Caymus 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon

    Bring on a juicy steak and a glass of Caymus Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and celebrate the vineyard’s 40th anniversary in style. If you love big, velvety, opulent Cabernets, this one is for you. So smooth and silky, this Cab glides across your palate, showing off the near-perfect conditions for the 2012 vintage in Napa Valley.

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    Lauren Ashton Cellars

    Lauren Ashton Cellars launched in Washington wine country in 2009, when Kit Singh, a dentist, decided to apply his knowledge of chemistry with his appreciation of wine and his training in viticulture and enology. Keeping it in the family, he named his winery after his two children and reflected his wife’s Estonian heritage by creating bottle labels with photos of her home country.

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    Time to Party with Alexandria Nicole Cellars

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the wonderful people at Alexandria Nicole Cellars know how to party! And even better, they know how to throw a great party too. Every year, ANC holds a Harvest Party in the Vines for wine club members at their estate Destiny Ridge Vineyard. Every year, the party is a resounding success. This year’s Harvest Party is on Sept.

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    Another Favorite Winery in McLaren Vale, Australia

    When we were in Australia in May, we received many recommendations to stop by Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards, the oldest McLaren Vale winery still in founding family hands. We are so glad we followed that advice. The Shiraz is spectacular, and the vineyards are steeped in history. Kay Brothers was established on February 2, 1891, and a diary has been kept every day since.

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    August Brings the Auction of Washington Wines

    One of our favorite summer events is the Auction of Washington Wines, a glamorous and fun weekend that benefits Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. This August marks the 27th year of the event, which has raised more than $30 million since 1988. The weekend kicks off early with the Picnic & Barrel Auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle on Aug.

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    Double Canyon-New Winemaker, New Wine

    We recently became big fans of Double Canyon, established just seven years ago in Horse Heaven Hills, and named for the two ravines that run through the property in central Washington state. Double Canyon’s first wine, a 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Double Canyon Vineyard, was awarded 93 points from Wine Spectator.

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    Don’t Miss Chateau St. Michelle’s Summer Concert Series

    There are still tickets left for some of the first-rate performers at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Summer Concert Series, at the scenic outdoor amphitheater on the beautiful winery grounds in Woodinville. It’s a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon or evening. And this week is supposed to be sunny and in the 80s, so you can’t miss! Pretty surroundings, fine Chateau Ste.

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    Mollydooker Wines-Part 2

    As promised in our previous blog post, Mollydooker-Part 1, we want to share information about Sparky and Sarah Marquis’ unique “Marquis Fruit Weight™,” along with other stories we heard from Sparky’s dad, Leigh Gawith, who is also the vineyard manager. Sparky and Leigh are both pictured on the right in a photo we took during our visit.

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    Mollydooker Wines-Part 1

    Our visit to Mollydooker‘s Cellar Door highlighted our travels to McLaren Vale last month. A “cellar door” in Australia is the equivalent of a “tasting room” in the U.S. and Canada.

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    Franciscan Estate

    Since 1975, Franciscan Estate has produced wine in the Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon is king. So we were delighted to receive samples of 2011 Franciscan Estate Cab and Merlot to taste.

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    Angel Vine Wine

    Angel Vine is an Oregon winery specializing in Washington Zinfandel and Primitivo, and to a lesser extent, Petite Sirah. The wine is made by Ed Fus in one of our favorite places in Oregon wine country, Carlton, but the grapes come from Washington state: Walla Walla Valley, Horse Heaven Hills and Wahluke Slope.

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    Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series

    The first sign of summer, to us, isn’t the arrival of the magnificent cherry blossoms or the longer hours of daylight. Rather, it’s the   announcement of the first-rate performers at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Summer Concert Series. We attend one of the concerts at the scenic outdoor amphitheater every year, and regardless of whom we see, we always have a fabulous time.

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    What’s in Our Glasses Lately?

    We’ve had many reasons to celebrate in the last few months — birthdays, anniversaries and vacations — and what better time to pull out a bottle of fine Washington state wine from our cellar? We also found some good-value reds lately — how can you miss at $14-$16 for Washington state juice? So here is a mix of Washington state wine, at a wide range of prices — from $14-$75 — in alphabetical o.

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    Spring is in the Air at Six Seven Restaurant

    We can’t think of a better way to celebrate spring than having a five-star meal at the award-winning Six Seven Restaurant at The Edgewater, one of Seattle’s most stunning hotels. Let us start out by saying run, don’t walk, to this gorgeous spot on the pier, where you will experience an explosion of tastes sure to please every palate.

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    Reserve – A limited amount of tickets left

    Run, don’t walk, to pick up tickets to the newest wine tasting event in the Seattle area, featuring two unique opportunities to experience the best wines in Woodinville – all rated above 90. And that’s why we say “Hurry!” This stellar lineup will be poured on April 25 at Willows Lodge in Woodinville: Reserve: Featuring more than 30 wineries pouring 90+ rated wines, this event starts at 7 p.

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