Summer Sale 2018

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There’s no theme to this list of sale wines except we need their places at the shop. Enjoy!

Label_FR_Nalys Blanc_squareDomaine de Nalys 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Southern Rhône, France // Reg $45.99 | 25% OFF = $34.49
This wine is at its prime, and we’re on our last case. We’ve been direct importing Domaine du Nalys since 2011. A year ago, they kindly gave us notice that they had been purchased by a much bigger winery, so Jens went about looking for a replacement. Our new line is waiting in the back room for a spot on the shelf. In the meantime, you can enjoy this wonderful wine at a killer price. Or buy it and save it for the holidays — Thanksgiving would be perfect (if you can wait)!! Complex notes of citrus & white flowers with a lovely minerality.

Label_FR_Adrien Vacher Abymes Jacquere_square_V3Adrien Vacher 2016 Abymes
Savoie, France // Reg $17.99 | 25% OFF = $13.49
From the French Alps! 100% Jacquere. Floral & fruit notes with traces of lemon, grapefruit & pineapple. Tart & lively with lush notes of honeysuckle. A hint of herbal spice on the finish.Go exploring!

Adrien Vacher 2016 Mondeuse
Savoie, France // Reg $19.99 | 25% OFF = $14.99
Black cherries with hints of currants and forest
Palate: Lighter in body, but full of flavors! Macerated raspberries, currants, cherries and black berries soaked in bay leaves and black peppercorns. Hints of sour red plums peek out from the grippy tannins but does not override the sense of oregano & thyme.

Label_FR_Haut de Mourier Viognier_square_v2Domaine Haut de Mourier 2015 Viognier

Languedoc, France // Reg $15.99 | 25% OFF = $11.99
Bouquet of apricots, peaches and violet. Peach, apple, pear, lavender and honey on the palette. Round and soft, fresh and well-balanced. Light sweetness and spicy fragrance.

Château du Grand Caumont 2015 Cuvée Tradition Corbières Blanc
Languedoc, France // Reg $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
Flinty gold in color. Ripe yellow apples, white flowers on the nose. Rich baked summer apples, oil and lime citrus. Full-bodied. Wonderful food wine: white or red meat, barbecues, delicatessen meats, fish and shellfish, mixed salads, poultry, pizzas, fruit salads, summer desserts.

Label_FR_Grand Caumont Rose_squareChâteau du Grand Caumont 2016 Cuvée Tradition Corbières Rosé
Languedoc, France // Reg $14.99 | INSIDER $11.99 | 25% OFF = $8.99
Blend of Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc. Salmon pink in color. Refreshing summer raspberries on the nose. Round. Fresh. Citrus, flowers, rose and white pepper notes.

Domaine de Herbauges 2014 Muscadet Côte du Granlieu Sur Lie
Loire Valley, France // Reg $14.99 | INSIDER $13.99 | 25% OFF = $10.49
Scents of light white flowers. Rich body with lemon oil as well as lemon and lime citrus, minerals and acidity.

Label_FR_Bigotiere Muscadet 2016_squareChâteau de la Bigotiere 2014 Muscadet
Loire Valley, France // Reg $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
This drier style Muscadet has fresh light fruit notes with some stony qualities. Hints of lemon citrus. Oysters! 2009 Gold Medal Paris

Secret de Berticot 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Côtes de Duras, France // Reg $13.99 | 25% OFF = $10.49
Fresh citrus- lemon, lime, grapefruit and litchi notes. Refreshing!

La Togata 2014 Barengo Toscana Rosso
Tuscany, Italy // Reg $23.99 | 25% OFF = $17.99
A baby Brunello! 100% Sangiovese. Scents of rose petals, ripe black berries. Rich and silky with notes of luscious dark cherry touting hints of tobacco and cedar box.

Label_IT_Scopone Rosso di Montalcino_squareScopone 2013 Rosso di Montalcino
Tuscany, Italy // Reg $23.99 | INSIDER $14.99 | 25% OFF = $11.24
BIG. Open the day before you want to drink it to enjoy scents of vanilla, rose petals, ripe black berries. Rich and silky with notes of luscious dark cherry fruit.

Giuseppe Savini 2016 “Rondineto” Pecorino
Abruzzo, Italy // Reg $12.99 | 25% OFF = $9.74
Luminous straw yellow. Floral with tree fruit notes. Delicate apple and pear fruit balanced with citrus with a fresh, mineral roundness.

