dishes, Indian curries, crab, scallops. (Alc. by Volume: 12.0%)

WW14

Robert Mondavi, Napa Valley, Fume’ Blanc, 2013 (Oakville, CA.) $20; Blend: 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas: lime zest, gooseberry, honeydew melon jasmine and orange blossom; flavors: crisp lemon-lime citrus, melon and fresh meadow with hints of pea tendrils and newly cut ginger root; medium body; a refreshing wine with waves of flavor along its wonderfully long, lingering finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14.5%)

WW15

Seven Falls Cellars, Chardonnay, 2012 (Patterson, WA.) $15; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas: ripe apples, peaches, and tropical fruits with hints of butter, brown sugar and toast; rich fruit flavors complimented by a creamy texture; medium body; lengthy, balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

WW16

Woodward Canyon, Chardonnay, WA. State, 2013 (Lowden, WA.) $44; Style: dry white; light straw color; aromas and flavors: ripe pear, apple and peach with hints of vanilla, mineral,  toasted hazelnut and understated oak; palate: wonderful acidity with ; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

WW17 Furmint, Mevde Sauska, 2012 (Tokaj, Hungary, Medve Vineyard) $65; Style: Furmint; Light straw color; aromas and flavors: flinty Tokaj-nose With some quite shocking coconut; palate: a serious outburst of natural acidity, with refreshing mouthfeel; medium body; weighty and seamless finish. (Alc. by Volume: 14%)
   
   
   

 

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Sparkling Wines

SW1

Opera Prima, Brut Sparkling, NV (Spain) $8; Style: Charmat Method; bright pale yellow color; intense aroma and flavors of fresh citrus fruits, an expression of herbs and hints of flower petals; palate: delicate, small bubbles caress the palate leaving; medium body; dry, smooth finish. Food Pairing: great on its own or with all kinds of Mediterranean dishes. Serve well chilled. (Alc. by Volume: 11%)

Opera Prima, Sparkling Moscato, NV (Daimiel, Spain) $8; Style: Charmat Method; pale yellow color color; aromas: beautiful rose petal and lychee fruit; silky-sweet flavors; medium body; crisp, refreshing finish. Food Pairing: wide range of desserts. Serve well chilled. (Alc. by Volume: 7%)

Opera Prima, Pink Moscato, NV (Spain) $8; Style: Charmat Method; light pink color; intense aromas and flavors of fresh berries and tropical fruits with hints of white flower petals; delicate bubbles caress the palate offering a silky and pleasant sweetness; medium body; crisp, refreshing finish. Food Pairing: ideal on its own, as an aperitif or with all types of sweets and desserts. Serve well chilled.  (Alc. by Volume: 7%)

Jaume Serra, Cristalino Rose’ Brut Cava, NV (Spain) $12; Blend: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Trepat; Style: Sparkling Wine; pink color; aromas: strawberry and raspberry; flavors: red berry and cherry; medium body; clean, crisp finish. Food Pairing: fresh fruit, fried appetizers like calamari and light desserts like cre’me brulee’. (Alc. by Volume: 11.5%)

Jaume Serra, Cristalino  Brut Cava, NV (Spain) $12; Blend: 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo; Style: sparkling wine; light straw color; aromas: fresh, toasty nose; beautiful citrus, green apple and mineral flavors; palate: supply, lively mouthfeel; medium body; crisp, clean finish. Food Pairing: on its own with caviar, sushi, seafood, fried foods and Asian dishes. (Alc. by Volume: 11.5%)

Vina Arnaiz, Sparkling Wine, NV (Spain) $18; Blend: 95% Tempranillo, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon; Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas: blackberry, cherry and smoke; flavors: rich and luscious with currants and red fruit; palate: complex, yet perfectly balanced and excellent; full body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: roasted meats. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

Antano, Sparkling Wine, 2009 (Spain) $18; Blend: 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazeulo, 5% Garnacha; Style: dry red; deep purple red color; aromas and flavors: complex with notes of mature fruits and blending of vanilla, spices and leather; palate: fleshy with full, rounded tannins; full body; powerful with very long finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5

SW2

Paringa 2009 "Individual Vineyard" South Australia Sparkling Shiraz ($12). Style: Sparkling wine; inky-dark purple color; aromas and flavors: blackberries and blueberries and a whiff of menthol, typical fruit-forward South Australia Shiraz and a prickly and frothy sparkling wine; medium body;  finish. Food Pairing: Fine for sipping by itself; it made a decent pairing with a dinner salad topped with thin strips of teriyaki-style beef.

