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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''ve said before that Rombauer Chardonnay is my favorite. It's such a classic Napa white. Oats for 36 months in French oak and has tastes of layered butter and caramel. Full malolactic-acid or ML means they converted the lactic acid to a full-bodied milky-thickness/texture on the tongue. A creamy smooth texture is the result. The wine is aged for 36-month in French oak providing an exchange that takes the edge of acids and replaces it with vanilla and caramel flavors. The entire bottle continues to provide lovely flavors as it warms and opens. I prefer it slightly chilled vs. fully chilled in order to let these flavors and aromas open fully. 

It's so fun to have a local spot that serves good wine, and great wine list variety when you are a wine-educator.The bottle list is very diverse and we saw many favorites at very reasonable retail prices.Bill, the wine manager, is very friendly and knowledgeable. Wendy prepared a good meal. Several glass tastes from around the world.Picture is a chartucerie plate and an easy-to-eat pizza. I recommend the 20 minutes for the Brie. Good wine knowledge and camaraderie. Check it out if you're in downtown Willoughby DTW

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