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2017 Wine For The Weekend Wrap Up

December 29, 2017

Ah, another year and the adventures in wine were numerous.  A lot of time was spent in and around Zillah, WA.   The wineries and vineyards there are worth a day trip east.

This curated wine list includes wines that stood out amongst many that were shared with family and friends.    Each an exclamation point to a fond personal memory in 2017 but also excellent wines worth a try………

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Severino Raven’s Rose’:  Rose’ all year ’round is my theme.  But Rose’ took on a whole new meaning this last summer as temperatures reached 110 in eastern Washington.  After working in the scorching temps to build, plan, plant, and even watering plants for a new farm operation bottles of this wine were shared with family and friends.  This dry light, floral, pink rose colored wine was like gold at the end of a rainbow each day as we finished up farm chores.   Even the men amongst us became believers in the charm of a great rose’.

Martinez and Martinez Mae Mae Rose’: Always a favorite and a wine to celebrate with.  Made of the best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA by grower/winemakers Andrew and Sergio Martinez.  The wine has a fruity aroma with notes of bing cherries and strawberries.  Wild sockeye salmon pink, well-balanced acidity, and sweetness with bursting flavors of crushed berries, rhubarb, strawberries and cherries.  This is a fantastic wine from an amazing winery in Prosser, WA.  What I love about this winery is that it’s a father/son operation filled with supporting roles of family and friends.  As they say on the bottle.  Best served amidst family and friends!


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Dineen Vineyards 2013 Heritage Red Wine

I Discovered Dineen Vineyards on a very warm summer day.  Tucked away in the hills of the Rattlesnake Hills AVA, Dineen Vineyard’s primary focus is growing the grapes.   They do, though, seem to have a knack for making wine and offer a gracious and welcoming tasting room experience.  With around 500 cases made you may not find Dineen Vineyards wine widely distributed or in your local grocery store.    That’s O.K. I highly recommend making the trip over to Zillah to grab a bottle of any of their wines particularly the Heritage Red Wine.  An elegant, bold, balanced Bordeaux blend.  An award-winning wine that is a great vineyard to bottle wine that stands on its own.  The Heritage 2013 vintage won silver at the 2017 Seattle Wine awards.


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Fidelitas 2014 Optu Red – Red Mountain

A fan of big red blends a mention must be made about a wine coming out of the Red Mountain AVA.  Fidelitas Wines are always consistent, reliable, balanced and an excellent choice if you want to discover the magic of Red Mountain.  Fidelitas 2014 Optu Red meets all those Red Mountain expectations.  A nice Bordeaux blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 4 % Cabernet Franc.  The winemaker’s descriptive words about this wine are muscular and polished.  Words I can get behind.  The Optu Red also offers the disciplined approach of winemaking that brings the fruit to life offering floral, earthy aromas,  rich plum, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors finishing with refined tannins.  A great wine to end 2017 with and one to ring in the new year.

As 2017 comes to an end another year begins.   Each new year offers new beginnings and a reflection of the past.  Writing about wine and real estate is a reminder of the most valuable of these things, family, friends, home, and that sense of place.

Share the wine and you may find the true meaning of these words:

“[I]t is the wine that leads me on, the wild wine that sets the wisest man to sing at the top of his lungs, laugh like a fool—it drives the man to dancing… it even tempts him to blurt out stories better never told.”  ~ Homer

Cheers to a fabulous 2018!



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