JoieFarm 2012 Gamay

by Treve Ring

Owned and operated by sommelier/salesman Michael Dinn and somm/chef/winemaker Heidi Noble, JoieFarm has been garnering attention and acclaim since it…

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The Pacific Northwest is a pretty great place to live or visit if you love the water. And, with an abundance of lakes, rivers, coastline and the mighty Puget Sound, a day at the beach is never far.
One town known for its rich fishing and boat making history, calm bays and beautiful beaches is Gig Harbor, Washington.

South-facing, high elevation, cool climate, clay-loam soils, organically grown vines ranging in age from 40 to 50-years-old and a resident apiary with pollinating Mason bees to boot. These are characteristics that make up the Columbia Gorge’s Atavus Vineyard. The site originally was inclined to produce “Alsatian-inspired” Gewürztraminer and a Swiss clone of Pinot Noir, brought to the area by then owner Charles Henderson and esteemed Washington viticulturist Dr. Walter Clore.

Located in the heart of SE Portland, Enso Urban Winery offers a unique tasting experience—they feature house-made wines, which are aging just feet from where you are sitting, and they also offer rotating wine and beer selections crafted from other local urban wineries and breweries.

From a relatively new producer on the Golden Mile Bench (a region recently approved as BC’s first official Sub-Geographical Indication) comes this stylish and supple Syrah, a key grape for the sun-baked southern Okanagan region. C.C. Jentsch Cellars co-ferments their Syrah with a splash of Viognier—the black flowers, vanillan and peppery cassis notes of the Syrah are well integrated, working with the subtly spiced wood and fresh acidity. Partner with lamb medallions or kabobs.

Well, this is it—our final 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Hopefully these guides gave you some much-needed inspiration for what to give all the special people in your life. Good luck with your holiday shopping and battling the crowds at the mall (read: war zones). From our hearts to yours, Happy Holidays!
Purple Wine Club: Picking out a bottle of wine can be intimidating, and admit it, you only pick a bottle because you either find the label or price attractive.

Americans are constantly looking for other cultures’ celebrations to takeover and declare to be a day for drinking. There’s St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and Mardi Gras, but there’s also a lesser-known French, wine-based holiday called Beaujolais Day that’s celebrated on the third Thursday of November.
The holiday marks the end of the French harvest season and the start of wine drinking season (hurrah!).

The Wapato, Washington-based Treveri Cellars is coming up on its fourth anniversary this month. Treveri was proudly one of Washington’s first and few producers of sparkling wines, producing méthode champenoise bubbles exclusively. According to its mission statement, the winery set out to “put Washington sparkling wine on the map.” While this is quite the grand conquest, so too is its Blanc de Blanc Brut sparkling white wine, so clearly these guys have put those four years to good use.

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Set in the Columbia River Gorge, with stunning views and an outdoor concert venue, Maryhill Winery is a destination in and of itself. But for their annual wine club dinner, Maryhill owners Craig and Vicki Leuthold choose to pair their award-winning wines with the tall picture windows, stone fireplaces, comfortable accommodations and fine cuisine of Stevenson, Washington’s Skamania Lodge.

 
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