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April Wine News

Posted on 2nd April, by DrinkGal in Ken's Wine Picks. No Comments

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Rosé is here! Spring’s arrival always coincides with the arrival of our favorite pink wines! Rosés began trickling in towards the end of March, and by mid-month this month, we should be in full swing. Rosé, as explored in the past, covers a wide flavor profile; from very dry to very sweet, and everything in between. The main variables determining the type of flavor profile being: region, grape varietals, and length of time of skin contact with the juice. Judging from past sales numbers, the most popular rosés are also the most dry. Highlighted are a few that have already arrived from our favorite producers.

2011 Triennes Provence, France, $14.99  “Made from grapes pressed following only a very brief period of skin contact. The result is a very light pink color. Aromatics include red fruits and candy, followed by a harmonious …


7 Ways to Celebrate Washington Wine Month

Posted on 24th February, by DrinkGal in Ken's Wine Picks. No Comments

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March is Washington Wine Month! There are many great wines being produced right here at home that it would be impossible to try them all. In fact, with now over 750 registered wineries in the state, one would be hard pressed to try one wine from each winery in the course of a year, let alone in a month. I thought it would be a great time to highlight can’t-miss, must-try Washington wines. Use this as your guide to Washington Wine Month, as I present seven solid selections of varying price points and multiple AVAs for you to choose from.

Treveri Cellars Sparkling Pinot Gris NV, $13. Yakima Valley. After meeting with and tasting through the lineup, it is tough to pick just one from this sparkling-only producer out of Yakima. All phenomenal. They also produce sparkling Chardonnay, Mueller-Thurgau, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, …


Rosé! Rosé! Rosé!

Posted on 30th May, by DrinkGal in Ken's Wine Picks. No Comments

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Ladies and gentlemen, 2010 rosé has officially landed! A sure sign of springtime, evoking evenings filled with dinner parties on the deck, barbecues in the park, and long evenings cooling off by the lake. More and more, I am slowly convincing people that rosé is fantastic to enjoy all year round, but also can understand and respect the apprehension. Regardless, it is time to rejoice, for rosé is finally here.

The varying bright pink hues have to do with the amount of time the wine comes into contact with the grape skins during fermentation. Some rosés see more skin time than others, and thus become deeper and darker in color. Other rosés just have a kiss of pink, and tend to be on the drier side. Ultimate brightness and freshness are when they are consumed young, within a year or so. …


Spring Wine Roundup

Posted on 12th April, by DrinkGal in Ken's Wine Picks. No Comments

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Wine Tasting Event!

Save the date! Saturday April 16th has been designated for our Spring Tasting in conjunction with the Lakewood-Seward Park Community Club from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. This annual event is always a great way to kick off spring time. Cost is $25 at the door, or you can purchase your admission online at www.lspcc.org/winetasting.html, and receive a FREE raffle ticket for one of the many prizes. Grab your neighbors and friends and join us as we work our way from Prosecco to Zinfandel, and a little bit of everything else in between. Generally there are upwards of 50 wines to sample, with light snacks of cheese, crackers and coffee available as well. Leschi Market also offers a special 13% event discount on wine orders placed that night. We look forward to it, and we hope to see as many …


Celebrate Washington Wine Month

Posted on 20th February, by DrinkGal in Ken's Wine Picks. No Comments

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March is right around the corner, and it’s Washington Wine Month! There are so many great wines being produced, it would be impossible to try them all. In fact, with now over 700 wineries on record in the state, one would be hard pressed to try one wine from each winery in the course of a year, let alone in a month. I thought it would be a great time to highlight can’t-miss Washington wines. Some are old favorites, others may be more boutique or new. There is a solid selection of varying price points for you to choose from, so taste with confidence!

2007 Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah, Walla Walla Valley ($45). You will notice a common thread throughout, beginning here. 2007 vintages from Washington should not be missed. The ideal growing season translated to some truly amazing wines, which …