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Folks just remember, not all great wines come from CA. Oregon and Washington produce some outstanding wines at a nice price!!!




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I work at a wine bar in Portland that specializes in NW wines. If you ever get a chance to go wine wasting in Walla Walla, don't pass it up. Best wine tasting area I've ever been two. The wineries of the NW don't have the sprawling estates of the Napa vintners. Instead they have parcels tucked everywhere from Okanogan to Hood River.

As a result, they are free to set up shop anywhere they darn well please. So the majority of the wineries purchased tasting rooms in Downtown or in a cool stretch of converted hangars out by the airport. Basically you can wine taste without having to drive. Take a cab out to the airport and sample 20 wineries, then head back downtown to get a little more in you before a tasty dinner in one of the great restaurants.

Walla Walla also has a good range of interesting grapes and styles you won't find anywhere except maybe the fingers lakes in NY. You can find reasonable prices Ice Wines or Semilions or maybe a late-harvest Gurvertz. It's great place to find inexpensive (and good) desert wines. A lot of CA restaurants are starting to figure out that it's a much better to a buy a $18 split from WA than it is to spring for some crazy German import for $38.

And I'd put some Walla Walla cabs head-to-head with their $200 CA counterparts.

Oregon is also doing great with Spanish and Italian varietals. And syrah from Del Rio in Southern OR is dy-no-mite.

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Well Chateau St. Michelle makes a rather nice Reisling too. Horse Heaven Hills area (is that an AVA?) produce some rather nice wines in Washington. Pinots? What about Argyle from Oregon?????
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Argyle's Pinots are fantastic. We pour their Nuthouse by the glass.

Seven Hills also makes a nice reisling that's not as sweet and germanish as Chateu St. Michel. Seven hills is also one of the bigger winers that some of the local makers buy from. There are a lot of NW winemakers doing really cool blends and a lot of times they'll include grapes from the Seven Hills or Pepperbridge estate. It's almost like a co-op situation.

Horse Haven Hills is it's own ]AVA. The vines are on a pretty barren piece of land. It's funny driving that way in the summer because the landscape is complete brown and gold with patches of green vineyards.


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Sounds like you know your wines!!!
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Just had a bottle of Chateau St. Michelle Indian Wells Chardonay and a few glasses of Lockwood (Monterey County AVA) Sauv. Blanc at a dinner party (both from me by the way!) and both were delicious. Really suprised at the subtle taste characteristics of the Chard. Nice balance and just the right amount of French Oak. The Sauv. Blanc had nice melon, and Stainless Steal fermentation to balance out a nice, tasty bottle of wine that sells retail for under $10. Helps that I have a case of it too!!!!!

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Try Carmel Valley (Heller Estates-organic winery is my favorite). $1,[sign in to see URL] is ridiculous for wine, unless your wife happens to be Paris Hilton or something....
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Folks just remember, not all great wines come from CA. Oregon and Washington produce some outstanding wines at a nice price!!!




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I work at a wine bar in Portland that specializes in NW wines. If you ever get a chance to go wine wasting in Walla Walla, don't pass it up. Best wine tasting area I've ever been two. The wineries of the NW don't have the sprawling estates of the Napa vintners. Instead they have parcels tucked everywhere from Okanogan to Hood River.

As a result, they are free to set up shop anywhere they darn well please. So the majority of the wineries purchased tasting rooms in Downtown or in a cool stretch of converted hangars out by the airport. Basically you can wine taste without having to drive. Take a cab out to the airport and sample 20 wineries, then head back downtown to get a little more in you before a tasty dinner in one of the great restaurants.

Walla Walla also has a good range of interesting grapes and styles you won't find anywhere except maybe the fingers lakes in NY. You can find reasonable prices Ice Wines or Semilions or maybe a late-harvest Gurvertz. It's great place to find inexpensive (and good) desert wines. A lot of CA restaurants are starting to figure out that it's a much better to a buy a $18 split from WA than it is to spring for some crazy German import for $38.

And I'd put some Walla Walla cabs head-to-head with their $200 CA counterparts.

Oregon is also doing great with Spanish and Italian varietals. And syrah from Del Rio in Southern OR is dy-no-mite.



I actually like the Red Diamond stuff ... Trader Joe's has the cab and merlot.



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The yearly wine crush is upon us very soon gentleman. The brix are approaching their proper levels and when that happens (in a few weeks) most the wineries have some pretty cool tastings of different varieties from last year before it's transferred to bottles. Plus, the vineyards looks stunningly beautiful in the Fall (although because the seasons are getting shorter and shorter that won't be for a little while).

My father has a vineyard in Napa which means he's summoning me and my friends for a weekend of painstaking physical labor. Too bad I don't know any of you guys personally. I have an entire fridge stocked with his wine and it's taking up space for store bought bottles.

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I too have way too much wine. But then again, I work for one of the largest wine distributors in teh USA. UCLAgrad, what is your fathers winery called???
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