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Wine of the Week – Stottle Winery 2012 Malbec Horse Heaven Hills @StottleWinery

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Just released 21 October 2015

At first taste I knew this would be a "Wine of the Week." Kudos to Josh and Amy Stottlemeyer for producing such an exceptional Washington Malbec. Expect more reviews of Stottle Winery soon. Stottle Winery and main tasting room is located in Lacey, Washington just off I-5 and north of the state capital, Olympia.

Thoughts: Ready to drink now. Wonderful with food. Well done. Decanting for an hour showed the elegance and depth of this wine. Don't wait too long to purchase this vintage. Only 110 cases were produced. Strongly Recommended + Wine of the Week.

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Tasting Notes Stottle Winery 2012 Malbec Elerding 6 Prong Vineyards

Color: Dark purple.
Nose: Candied plum, baking spice, clove, grape bubble yum in background.
Palate: Spiced plum, berry spice, chocolate, focused to middle, medium body, cherry on the finish. Tasty at open and ready to go. Enjoyed the finish.

After 15 minutes: Savory berry, sandal wood, spice. Wow, broad on the palate, rich, d…

Music: Jeremiah Craig Tour Kicks Off at Gordon Estate Wine Bar in Pasco, Washington @jeremiahcraig

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Friday, November 6, 2015 singer/songwriter Jeremiah Craig performs in Pasco.

This is your opportunity to catch Jeremiah Craig perform live next week. His show starts at 7pm on November 6th at the Gordon Estate Wine Bar in Pasco, Washington. Balladeer Jeremiah performs his own contemporary folk compositions and traditional folk songs with energy and passion. This is the kick off of his 14 city 15 show Fall Tour.
Jeremiah Craig Tour Schedule Gordon Estate Wine Bar Event Calendar Official Video of his most popular song.



"Jeremiah Craig has always loved the way great old yarn spinners can tell a story around a fire or on a barstool. Music has been a delivery method of stories for centuries and Craig tries to continue that story telling in his own songwriting. Folk ballads are his passion. He includes many story elements in his songs and he’s done so from the start of his songwriting career in the Northeastern U.S. and now continuing it in the western part of the U.S. From Washington t…

Wine 101 - Visit Washington Wineries a Beginners Guide

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a.k.a. The Best Day to go Wine Tasting

Today I want to share some information with those new to visiting Washington wineries and tasting rooms. Consider it a Wine 101 FAQ. My original intent was to focus on the best day to go wine tasting. As I began to write, I realized I needed to expand on the topic. As I continued to write, the more I wanted to share. It is difficult for me to write short posts lacking depth.



This is part of an evolving series on visiting Washington wine country.

Now that I am pouring wine again on a semi-regular basis at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, I am enjoying the many customer conversations about Washington wine and wine in general. The list of wines I pour from at the Clore Center changes monthly. And each day I pour, the wines I pour will change throughout the day. I relish working in a dynamic environment that exposes me to new Washington wineries and diverse styles of winemaking. Every day is different.

There are a couple of regulars I now r…

Wine 101 - Tasting Room Etiquette

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Part of an ongoing series on visiting Washington wine country.

Are you going wine tasting?  Here's what you need to know when visiting a winery tasting room.

1. Wine Tasting is not Drinking
Going wine tasting it is about tasting wine, not drinking. Some people you bump into at the wineries are going for volume - bad form.

2. Tasting Fee
Many wineries do have a tasting room fee of about $5. Be prepared to pay to taste - be thankful if the winery you visit has no tasting fee (some wineries discount the tasting fee from your purchase - bonus). A modest tasting fee does help defray the cost of pouring wine - it also helps to discourage those out just for a buzz.

3. Ask Questions
If you are going to the effort of visiting wine country, then ask questions while you are at the winery. Who made the wine? What is in the bottle? How old is the winery?  Etc. This is your opportunity to educate yourself about the winery, wine and wine industry. Ask and learn!

4. Spitting is Okay
If you don't …

A Visit with Dunham Cellars on the Eve of their 20th Anniversary, Walla Walla, Washington

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“Eric wanted it, Michael made it happen, I supported it.” Joanne Dunham
Last week I visited Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington as they prepare to celebrate their 20th anniversary. They have earned many deserved accolades over the years, they have acted and remained true to their ideals and realized successful growth. In recent years the Dunham family has also experienced heart rending loss.

What makes for a great bottle of wine and successful winery?

While it is easy to see what is close and accessible, as in the obvious wine in bottle and glass, for they are of unmistakable quality at Dunham Cellars, what is not always apparent are the people who took the risk to found the winery, those who are present, those who are missed, those who now labor in the vineyards and tonight in the cellar. All of these people are part of the details and perspective essential to the creation of truly wonderful wines. And Dunham Cellars wines are truly wonderful. I have learned that much and more.