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Visiting Virginia and of course had to try the wine. Stopped by Cave Ridge winery on the way back to the resort I was staying at in Shenandoah valley. Cave Ridge winery is a lovely off-the-main-road secluded place with a great venue for relaxing wine tasting. Thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor setting and view of the Fall turning leaves that covered the vineyard and the rolling hills scene. Challenging one Carlene in however it led to a beautiful covered patio in the secluded woods. Tasted mostly the reds and enjoyed the red silk Cabernet Sauvignon and the Petite Verdot. all the wines were easy drinking sipping wines but the

Willamette, valley re-enjoyed a visited champagne house product again. 2014 Argyle vintage Brut. Bought it while visiting Oregon in 2017. 65% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Meunier. Tart, [caption id="attachment_11964" align="aligncenter" width="2250"] Argyle Brut[/caption] cherry flavors dominate, evident of the Pinot noir base. Bright and citrusy. Lovely mousse. Enjoyed holding the mousse and feeling the tingling all over the mouth, a wonderful sensation from the full yet light-bodied mousse, which continued even after the bottle was opened a few hours (bouchon capped). Enjoyable if you like tangy, dry champagnes. Paieed it with a teriyaki stir-fry of chicken and fresh vegetables and it was lovely.

I decided an overall summary of what I learned in Washington would be useful. Washington is known for apples.  Now that I’ve traversed the state tasting their wine, the apple profile is similar to the wine.  A ripe Red Delicious apple has sweetness with tart fruit taste, and so does the standard Washington wine. There’s a sweet-tart type of taste to all the wines. Like Oregon, the wines are very bright, acidic, and crisp. The fruit is underneath and rarely with fruit-forward intensity. Fruit flavors are commonly bright cherry, bright raspberry, or citrusy lime and lemon, pineapple and granny smith apples. I learned that the red profile is unique.  Cabernets from

Awesome winery experience on the outskirts of Woodinville, with Yakima estate fruit. Greeted by a Cleveland girl in a Brown's jersey! Nikki was very knowledgeable, and then the owner Papa Danny came over. We bought the most wine from one place in our whole trip, so that's how much we liked them.We first liked their estate Syrah call Emmy, but then had Ceideigh (Kay-leigh) and loved it. The winemaker said said it was made with natural yeast which works out slower than wine made with a added yeast. Danny says grapes stay on the skins longer and so have depth and complexity. We also liked Big Papa, all

Woodinville is a crazy busy area for multiple tasting rooms congested into small retail spaces competing for parking. All wineries were packed, so if you can, avoid on weekends. Thanks to Glen who fit us in to Delille who holds the distinction of all rated wines above 90 pts eight years straight. We found the wine similar to the big reds throughout Washington (ie, red mtn), in that they featured bright red fruit with huge tannins and acidity. We liked the Chenin Blanc (bright lemon) and Roussane (light lemon). We bought the Doyenne, which was made for the winemaker's wedding and guests encouraged ongoing production. Delille consistently uses liberal oak on

Mr. Ryan was winemaker of the year in 2016 so we had to try the wines. It's too bad we missed him in Walla Walla at his estate property. We found them in Woodinville. Despite the crazy Saturday environment, Stan took good care of us and had us try all the estate/reserve products.The Chard was lovely and had a light oak and soft fruit. As we started to get into the reds the tannin and acid pops were huge. Sticky teeth is the word for all the wines. None of them were small wines; however the production is low. Shipping to Ohio is possible, so if you want

A very unique father-son adventure with 26 wines. One could visit just here in Woodinville and not need to go anywhere else with this number of wines. Many wines are sourced from their estate property called Stillwater, and the other uniquely from properties where Mr Mike Januik developed a relationship as the winemaker at Chateau Ste Michelle. After retiring, he built his own winery (tasting room right across the street from Chateau Ste Michelle) with his son Andrew. Many of the wines are rated 90 points. We learned that Mike prefers ni surprises or overpowering wines and produces consistent, easy drinking Washington classic varietals. Andrew, his son, prefers

In partnership with Chateau Ste Michelle, this winery produces Red Mountain big grape products. We did a vertical of the cabernets and also tasted the cab franc and the Malbec, pictured. we find a taste in them that is distinctive possibly from the limestone. Each one had huge tannins and acidity and the fruit was aromatic but not as fruit forward and its flavors. Thanks Cherie for sharing your knowledge of the terrior and the big wine.

I start up wine business with a son named Steve on his parents property and 4 years old. Find great mostly and doing a great job getting it from places like Red Mountain in Walla Walla.Very much enjoyed the Riesling which is a soft lemon tart like with a clean finish.we very much enjoyed their cab which is one of the biggest blackest cabs that we've had and they got the grapes from Red Mountain. At $27 it's a great buy and we bought several bottles.Their red blend is also big with a cab, franc, malbec, petit verdot blend. Huge tannins and definitely food wine.very nice new property

W We had the pleasure of a private tour with the winemaker, Karen Krug. Great story that they couldn't use Krug as their wine name since it's taken by the big champagne house so they went with spoiled dog. We didn't get to meet the dog but learned he has the run if an inner island spot