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Our Wine Country Road Trip to Willamette Valley in Oregon and Walla Walla in Washington

For years leading up to our 20th Wedding Anniversary, Steve and I thought about where we’d like to travel to celebrate such a hallmark of our time together. Since falling in love with wine country, we thought it would be nice to visit a wine region and enjoy the relaxation it has to offer. We […]

Methode Champenoise for Sparkling Wine at Karma Vineyards

  During our trip to Lake Chelan Wine Valley, we had a bubbly brunch at the beautiful winery grounds of Karma Vineyards. Sparkling wines were poured from Karma as well as other local wineries, including Hard Row to Hoe and Cairdeas Winery . The owner of Karma Julie Pittsinger walked us through the Karma vineyard and showed us […]

Day 3 of #WBC13: Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive in British Columbia, CA

On our second day at the Wine Bloggers Conference 2013, we joined the Farm Excursion, which took us to a selection of Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive wineries, including Thornhaven, Heaven’s Gate, and the Okanagan Crush Pad. These wineries are located along or near highway 97 in Summerland, British Columbia, just North of Penticton, BC (where the […]

Day 2 of #WBC13: Opening Night of Constellation Wineries, Okanagan, BC

We arrived in Penticton, Canada, for the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference and we’re whisked away to a lovely evening under the stars tasting the wine of the Great Estates of Okanagan wineries at the See Ya Later Ranch. Here are some pics from the great welcome event Con.stel.la.tion (A Collection of Stars):       […]

#10 Live Blogging #WBC13: See Ya Later 2011 Jimmy My Pal White Blend

Jimmy My Pal (named after the ranch’s original owner’s dog) is made of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. According to the winery rep, blending expresses the winemaker’s artistic ability. It’s a higher acid than you would expect from a Pinot Gris. The history of See Ya Later ranch dates back to pre-WW1. They have  beautiful […]

#9 Live Blogging #WBC13: 2012 Intrigue Wines 12 White Blend

This white blend is Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gerwurztraminer, and Muscat Canelli. They planted 5 years ago and wanted to stick with whites, mostly Riesling. Very refreshing wine fermented in stainless steel. Highly recommend and it’s price friendly: $14.90. Alcohol: 12.8%. Roundness from the Gerwurz. Finish is slightly sweet.

#8 Live Blogging #WBC13: La Petite Paille 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc is from a small lot on a family-owned winery. The wine is designed to go with food. The winery sits on an extinct volcano. Alcohol: 10.9%. Price is $16.90. Medium acid. Subtle aromatics.

#7 Live Blogging #WBC13: 2012 Upper Bench Riesling

A young Riesling from Upper Bench with .98% sugar with citrusy notes and pleasingly aromatic. Off dry and medium acid. It’s not a sipping wine. But it’s bright and lively. Price is $22. Long, cool stainless steel fermentation. Alcohol: 12.7%. Bottled in April 2013. Check out their Curds and Corks wine club. If you lay […]

#6 Live Blogging #WBC: Mt. Boucherie Summit Reserve 2010 Chardonnay

This 2010 Chardonnay won a gold from the Canadian wine awards. It is from Similkameen Valley. The vineyards are about 35 years old. Barrel fermented with nine months in French oak with ML (Malolactic Fermentation). Rich, smooth Chard. $25. Rich and buttery.

#5 Live Blogging #WBC13: 2010 Township 7 Chardonnay

2010 Township 7 Chardonnay is named after a tax assessment. Kept in French and American barrels about 9 months. Creamy Chard that has a bigger roundness due to lees stirring (when the wine and grape skins are agitated). Light fruit with soft honey on the palate. The price is $24.99 CAN. Snaps to the winemakers […]

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