Skip to main content
Spring Release in Walla Walla
Spring Release is when the wineries celebrate the season and showcase their new releases.  There are over a hundred wineries in Walla Walla, if you have never been there I highly recommend going even if you don’t care for wine.  This wine growing region has a historic downtown which is so charming with restaurants, boutique shops, caf├ęs, and tasting rooms.  Outside of downtown, you will find beautifully kept historic homes in the residential neighborhoods. 
We didn’t save the best for last, we started out with the best and the rest that day was held in comparison.  Saturday morning we set out for Dumas Station which is located out in Dayton, a 20 minute or so drive from Walla Walla, you drive thru some beautiful fields and pastures.  I first heard about Dumas Station from LD, her first time to Walla Walla she came back raving about  “Cow Catcher Red” a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 6% Syrah and 5% Petit Verdot.
 When I visited Walla Walla for Fall Release 2011, I too fell in love with Cow Catcher Red , it has such a deep fruity flavor and silky finish.  However, my favorite became their 2008 Merlot for its lush flavor with a great finish.   For the first time they released a Cab Franc and it sold out during the Spring Release weekend, so glad I joined the wine club and was able to get some!  It has such deep rich color, wonderful balance of flavor and a beautiful long lasting finish.  Their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon with its rich aroma, full-bodied texture and a spicy and smoky velvet finish is a great Cab to fill out your wine rack.  I have included a link to the Dumas Station website below; you need to read about their interesting history.
We visited many more wineries than I can put all in one post, I will be sharing more of that in future….Cheers!  Denise


Popular posts from this blog

Cheers, Chin-Chin, Salute! The sound made by the twisting of a cork, followed by a loud pop and the crackling of effervesce means there is a celebration to come, christening an important moment and memory’s to be made.   Significant occasions warrant a significant bubbly selection, here are a few notes to help you make your selection: Spumante is Italian sparkling wine, means “foamy” which can refer to all sparkling Italian wines, tends to be sweet. Presseco is an Italian sparkling dry white wine made from Grera grape primary grown in the Presseco region of Italy. Brut is a term used sometimes for the driest sparkling wines which means it has less sugar than those labeled extra dry. Champagne is a wine producing region in the far north of France near Paris.   Though used as a term to describe sparkling wine, true Champagne is aged longer than sparkling wine so can be dryer in taste. The most prestigist brand of Champagne Don Perignon is produced by Moet & Cha
If you are driving along Highway 101 past Port Angeles Washington and you see this sign…. STOP!  You will find the most unexpected fantastic wine lineup and experience.  Not just because Harbinger Winery is such a random out of the way place, but from their wide variety of wines offered which all have great fruit and depth of flavor. Starting from their White Table Wine, to their poplar Dynamo Red Blend, a wonderful Malbec, my favorite Sangiovese with rich rustic flavors, to the ever so surprising Blackberry Bliss. Check out their website for their wines and great pairing ideas. Cheers! Denise
  Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon - Chenin Blanc I’ve recently enjoyed three wines that reminded me of warm spring days on the back deck with good friends, sipping good wine. Olalla Winery produced a 2014 Merlot (Kilted Scotsman – Conner Lee Merlot) – this deep rich inky wine is not like any merlot you have ever experienced.     Each sip is lush, full of flavor and complexity.   I was recently introduced to Caymus Vineyards out of Napa Valley.   Their 2014 and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is so amazing.   Words fail to describe this deep dark wine.   It is so full of fruit and very smooth on the finish. Because of Denise’s recent research into Biodynamic wines, I tried an organic 100% French Chenin Blanc varietal from the Anjou, Loire Valley region .   It is full of fruit flavor but low in sugar.   I was able to enjoy several glasses with no side effects. There are so many wonderful wines out there today and I look forward to tasting and sharing them with all of you. Cheers, LaDo