In Seattle this week Iâ€™ve discovered two nice wines you might want to check out!
- Grape Variety: 100% Syrah
- Aroma: Warm spice and berries.
- Taste:Â Extremely smooth and flavorful wine of blackberry and spice (from the oak aging) with a nice lingering finish.
- Price: $12
- My thoughts: My girlfriend picked up a bottle of this in Leavenworth, Washington at a tasting room. It was an extremely easy to drink red wine full of berry flavor and perfect for a cold Autumn night.
Out to dinner atÂ Tilth RestaurantÂ (organic new American cuisine from James Beard award winning chef Maria Hines), I discovered this one. Hestia is a small family owned and operated winery making wine in the Snoqualmie River Valley not far from Seattle. Their grapes come from four small vineyards in the Columbia Valley AVA.
- Grape Variety: 100% Chenin Blanc
- Aroma: Melon and honey.
- Taste: Dry and crisp acidity, medium body with melon, citrus and honey notes.
- My thoughts:Â I really enjoyed this wine! Itâ€™s aged in stainless steel tanks for five months which gives it a nice balance of minerality and fruit. More medium bodied than a Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio and not as grapefruit forward as a Sauvignon Blanc. Unfortunately this wine is sold out on their website as only 200 cases were made. But keep an eye out for the 2011. Can you believe when I went to their website for more info I saw their winemaker/owner and I share the same name, Shannon Jones?!?! Must go meet him.
Chenin Blanc, Hestia Cellars, Maria Hines, Pasek Cellars, Syrah, Tilth Restaurant, Washington Wine