Two friends on an adventure to learn and enjoy great wine. Thought we would share as we go, please come along with us.....LD & D
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With this hot summer all the Rose’ wines being produced have been fun to try. I had the honor and privilege to judge at the recent Rose' Revival in Seattle and found Kaella Winery from Woodenville as one that really stood out with its well balanced fruit, textured structure, while being full in the mouth and remaining completely fresh. This is a great summer wine to try.
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