Label_IT_Savini Montepulciano_squareGiuseppe Savini 2012 “Colleventano” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Abruzzo, Italy // Reg $15.99 | 25% OFF = $11.99
Violets, currants, light spice on the nose. Rich cherries , currants with light earthiness on finish. Pizza!

Palazzo Malgara 2016 Inzolia
Sicily, Italy // Reg $15.99 | 25% OFF = $11.99
Bouquet of white flowers, lemon citrus. Rich, good structure, subtle herbs, kiwi and lemon fruit.

Label_CA_Wish Cab_square_v2Wish Wine Co. 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
North Coast, California // Reg $16.99 | INSIDER $15.99 | 25% OFF = $11.99
Black and red currants, black cherry fruit with savory characteristics including tobacco, cedar, mint and espresso.

Wish Wine Co. Red Blend
North Coast, California // Reg $16.99 | INSIDER $15.99 | 25% OFF = $11.99
Boysenberry, Asian plum and red currant. Integrated and balanced.

Wish Wine Co. 2013 Zinfandel
North Coast, California // Reg $16.99 | INSIDER $15.99 | 25% OFF = $11.99
Red plum, blackberry and blueberry, subtle tannins and refreshing acidity. This wine pairs beautifully with salty-sweet dishes such as BBQ.

And more…

Hope you can stop by & take advantage of these killer prices!
Julie & Jens, owners
Portalis Wines

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Australia 2018

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My girls are taking part in Panpapanpalya (one of the world’s largest gatherings of dancers, dance educators, and artists of all ages) through their Kaleidoscope Dance Company, and luckily for me, it takes place this year in Adelaide, Australia… handily an hour or less from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, and Adelaide Hills wine producing regions. So… let’s go:

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Barossa Valley // Monday, July 9, 2018
First stop: Elderton
Elderton owner, Cameron Ashmead, (in black) // Winery history>
Elderton winemaker, Richard Langford (in green)

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Next up: Kalleske 
Kalleske, est. 1853 // Biodynamic wines. Best value/quality producer

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Last stop: Henschke Winery
Henschke, one of the most prestigious wineries in the Barossa Valley

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McLaren Vale // Tuesday, July 10, 2018
First stop: D’Arenberg
The Cube is D’Arenberg’s info center. Also, the craziest urinals I’ve ever seen! The sheep are at work grazing, weeding & fertilizing the vineyards!

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Stopped by Maslin Beach with Mark (one of the other dancer dads) on the way back to Adelaide:
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Cleland Wildlife Conservation Park // Wednesday, July 11, 2018
A day off dance meant a trip to see the local wildlife! A kangaroo scratches its back on the ground just like a dog, btw!

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Adelaide Hills // Thursday, July 12, 2018
First stop: Shaw+Smith Winery
David LeMire, MW, was our host.

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Next stop: Sidewood
Pinot Noir vineyards with emus! Plus Seth Piszczuk, tasting room manager and our host. 

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On the way home: Largs Bay, Western Adelaide on the coast:
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Many thanks to WineAustralia for setting up these tours! We’ve had a wonderful time!!

One more day to come… Barossa Valley again on Saturday, July 14. Stay tuned…
Jens

Wines for Spring!

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The sun is out. The evenings are warm. The gardens around Seattle are at their height of bloom and beauty. If you aren’t sitting in some fresh air enjoying a glass of wine, you should be! Need some suggestions? Here’s a great spring varietal list from Wine Folly> for under $20 a bottle. Or stop by, and we’ll hook you up — Grüner Veltliner, Malbec, Soave, Gamay, unoaked Chardonnay, Zweigelt, rosé… the list goes on!

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First & foremost… ROSÉ:
We have quite a list in stock ranging from local producers to high-end Bandol rosé from Provence. Here are our new arrivals:

Chateau Rivière Minervois Rosé 2017 // Languedoc
Domaine de Frégate Bandol Rosé 2017 // Provence
Domaine du Petit Romain Vieilles Vignes Rosé 2017 // Southern Rhône
La Malière Rosé Côtes de Provence 2017 // Provence
Ozilhan Réserve Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2017 // Southern Rhône
Paul Blisson Costières de Nîmes Rosé 2017 // Southern Rhône

