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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



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