Anelare Wines Spring Release
Spring is in the air in the Columbia Valley. This is the time of year when many wineries host Spring Release Events. Think wine, food and Anelare, Anelare Wines. I was invited to the Anelare Spring Release Event to sample their lovely wines. They have exciting news to share.
"A family has brought together their hearts and minds in a common desire to make the perfect wine. Continuing the tradition with award winning star winemaker Charlie Hoppes. Having Charlie join us is the perfect pairing at the perfect time."
Anelare Wines News
A New Wine Boss
Award-winning Fidélitas creator Charlie Hoppes has joined Anelare to develop the family winery’s next vintages with a focus on a more personal and interactive experience.
A New Tasting Room
In June 2014 Anelare Wines anticipates the opening of their new, permanent home. A combination winery and tasting room is under construction. Located off of I82 and Benton City. This 1000 case winery will have new digs for entertaining guests.
A New Tasting Room Manager
Along with their new Tasting Room, Anelare Wines has a new Tasting Room Manager, Kim Gravenslund. I personally worked with Kim at Barnard Griffin Winery in Richland, Washington for two years. This is another wise decision by this well respected winery. Read more at Wine Press Northwest - April 9, 2014.
Wines I Tasted
Anyone living in Eastern Washington, near a Yokes Grocery must seek out the Zio Red. Zio means "Uncle" in Italian. This $15 bottle of red wine was smooth and friendly. It had plenty of character to please me and I believe it is one of the best values in Washington wine. Blend 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot. This is a new favorite.
Production: 198 cases.
A lovely blend of 50% Rousanne and 50% Viognier from the Red Mountain AVA. It was light and pretty with peach and chalk, semi-sweet. I would pair this wine with spicy Asian food.
Production 100 cases.
Sadly, I was informed that this Anelare Merlot was almost gone. Think big tasty red wine. This is 100% Merlot from Gamache vineyards. It was deep and complex with a Great finish. This wine was held an extra 6 months until it was ready.
Production 50 cases.
* Anelare Wines are also available in Spokane, Washington at Nectar Tasting Room.
** Find out what all the excitement is about Anelare Wines. You can taste Anelare Wines at the 2014 Revelry on Red Mountain May 24th.
|Anelare Wines Cindy Campbell, left, and managing partner Kahryn Alexander, right.|
New Location Coming Soon!
19205 N. McBee Road NW
Benton City, WA 99320
For inquiries or orders call: (509) 521-8926
“Anelare” is Italian for “desire” or “yearn for.”
|Dr. Jim and Cindy Campbell.|
Anelare is a private, limited bottling winery that sells its wine primarily to its wine club members. Anelare is credited with producing many award-winning select wines, including one of its early vintages, the 2007 Anelare “Ciel du Cheval” Syrah, which took double gold honors at the 2010 Seattle Wine Awards. The winery, co-owned by long-time Tri-Citians and husband and wife teams Forrest and Kahryn Alexander and Dr. Jim and Cindy Campbell, bottles approximately 800 cases each year.