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Showing posts from September, 2010

A Goodbye to Summer

Wines not Reviewed now Reviewed Say goodbye to summer friends, it’s gone and now it’s time to welcome fall and cooler weather. Fall in the Columbia Valley is one of my favorite seasons. Crisp mornings, clear skies, warm comfortable clothing and the essential fruit hanging from the vines. While a cool season has delayed harvest by a couple of weeks, I'm told the fruit of the year is of excellent quality. Growers and wineries will be very busy for the next several months. Although I look forward to enjoying the 2010 vintage next year and in the years to come, today I’d like to reminisce about some of the wines I enjoyed this summer. I have not figured out a practical method for documenting all the wines I enjoy. In some instances, I am able to photograph the wine, but lack the time to properly review them. Facebook and twitter assist to partially “document” some of these wines. But, I’m often left with just the memory of the wine. Friends and special occasions can help to reinfor

A Visit to Masquerade Wine Company

A Red Mountain Winery There’s a winemaker with his own unique vision who’s moved to the Red Mountain AVA. His name is Bill Kimmerly, the winery is named Masquerade Wine Company. I had the pleasure of visiting with Bill last Friday afternoon. Some of you may remember Masquerade as a Prosser winery, but Masquerade Wine Company is now a Red Mountain winery. Bill and his wife Jennifer have had quite the adventure, moving from California to Washington State and from Prosser to Red Mountain. I found their story a fascinating read; Bill tells a good tale about their many adventures in the world of wine - it's on their website . Entry to Masquerade Wine Company. While Masquerade is not on the Red Mountain Sunset Road, they are just across the street and part of the Red Mountain AVA. You’ll pass them either entering or leaving the Red Mountain area. They have a newer, larger, better secured sign on their property – you can’t miss it. The road to the tasting room is framed by sagebru

Wine Wednesday at thinkspace

Spreading the Word - I'd Love to Attend a Wine Wednesday Seattle Wine Gal (Barbara Evans) is hosting Wine Wednesday at thinkspace , in Redmond, WA on Wednesday, September 8th from 5-8pm register at Eventbrite if you are not a thinkspace member. This months theme: Meet the Creators of Children's Educational Math Game Application Kosmic Math! With WineMaker: Kevin Correll of Barrage Cellars . Partial Food Sponsorship Provided by Coho Cafe and Vantage Seafood. Bring a bottle o’ wine and a snack to share and come meet, greet, and tweet with some of Seattle’s most amazing noggins! The second Wednesday of each month, they are featuring one of the local ‘over-achievers’, who will share insights and stories while you mingle and sip on wine at thinkspace! They occasionally have on-site wine maker tastings and mini-seminars, as well as raffles. This is a Monthly Social Meet and Greet… with wine on the second Wednesday of each month at  thinkspace 1st floor ‘Geo Thermal’ roo