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Browne Family Vineyards 2014 Tribute

Sitting in a tasting room in downtown Seattle trying new wines while catching up with an old friend seemed quite civilized. Such was the case recently at the Browne Family Vineyards tasting room in Pioneer Square. We love our wine tastings in Napa or Sonoma or Walla Walla, so I was excited to learn about this lovely spot on First Avenue that just recently opened. Stylish as all get out, cozy and just a perfect spot to chat and laugh and drink some amazing wine. Which leads me to this bottle of Tribute. My friend Jackie & I were both quite taken with it, taking home bottles. We have since served it at several gatherings gaining much praise. TPS was back visiting his mom in Montclair and picked up a bottle there, so it is distributed widely, which is always nice as I sometimes write about wines that folks from afar have a tough time finding. 

From the makers site: Dark fruit, flint and tanned leather aromatics. Fruit bomb with Van Cherry, currant and all spice. Finishes with anise, toasty oak and lingering dark fruit flavors. Acid is bright and balances this full bodied and round tannin wine.

Varietal Blend: 39% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot, 6% Petite Sirah, 6% Carmenere 

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2015 Cavatappi Sangiovese

Our Wine Wednesday pick is a tasty Sangiovese from Washington State, the 2015 Cavatappi Sangiovese. We enjoyed a glass last night with dinner. This is also one of the wines we will be serving at the Colu Henry book signing at the end of the month. More on that tomorrow. After a quick Google search for a little information on this yummy wine, one of my blog entries from a few years back popped up as one of the top searches, which totally made me smile and laugh at the same time, as I have little to no memory of writing a post on it. I guess that is what happens after many years of posting daily, and certainly has nothing to do with the years advancing. Insert very large smile. Bottom line, it deserves a second cheers, as it is mighty fine wine. Here it is:

Cavatappi is a Washington State winery that we have long been a fan of, and is my pick for this Wine Wednesday post. We were first introduced to it at a ‘meet the vintner’ wine dinner hosted by our friends Steve & Catherine at Cafe Juanita more than 10 years ago. The wine glass stain makes for a very clever and memorable label. I spot it whenever I am out shopping for wine. Their Sangiovese is fresh, light-bodied, and lovely solo or with food. It falls in that under $15 range that makes it nice to serve for parties or large gatherings. Lovely to have with a roast chicken or to serve the next time you order pizza in.

After a little more web searching: Cavatappi wines are inspired by the delicious house wines served in Italy’s restaurants. Thirty years ago, winemaker Peter Dow partnered with Washington state’s revered growers Mike Sauer, and later with Dick Boushey, to plant Italian varieties. Today these wines, made from Washington-grown Nebbiolo and Sangiovese, continue to be enjoyed alongside great food and great company.

TASTING NOTES: Herbal and fruity aromatics with a touch of spice. Light in body but heavy on red fruit freshness, with notes of bright cherry, mineral, spice, and herb.  

WINEMAKING NOTES: Varietal Blend 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon  Appellation Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley



Browne Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Wednesday is a nice & hearty Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla, right here in Washington State.  For those of you around the globe who enjoy wine and are given the chance to try some red from this region, do.  Do, big time. This bottle was a gift last month from my friend Jackie who I have known since I first moved to Seattle in 1986 to be a tennis pro at The Seattle Tennis Club.  Our birthdays are both in November, two Sagittarius, so the four of us celebrated at Spinasse and this yummy red was my treat.  

From the maker:  Inky red, almost black in color, this classic Cabernet Sauvignon is heavily concentrated with ripe cherry aromas and dark fruit flavors, backed by vanilla oak notes. Layered with texture that belies its silky smooth tannins, this wine’s perfectly balanced alcohol and bright, clean acidity make it a perfect companion for red meat and savory dishes. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot



Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah

20150311-044110.jpg This is wine with a history. The Wine Wednesday pick is a bottle we first had many years ago, at a dinner where we met the fabulous couple responsible for creating this wine. The Uriah blend is a bottle of wine we are big fans of that we have on very special occasions with fond memories of the many times over the years we have enjoyed a bottle and of sweet memories of meeting them.

From the Walla Walla Valley, this is 100% Spring Valley Estate bottled. This is a rarity, as often times grapes are bought from numerous places to create a blend. It is aged in French oak for 18 months. The divine blend is 48% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec. Creating a wine that is truly memorable. From the vineyard’s site, “The nose on our Uriah exudes complex layers of herbs and almond paste. On the palate, it is very creamy with bright flavors of summer fruit and the fine tannins lead to a spectacularly long finish.”