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Up in the southern Valley of Walla Walla and a long drive to find a couple of wineries.  Extremely overcast foggy day with frost all over all growth so it shows us the cool times. They explained that there were many days of hundred degrees and then drop cold at night with frost. That's what we're seeing. The fog inversion apparently it's pretty common too. The wines are classic to Washington -- high acidity, red to black fruit which state bright. I attribute that to cool nights keeping down grape ripening into darker black fruit. They stay acidic but have high tannins and deep burgundy color. Everything at Northstar

Visited this winery because it was a winemaker that started as CEO with Chateau Ste Michelle. He also partners with for other winemakers. Woodinville WA is perhaps unique in that there were over 20 + winery tasting rooms all in one concentrated area. Since we arrived on a Saturday night parking was at a premium and it was extremely crowded. As such we may have been overlooked as wine educators and it was the first time we were charged for a wine tasting in years, even though presenting as blogging the visit. If you're going to visit thus location, I would suggest not doing so on a Friday or

Very nice experience despite being a very busy Saturday. Amy Franks, the guest service assistant manager was a joy and showed us a great experience. She said that the tasting room was a manageable busy, although we thought it very busy. We appreciated taking time to talk to us and educate. We asked to taste products that are not normally seen on the market and learned that they have a white label series which can only be purchased at the tasting room. We found all the products to be bright and very easy drinking. Enjoyed a artist series red wine (pictured) with commissioned artist label. All of these