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Eufloria Sparkling Wine in a Can | White and Rosé

Have you grabbed a can of wine lately? 

Are you curious about those cans of wine you see at the grocery store or your local liquor store? Are you wondering to yourself, "Are they any good?"

Today I have reviews of two sparkling/frizzante wines in a can. Eufloria aromatic wines. These wines are produced by the same company which makes Pacific Rim Riesling in West Richland, Washington. (see my review: "Pacific Rim 2016 Riesling - Two Styles with Unlimited Enjoyment")

You might ask yourself, "Why would I want wine from a can?" I asked myself the same question. And you might also ask, as I did, "What do they taste like?" Well, I found out. 

Why cans?
One of the reasons cans are being used for wine, is that aluminum cans are lighter than glass, and therefore less expensive to transport. Also, aluminum cans take up less space than glass bottles for an equivalent amount of wine. These are 375ml cans of wine, which is equivalent to 1/2 of a bottle of wine. T…

Three Albariños and Several Food Pairings | Taste Rías Baixas

As promised, more reviews of  Albariño wines from Rías Baixas. 

My previous post (My Favorite White Wines this Summer are from DO Rias Baixas), I emphasized more traditional food pairings, grilled shrimp, Ceviche, and watermelon. This time, I wanted to try some different pairings to see how well Albariño wines would match. I love seafood, but I was curious about the flexibility of this variety.

My test pairings began with a series of mini quiche I made at home, spinach, hamburger, tomato, dill and steak. Following are my tastings notes on the wines and the food pairing results. Results were mixed.

While twelve grape varieties are permitted in DO Rías Baixas, the white Albariño grape represents 96% of all plantings. Albariño refreshes as a drinking wine and appeals to diverse cuisine. Albariño from Galicia delivers for me on many levels. Bright acidity, refreshing citrus flavors and that compelling salinity which intrigues, satisfies, and returns me to my favorite memories of the ocean…

My Favorite White Wines this Summer are from DO Rías Baixas | Albariño

Albariño from DO Rías Baixas of Galicia, Spain.
Rías Baixas is Galician for “Lower Rias,” and refers to four estuaries – Ría de Muros y Noia, the Ría de Arousa, the Ría de Pontevedra, and the Ría de Vigo – located on the southwestern coast of Galicia, Spain.

This region of Spain is often referred to as "green Spain" because the area is cooled by the Atlantic ocean, it is greener than the rest of Spain. The region accumulates around 2,200 growing degree days for ripening the perfect Albariño.

I find something compelling about Albariño from green Spain. It's that bright acidity, often with minerality and flavors of citrus to stone fruit, and especially, the essence of the salty sea. When I have the opportunity to enjoy a bottle of Albariño from Rías Baixas, I am expecting to experience a hint of that Atlantic ocean breeze, either on the palate or on the nose.

Many thanks to for inviting me to enjoy my favorite wine of summer. Albariño wines of DO Rías Baixas. Th…

Prosser Wine Network Bottles, Brews, BBQ 2018!

Saturday June 9th, 2018 at Prosser's Vintner's Village10am to 6pm. Kick Off June 8Bottles, Brews, Barbecues kicks off with the Festival Dinner on Friday, June 8, featuring eight Prosser-area winemakers and a private concert with The Pony Boys. Winery owners and
winemakers from Coyote Canyon Winery, Columbia Crest Winery, Desert Wind Winery,
Domanico Cellars, Gamache Vintners, Ginkgo Forest Winery, Martinez & Martinez, and 14
Hands will participate on Friday, June 8 under one tent on the grassy environs between
Gamache Vintners and the Winemakers Loft in Prosser.

Main Event June 9 The main event on Saturday, June 9 commences at 10 AM with the PNWBA barbecue
competition and is followed by a full day of live music with Tri-Cities Fino, a latin-jazz fusion band, and Doc Jeebus’ Mojo Library. Horse Heaven Hills Brewery and Bale Breaker Brewing Company are brewery partners in the 2018 event. Prosser Wine Network member wineries will be stationed throughout the event.

Tickets to B…

Elentone | by Chris Sherry | Proper Fizz from Washington State

2013 Brut
Traditional Method
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Lake Chelan AVA
36 months on lees
SRP: $42
This morning, I wanted to share with you what a pleasure it was to meet winemaker Chris Sherry and Director Miguele de Quadros-Sherry of Elentone wine. Chris is a tall, soft spoken gentleman, and a truly talented winemaker. Yesterday, he was guest winemaker at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Prosser, Washington and was pouring his 2013 Elentone sparkling wine for tasting room visitors.

In the United Kingdom, sparkling wine is often referred to as “Fizz.”
Chris is originally from sunny England, he studied winemaking in France and was involved in several sparkling winemaking projects in the UK. He is an official judge for the international sparkling wine competition, Effervescents du Monde, held annually in Dijon. He left the United Kingdom to craft sparkling wine in Washington State.

Southern England is the up and coming sparkling winemaking region in the world. UK sales of Champagne…

Delightfully Drinkable | Black Magnolia 2015 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Oregon | By Real Nice Winemakers

You seldom encounter an Oregon Pinot Noir of this quality at this price. 

"I’ve missed you Oregon Pinot Noir."
I am strongly recommending the Real Nice Winemakers 2015 Black Magnolia Pinot Noir. My Pinot Noir drinkers will instantly appreciate this wine. And speaking to you non-Pinot Noir drinkers, this wine is the perfect excuse to try again. It is well crafted and priced reasonably. You can afford to give it a taste. I think you will be as pleased as I was.
"Wow. Very good. Ready to drink. Big like."

Tasting Notes Black Magnolia 2015 Pinot NoirColor: Pale ruby, clear rim.
Nose: Medium intensity, earthy raspberry, savory spice, blackcurrant, strawberry jam. Pretty.
Palate:  Medium body, fruity, bright red cherry, ripe strawberry, creamy, medium plus acidity, dry, pretty medium finish. Well done.

30 minutes: Medium ruby color. Tobacco leaf, candied fruit, ripe raspberry, perfume on the nose. Fluid, medium minus body, cranberry, cherry, strawberry, dry, medium plus acidit…

Deeply Delicious Shallow Seas 2017 Rosé Wine | Willamette Valley, Oregon

"Patio thinker into a sunset sharing wine."
Today I am pleased to share my sentiments on the second vintage of Shallow Seas Rosé, by winemaker Anthony Van Nice, of Real Nice Winemakers.

"The name and the antique diver helmet refer to our marine sedimentary soils here. The whole area was an inland seas millions of years ago and plate tectonic forces pushed this ancient seabed up to the surface. You can walk the vineyards and break apart rocks with your hands and find fossilized seas shells and other marine life."

Tasting Notes Shallow Seas 2017 Rosé
Color: Rose gold. Nose: Medium-minus intensity, minerality, dried strawberry, perfume, hint of pink grapefruit and pomegranate. Pretty. Palate: Medium minus intensity, medium body, dry, textured, tingle on tongue, Delicate flavor, savory, raspberry, cherry, juicy quince, medium finish. Lovely, nuanced flavors, focused and spot on. My speed. I like this wine, a lot.

Day two: Juicy, dry, savory, raspberry, cherry, quince jelly…