As the summer winds down, the weather in the Columbia Valley is just perfection. Sunny, comfortable warm, just perfect for going wine tasting. No more excuses, come visit us, either after visiting the Yakima Valley, or on your way to/from Walla Walla. We have great wineries on Red Mountain and in the Tri-Cities region. And there are actual grapes on the vines - so bring your cameras.
It was my pleasure to accept an invitation to review the new perfumes of Fragrances of Wine. Fragrances of Wine is a line of custom perfumes based on the scents found in white, rose', red and sparkling wines. Perfume and wine are certainly two subjects I appreciate.
Perfume/Eau de parfum is one of the UAE’s key industries – outside of oil, gas and dates. Their perfume manufacturing industry is largely centered in Dubai. A wealth of perfume shops with brands like YAS and Ajmal, among many others, can be found in the malls and shops of Abu Dhabi. Before I lived in the UAE I’d be pressed to say I truly appreciated cologne or perfume. In 2009 it became a new passion.
Time to discover the birthplace of Washington wine
Prosser, Washington is a small town with a population of about 5,500 in the lower Yakima Valley. To the west, Mount Adams commands the horizon along with the Yakima River as it flows through Prosser to the Columbia River.
A quiet, friendly town, it is the county seat of Benton County with a vibrant agricultural based economy. I've always been struck by the small town vibe I feel walking along the tree-lined streets. It feels comfortable and familiar, a place to relax and unwind. My first memories of Prosser are warm and sunny, of sitting in the car as a child with my mother, listening to Paul Harvey on the radio. It is also where Washington Wine began. It's almost as if we grew up together.
With 35 wineries plus one distillery, Prosser is surrounded by vineyards, apple and cherry orchards, hops, mint and row crops. Prosser is within the Yakima Valley AVA, the first American Viticultural Area established within Washington Stat…
It was almost impossible to review this wine. My wife kept taking the bottle.
Reviewing the Delille Cellars 2015 Chaleur Blanc white wine was challenging. I should mention that I first reviewed the 2015 vintage in October of 2016. Loved it then too. This time, I thought I'd share with my wife while I was taking notes. Mistake? Before I knew it, half the bottle was gone, and I was only just started on my notes!
"Truly a Northwest classic!"
I had to hide the bottle just to save some wine for my day two notes and for photographs. She loved the Chaleur Blanc! Note to self, "Delille Cellars Chaleur Blanc is now one of my wife's favorite wines. Don't forget."
That is strong recommendation for this wine. From both of us!
Nose: Delicious toast, white flower, minerality, citrus. Palate: Good weight, creaminess, tart citrus and toast, lime skin, nice spike of acid mid-palate, leaned into lemon creme on the fresh medium finish. Big like. Where'd the …