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In addition, here are some great spring white varietals with our specific recommendations:
Grüner Veltliner – Aromatic white flowers. White peach, poached pear, lime blossoms, with a nice white pepper finish. Try: Weingut Prechtl 2016 Alte Reben aus Löss Grüner Veltliner // Austria (vineyards pictured)
Prié Blanc – From the highest vineyard site in the world (a few minutes from Mont Blanc), this indigenous grape is full of minerality & delight: Pavese Ermes 2016 Blanc De Morgex et de La Salle // Valle d’Aoste, Italy
Vinho Verde – light, fruity with a slight effervescence and low alcohol! Try: Vinha das Margaridas 2016 Vinho Verde // Portugal
Garganega – This white is better known as Soave, but that’s the DOC (region), not the grape… which is full of citrus blossoms, warm apples & apricots held together by refreshing acidity! Try award-winning: Franchetto 2015 Soave “La Capelina” // Veneto, Italy

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And spring reds varietals:
Bonarda lightens up the Malbec in this terrific, organic blend: La Puerta 2016 Alta Malbec/Bonarda // Argentina
Zinfandel – Its trademark velvety fruit makes this varietal a wonderful accompaniment to BBQ and other grilled summer fare. Try: Wish Wine Co. 2011 Zinfandel // North Coast, California (vineyards pictured)
Zweigelt – Lighter in body, but full of flavor: blackberries, tart dark cherries & spices! Try: Weingut Prechtl 2015 Satzen Zweigelt // Austria

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AND… don’t forget the bubbles! Go light & freshing with La Farra Prosecco — Brut, Extra Dry, Rosé & their Prosecco Superiore DOCG Valdobbiadene. Tree fruits & citrus with lively gentle bubbles! (vineyards pictured)

We’d be delighted to help you with any of your spring wine needs! Just stop in…

Julie & Jens, Owners
Portalis Wines

Art credit: Mona Anastas, owner of Two Owls in Madrona

Food+Wine // Summer Salads

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Summer Salads & The Wines They Love!

Whether it’s the main meal or on the side, these salads are simple, fresh, easy to prepare …and oh so good, especially as the weather warms up! Here are some of my favs:

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Cobb Salad – When all the ingredients are fresh, is there anything better?? Especially if you’re a lover of blue cheese!! Because of the richness of the salad (bacon, avocado, blue cheese, etc), go with fuller bodied white even one with a little oak (Chateau du Grand Caumont Corbières Blanc) or a lighter-bodied Zin would also be nice. Try: Wish Wine Co. Zinfandel (North Coast, CA)

Greek Salad – When tomatoes are in high season (and not before!!), this salad is heaven. It’s light and crisp, so stick with a wine that’s the same: Chablis, Sancerre, or if you want something off the beaten path: Jacquères, a light white from Savoie in the French Alps.

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German Potato Salad – Boring when it’s flat but get some good acidity in there (i.e. vinegar!!) and it’s zingy and crunchy and salty and delicious! With a brat on the side or without… enjoy with Alsatian Riesling or Pinot Gris, (we recommend small producer: Domaine Moltès) both are round with a slightly sweet middle and refreshing acidity on the finish.

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Waldorf Salad – So underrated!! It’s that grape (sweet), celery (vegetal), walnut (nutty) combo that so yummy. Enjoy with Vinho Verde or Prosecco! Both are light, citrusy fruit with effervescence.

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Shrimp Salad – Lemon and dill are key, but the richness of the shrimp shouldn’t be overlooked when pairing. Go with an unoaked Chardonnay or off the beaten path: Falanghina!

Grilled Corn Salad – Don’t forget the cilantro! Pair with a lightly oaked Chardonnay (we like: organic producer Bodegas Langa) or a fuller-bodied rosé: Ozilhan Réservé Côtes du Rhône Rosé

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Caprese Salad – Again, fresh ingredients is key, so wait until those heirloom tomatoes are at their peak, then get some fresh mozzarella, some freshly plucked basil …and a glass of Reserve de Chevalier Crémant de Bourgogne, and you’re good to go!

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Panzanella Salad – The tomatoes require that you enjoy this dish at the height of summer season. And with that, a light glass of Sangiovese from Tuscany: La Togata Barengo Toscana Rosso. Good acid on the wine pairs beautifully with the tomatoes.

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Tuscan Tortellini Salad – This one has my kids written all over it! It has it all… pasta, cured meat, crunchy veggies, spinach & a touch of sweetness. Enjoy with a glass of earthy Lambrusco!

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Salmon BLT Salad – So, someone had fun making this one up, and it looks delicious. Sort of along the Cobb line, but with seafood. This salad is rich & satisfying. Go with a wine that has a faint salinity for a wink at the salmon: Vermentino or Albariño would be my picks. Prefer a red? Go light & fruity, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt or off the beaten path: Mondeuse!

