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Very interesting conditions. Driving out of Seattle through the national forest you see many gorges and miles and miles of trees. Suddenly we exit into barren dry foot hills. See the video and pictures of how dry the vineyards look. This accounts for the high acid not jammy-ripe fruit. It's also super chilly; temperatures of 25 degrees to 50s. The wines are hot with high alcohol but a lot of residual sugar and high acid.I'm impressed by how dry the conditions are with irrigation all over. These vineyards are on steep rocky sides of extremely dry barren foothills.Hopefully the pictures show what I see.[video data-wpid="26" src="/storage/3631-3031/DCIM/Camera/VID_20181118_101919183.mp4" class="failed size-full"].

Like we've experienced in other areas all wineries have products which they have only at the tasting Center. In fact Hogue only provides wines you cannot get in the general marketplace. Their premier label has an entire line of whites and reds. All are pure, clean, crisp. Les was a blast and shared a ton of knowledge about the areas in which the wines are produced. One of the most interesting was in education about Red Mountain. The smallest AVA in the state, this soil is actually wash down from other areas and are not area original. Gear for the product taste differently than anything else with a lot

Next to Owen Roe it was the only sparkling house in the state, and the sparkling made me stop. Walking in you encounter 4-story high steel containers as well as cooled ones indoors. A little challenging for our schedule because it was a FORCED sit down/slow presentation. Nice experience if you want to spend time and it serves food. Several the wines have been served at the state department. We enjoyed the Blanc de Noir and at $20 wasn't a bad price. Fun presentation of sparkly bottles for the holidays and gifts. The others tasted neutral, easy drinking, not the biscuit or brioche of French Traditional Méthode, but an American new world easy-drinking

The most award-winning winery in this Valley is Owen Roe and so we chose it as our first visit to the vinticultural AVA. Beautiful property on a sloping landscape facing Mt Adams in the background.We had a lovely time with Susan who was extremely knowledgeable.I learned that Cab Franc is a premier wine in Washington often presented as a single varietal. We couldn't differentiate it from a reg red wine, easy drinking and without the yellow pepper that we often find from old world presentation.Outstanding at this property was the Syrah. I also liked a creation called Abbotts, priced at only $24, it was a g buy featuring