From one map I learn that Woodinville is across Lake Washington (east of Lake Union) and a bit to the north from Seattle. So we have a couple of hours' drive for a visit and orientation on the wines we will taste.
First we visit Five Star Cellars, because food is available for our lunch, as we enjoy the flight of several different red wines. Our favorite is the 2012 Malbec, 100% Malbec from Walla Walla Valley. 59% is from Seven Hills vineyard and 41% from Pepperbridge. It is described as having a deep purple color that shocks the eye. Purple fruits tease the nose with hints of clove and oak spice. Plum and blackberry electrify the palate followed by soft tannins. Fruit and acid dominate the mouth, making one long for cobbler and ice cream.
My palate was electrified, but I don't need any encouragement to want ice cream.
It is interesting to learn that the winery was begun by David Huse, who graduated from Walla Walla Community College with a degree in Enology and Viticulture, a program for persons interested in grape growing and wine making.
Roger takes us next to Flying Dreams Winery, also in Woodinville. The name originated from the idea that we must take chances if we are to fulfill our deepest passions. "Leap, and find your wings on the way down."
Our tour includes a peek into the room filled with barrels and barrels and barrels of aging wine.
Herb and I agree that the 2013 Cabernet Franc from the Stillwater Creek vineyard is our choice, and we make a purchase here.
Today Cab Franc becomes my favorite wine, replacing Malbec, which has reigned for the past few years.
Find Willie's choice....
Willie of Willie's Tug,
and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
Saturday, February 4, 2017