My inspiration for this post was “The 147 Most Delish Summer Salads” on Delish.com.

Hope you enjoy!
Julie Howe
Co-owner, Portalis Wines

Food+Wine // Fresh Eggs!

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I am chicken “sitting” as my new home has a coop and my friends farm had over flow for the winter. Our chickens right now are holding out on us- but in Eastern Washington, it is below freezing for February/March. (I wouldn’t want to do much either!) Fresh eggs are delicious. Not having been an “egg” person, I didn’t really buy into the fresh egg craze until my friend started his own coop in Seattle. Now, keep in mind, I grew up in Skagit Valley. As a youth, I toured Draper Valley Farms and even a USDA egg inspection facility. (I am a nerd, yes.) Maybe my lack of interest was the tours, the knowledge of how old the eggs are by the time they hit the grocery shelf… Maybe it was just me not being adventurous in food …

Fresh eggs are an adventure beyond the standard grocery shelf egg. They have more distinctions: flavor, richness, spices and delicacy too! Each chicken creates a distinct flavor — by character and by how well it is taken care of. These are the ones created in our backyard:

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Blue– almost as beautiful as a robins egg. The color and flavor are delicate. Perfect with light dishes or baked for pastries
Green– similar to the blue in delicacy however a hint of herbs and spice- great for egg bakes, breakfast items or quiches
Warm Red/Brown– earthy and robust. Excellent with meats and rustic flavors (mushrooms, legumes, root vegetables)
Dark Brown with Speckles– These are rare. I am not sure if these chickens are hiding their eggs, but I only collect one a day. A savory dish with meats, mushrooms and hedonistic funky cheeses are winners here.

And here are some recipes with wine pairings to delight:
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Crepes or French Toast with Berries
pair with: Perraud Crémant de Bourgogne (Burgundy, France)
Tomato-Herb Frittatas
pair with: Bodegas Langa Míto Chardonnay (Calatayud, Spain)
Pavlova With Lemon Cream and Berries
pair with: La Farra Prosecco Brut (Veneto, Italy)
Spanish Flan
pair with: Vinchio-Vaglio Serra Brachetto (Piedmont, Italy)

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Crustless Swiss Chard Tomato Quiche
pair with: Scopone Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy)
Middle Eastern Shakshuka (pictured above)
pair with: Bodegas Langa Pasíon Garnacha (Calatayud, Spain)
Lentil Salad with Fresh Poached Egg (I prefer my lentil salad as as salad. The Fat Hen has a delicious example!)
pair with: Moulin de Launay Entre-Deux-Mers (Bordeaux, France) or Jean d’Alibert Rouge (Languedoc, France)

And one last thing: Backyard chickens resources> in case you need them!

Enjoy!
Jaci (checking in from Pullman)

Mother’s Day 2018

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Here are some wine gift suggestions for the moms in your life:

Champagne Henriot NV Rosé
Champagne, France // Reg $79.99 | Mixed Case $63.99
From a 200+ year old estate!

Guardian Cellars 2015 Angel Sauvignon Blanc
Columbia Valley, Washington // Reg $22.99 | Mixed Case $18.39
Because she was yours!

Domaine Chevallier 2015 Chablis
Burgundy, France // Reg $27.99 | Mixed Case $22.39
100% unoaked Chardonnay. Crispy & delicious!

Remoissenet 2014 Puligny-Montrachet
Burgundy, France // Reg $81.99 | Mixed Case $65.59
Fancy Burgundy. Noble herbs & bright lemony fruit!

Domaine de Nalys 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Southern Rhône, France // Reg $45.99 | Mixed Case $36.79
Rich, white blend with all 13 allowable varietals!

Burgum Novum 2013 Pinot Nero Riserva
Alto Adige, Italy // Reg $51.99 | Mixed Case $41.59
Pinot Noir from northern-most Italy!

Franchetto 2013 Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
Veneto, Italy // Reg $69.99 | Mixed Case $55.99
Woman winemaker. Feminine style.

Sonder Wines 2016 Mourvedre
Columbia Valley, Washington // Reg $34.99 | Mixed Case $27.99
Off-the-beaten-path Mom — Mourvedre from WA State!

Chateau Le Caillou 2011 Pomerol
Bordeaux, France // Reg $53.99 | Mixed Case $43.19
Classic elegance from the Right Bank.

Mollydooker 2013 Blue-Eyed Boy
McLaren Vale, Australia // Reg $59.99 | Mixed Case $47.99
Because you were hers!

And these are on a few of the many wines we can recommend. Stop by and we’ll hook you up with a delicious wine for Mom!