SW3

Ca’ Moma, Ca’ Rosa Sparkling Rose’, NV (Napa, CA.) $19. The nose of this bright pink bubbly boasts pear, cantaloupe, pineapple, tutti frutti and orange blossom. On the palate you will find ripe strawberry, lychee and pear surrounded by tropical notes

SW4

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Brut Sparkling Wine, NV (Acampo, CA.) $10. Style: Sparkling Wine; light straw color; aromas: fresh citrus accented by soft, creamy yeast characters; flavors: green apple and lemon cream; palate: bubbly; medium body; Food Pairing: a wide array of dishes from shellfish appetizers to chicken entree's to luscious fruit desserts. Also great on its own for celebrations. Serve well chilled. (Alc. by Volume: 12.5%)

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Extra Dry Sparkling Wine, NV (Acampo, CA.) $10. Blend: 98.5% Chardonnay, 1.5% Viognier; Style: sparkling wine; light straw color; aromas: crisp, Golden Delicious apple, fresh pear and honeysuckle; flavors: fresh-baked lemon tart; palate: bright acidity balances slightly sweet flavors; medium body. Food Pairing: Asian appetizers, creamy cheeses, spicy dishes like Thai curry, or custard desserts like panna cotta with fresh berries. Serve well chilled. (Alc. by Volume: 11%)

SW5

Domaine Ste Michelle, Sparkling Wine, Extra Dry, NV (Washington) $9. This is an off-dry sparkling wine made in the traditional manner, at a very good price, and one of my favorite sparklers.

Winemaker Rick Casqueiro writes: “A rich, golden sparkler with abundant bubbles. The Extra Dry is very elegant on the palate, and bursts with flavors of pear, guava and kiwi. The delicate flavors linger and make this a great pairing for seafood such as scallops, sea bass and crab.”  (Alc. by Volume: 12%)

SW6

J Vineyards and Winery, Brut Rose’ Sparkling Wine, NV (Healdsburg, CA.) $28. Blend: 64% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier; Style: Sparkling Rose’; light salmon color; aromas: wild strawberry, nectarine and fresh cut apples; flavors: cherry, blood orange, citrus peel and tropical fruit; body; medium; elegant finish. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

J Vineyards and Winery, 25th Anniversary J Cuvee’ 20, Brut Sparkling Wine, NV (Healdsburg, CA.) $24. Style: Sparkling Wine; light straw color; aromas and flavors: gracefully opens up with crisp lemon peel, honeysuckle and delicate yeast aromas. Upon entry, these notes are followed by a mix of Fuji apple, grapefruit and a sweet hint of angel food cake. The mid-palate flavors are interlaced with toast, caramel, warm pear, and almond; palate: The acidity adds just enough liveliness and the citrus zest leads to a lingering lush finish. Food Pairing: Try it with an apricot-glazed country ham over the holidays or pair it with a fresh spring salad of mixed greens, topped with toasted walnuts and drizzled with a light vinaigrette. (Alc. by Volume: 13.5%)

SW7

J Vineyards & Winery, J Vintage Brut, Russian Riv. Valley, 2005 (Healdsburg, CA.) $48. Blend: 54% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier; Style: Sparkling Wine; light straw yellow color; aromas: ripe citrus, pear, honeysuckle with hints of yeasty brioche and butterscotch; flavors: pear, taffy apple and citrus with hints of toasted almond; medium body; balanced finish of toast and rich fruit. Food Pairing: perfect aperitif potato leek pure’e drizzled over curley endive with a dash of truffled caviar. (Alc. by Volume: 12.5%)

J Vineyards & Winery, J Late Disgorged Vintage Brut, 2003 (Healdsburg, CA.) $90. Blend: 49% Pinot Noir, $9% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier; Style: Sparkling Wine; light straw color; aromas and flavors: a sophisticated mélange of pear and lime notes follow savory lemon and delicate cinnamon flavors; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: Sunday brunch of strawberries with Meyer lemon curd and triple-cream cheese lightly spread over toasted cracked wheat bread. (Alc. by Volume: 12.5%)

SW8

Biltmore Reserve, Blanc de Blanc Brut, NV (NC) $25. Style: Sparkling wine; straw, yellow-gold color; aromas: hints of yeast, hazelnut, honey and apple; flavors: hints of green apple and pear; palate: nice acidity; medium body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: oysters on the half shell, crab, scallops, roe, smoked trout and soft cheeses. (Alc. by Volume: 12.5%)

SW9

Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley 2009 Luxe 750 mL *    $23.00;

Tasting Notes: This bottle fermented sparkling wine, produced using traditional Méthode Champenoise techniques, exhibits fruit-forward aromas of lemon-lime and crisp green apple. Plentiful fruit and hints of toasted hazelnut greet the palate and finishes with a crisp acidity.