Cheers,
Julie & Jens
Owners, Portalis Wines

Art credit: Thanks to our friend, Mona Anastas, owner of Two Owls (reopening soon in Madrona) for allowing us to use her art for Mother’s Day!

March is Taste Washington Wine Month

And in honor of the great work coming out of WA State, we are doing a series on
WA winemakers! (All WA wine are 10% off the bottle price thru March!!) Starting with…

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Both pharmacists, Brett & Denise moved from Colorado to WA State in 1998, following their dream to make wine. Many crushes, winery & tasting room constructions, good and bad vintages, and 3 daughters later… they are still at it! Enjoying long-term contracts with growers in the NW, they use traditional winemaking methods to craft the wines including punchdowns, foot stomping, saignée, native yeast fermentation, barrel stirring, and sur lie aging. Their goal: each wine should be “unique, age worthy, and delicious.” Current production is 4000 cases.

Try: Isenhower Cellars 2016 Cabernet Franc (Yakima Valley, Washington)

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Bart Fawbush | Bartholomew Winery – Seattle | Kennewick, WA
“Ars Longa, Vita Brevis” from Hippocrates which loosely translates from Latin to mean: Life is short, the art (craft/skill) long. Bart Fawbush grew up in Ogden, Utah, did his undergraduate at Gonzaga, was headed for med school when he took a turn, eventually becoming a winemaker. Like most, he’s obsessed with his craft. Why? Wine tastes like the earth that it comes from, giving us a “sense of place and history. Each craftsman (winemaker) gets to put a final touch and interpretation on it before bringing it to market. It’s like a song writer that takes two years to write every verse, fine tune, and create a story.” 2000-2500 cases produced.

Try: Bartholomew 2014 Carmenere (Red Mountain)

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David Wampfler & Amy Alvarez-Wampfler | Abeja | Walla Walla, WA
In 2015, David and his wife, Amy, took over as team winemakers at Abeja. David came via Columbia Crest (part of the 2002 team that crafted the 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that earned No. 1 wine in the world in 2009 by Wine Spectator magazine) and Dunham Cellars where he was head winemaker starting in 2008. Amy also worked at Columbia Crest and then took over as head winemaker at Sinclair Estates. They took over for husband/wife winemaking team, John Abbott & Molly Galt.

Try: Abeja 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley, WA)

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Andrew Trio | Tranche Cellars | Walla Walla, WA A native of Perth, Australia, Andrew Trio began his winemaking career in the nearby Margaret River region. He studied oenology at the University of Adelaide and then worked multiple crushes per year around the world (New Zealand, California, the Mosel and Barossa) before landing at Tranche in Walla Walla, saying: “It seemed like a most interesting place to make an impact in a young and fast-moving wine industry.” Tranche is the second label for Corliss, producing 2 lines: a Rhône series & Single Varietal series.

Try: Tranche 2013 Sangiovese (Walla Walla Valley, WA)

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Jerry Riener | Guardian Cellars | Woodinville, WA
Cop/Winemaker! A San Francisco native, Jerry grew up working summers on his uncles’ farms in Kansas & Nebraska. He has a degree in organic chemistry and is a graduate of the police academy. At 23, his love affair with wine began, and he volunteered 40-plus hours a week at several wineries (Mark Ryan Winery, Matthews Winery, Baer Winery) learning the trade. In 2007, he opened his tasting room in Woodinville (with his wife Jennifer) and all 350 cases (a mix of Gun Metal, Syrah & Cab) sold out by EOD. Today, Jerry is still a cop by day, winemaker by night producing 16 different wines (with his team) and just over 10,000 cases.

Try: Guardian 2014 The Alibi (Red Mountain, WA)

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Kevin White | Kevin White Winery | Woodinville, WA
Computer scientist by day, winemaker by night. The Rhône Valley is owner/winemaker Kevin White’s inspiration. Syrah, Grenache & Mourvedre grown in the cooler climate and higher elevation vineyards in the Yakima Valley produce wine with the depth and the delicateness required to beautifully accompany food. It’s been a pretty fast rise for Kevin. He became obsessed with wine in 2006 after a taste of one of WA’s finest wines (bottle not disclosed!!), studied intensively over the next years, and produced his first vintage in 2012. Lots of acclaim followed (Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 wines, Seattle Magazine’s “Winemaker to Watch” & more). Current production is 1500 cases.

Stay tuned for more!
And again:  All WA wines = 10% OFF the bottle price thru the end of March!