Food Pairings: clam chowder, cedar-planked salmon, cracked crab

SW10

Trinchero Family Estates, Ménage a’ Trois, Prosecco, NV (Italy/St. Helena, CA.) $SRP? Blend: 100% Glera grapes; Style: Prosecco Sparkling Wine; light straw color; aromas: seductive floral fragrance; flavors: refreshing citrus and bright green apple; medium body; crisp, clean finish. Food Pairing: fresh fruit tart. (Alc. by Volume: 11.5%)

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Other Wines

OW1

Warre’s Otima 10 Year Old Tawny Port, NV (Douro Valley, Portugal) $27Blend: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cao; Style: Port wine; rich tawny color with a translucent copper hue; aromas: nuts and hints of mature fruit; flavors: hints of dried fruits; medium body; long, elegant finish. Food Pairing: ready to drink when bottled. cheese, nuts or dried fruits after a meal. (Alc. by Volume: 20%)

OW2

Warre’s Otima 20 Year Old Tawny Port, NV (Douro Valley, Portugal) $45Blend: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Tinto Cao; Style: Port wine; Translucent copper color; soft nutty aromas and flavors; medium body; tannins and acidity assure a balanced finish and perfect length. Food Pairing: ready to drink when bottled and does not need decanting. serve on its own or with light desserts like crème brulee. (Alc. by Volume: 20%)

OW3

Dow’s, Vale do Bomfim DOC, 2006 (Portugal) $12. Style: dry red; dark red color; aromas and flavors: wild berry, with hints of spice; full body; soft tannins and god acidity on the finish. Food Pairing: grilled Portuguese chourico, a smoked pork sausage with garlic and paprika.

OW4

Graham’s - Six Grapes Reserve Port $22. Blend: six grapes; Style: Port; dark red color; aromas and flavors: ripe plums, figs and cherries; medium body; long, lingering finish. Food Pairing: rich, nutty or chocolate desserts. (Alc. by Volume: 20.0%)

OW5

Dow’s, Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2004 (Portugal) $20. Style: Port; intense, bright red color; aromas: red and black berry fruit; palate/flavors: rich ripe blackberry fruit, mocha and sweet spices; full body; long, lingering finish. Food Pairing: Chocolate desserts and hard cheeses like mature cheddar or soft goat’s cheese. (Alc. by Volume: 20%)

OW6

Graham’s, 20 Year Tawny Port, NV (Portugal) $29. Style: Port; delicate tawny color with green tinted edge; marmalade, dried fig and almond aromas, floral background; palate/flavors: sweet fruit, rich, smooth, velvet texture; full body; balanced finish. Food Pairing: nuts, dried fruits and fruitcake or vanilla ice cream or crème brulee. (Alc. by Volume: 20%)

OW7

Cockburn’s Special Reserve Ruby Port, NV (Portugal) $20. Style: Sweet red; deep red color; rich and concentrated aromas of red fruits, predominantly red cherry and hints of plums and strawberries; flavors: red berry; palate: sweet, well-rounded; medium body; fresh, fruity finish. Food Pairing: serve at the end of a meal with rich, nutty or chocolate desserts, as well as strong cheese. Serve at room temperature, or slightly chilled in hot weather. (Alc. by Volume: 20%)

OW8

Graham’s, Six Grapes Reserve Port (375ml), NV (Gaia, Portugal) $11. Style: Port Wine; dark red color; aromas and flavors: rich perfume of ripe plums and cherries; palate: complex with good structure; full body; long, lingering finish. Food Pairing: rich, dark chocolate desserts and strong cheeses like a creamy blue. (Alc. by Volume: 20%)

OW9

Okanogan Estate and Vineyards, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, 2008 (Oroville, WA.) $15. Style: sweet dessert wine; light straw color; aromas: tropical fruit including banana, guava and dried pineapple; flavors: melon, honey-butter and sun-dried apricots; medium body; sugar-dusted lemon-lime finish that lingers on and on. Food Pairing: lemon or mango flavored stilton cheese; an oatmeal-raisin cookie with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream for dessert; fruit tort; bananas foster; poached pears. (Alc. by Volume: 13.8%)

Okanogan Estate and Vineyards, Riesling Ice Wine, 2009 (Oroville, WA.) $26. Style: ultra sweet dessert wine; light straw color; aromas: intense fruity-floral; flavors: orchard and tropical fruit including mango, peaches and candied pineapple; palate: velvety mouth feel with plenty of acidity balancing the sweetness; medium body; well-rounded finish with hints of vanilla and honey. Food Pairing: a scoop of French vanilla ice cream drizzled with warm, homemade applesauce, a peach/apricot cobbler or a fresh fruit dessert. Excellent as its own dessert. (Alc. by Volume: 11.9%)

OW10

14 Hands Winery, Moscato Col. Valley, 2013 (Patterson, WA.) $10; Style: sweet white; straw yellow color; aromas: This highly perfumed Columbia Valley Moscato leads with aromas of rose petal, lychee and pear with an appealing citrus peel undertone; flavors: Juicy flavors of white peach and mango are joined by mandarin orange and tangy melon notes; palate: While lightly sweet at first, ample acidity lends balance, keeping the wine bright and fresh.; medium body; balanced finish. (Alc. by Volume: 10.5%)

OW11

Chateau Ste Michelle, Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2013 (Woodinville, WA.) $10; Style: medium sweet white; light straw color; rich aromas and flavors of ripe peaches; palate: a bowl of fruit in a glass; medium body; crisp, balanced finish. Food Pairing: fresh fruit, crab, Asian dishes, mild cheeses. (Alc. by Volume: 10.5%)

   
   

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