Gray Monk Estate Winery 2013 Kerner

by Treve Ring

One of the real pioneering wine families of the Okanagan Valley, the Heiss family have promoted the area, their northern…


Sangria seems to be everywhere this summer. It’s popping up on restaurant menus, and making regular appearances at cook-outs and summer parties. Like punch, it’s an easy choice for a party on summer evenings. Combine wine (or cider), some seasonal fruit, spices, ice, and maybe some soda water.
“Sangria is kind of the perfect party drink,” says Skye Gauzza, general manager at Golden Beetle in Seattle. Gauzza is a big fan of Sangria. “They don’t take a ton of planning.

Modeled after the wine swigged at bistro tables in Paris, Division Winemaking Company launched their Division-Villages line of “quaffable reds and whites” this spring. Although some have been sold out of the upstart Portland winery’s Southeast Wine Collective location for some time, the wines are still available on shelves, including the 2013 Division-Villages Béton.

Surrounded by mountain ranges in all but one direction, Oregon’s Willamette Valley has long been a Northwestern hub for Pinot Noir and other cool-climate grape varieties. In fact, Willamette Valley grapes account for 89.5 percent of the state’s Pinot Noir production and 77 percent of its total wine production.

Husband and wife dynamic duo, John and Joy Olson of TeSóAria Vineyard and Winery, are producing quality bottles of wine with the products of their Roseburg and Medford, Ore., vineyards. At 1,900-foot elevation, the 2013 Vermentino shows how these shallow, volcanic soils provide vines with the perfect nourishment which results in a hearty mineral kick.

Back for its 27th year in support of the Washington winemaking industry, this year’s Auction of Washington Wines kicks off Thursday, August 14 with tastings and summer-inspired bites at the Picnic and Barrel Auction.
Guests at Woodinville, Wash.,’s elegant Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery will be in good company, with more than 100 winemakers on hand to offer tastes, and a culinary staff from Tulalip Resort Casino serving up a carefully curated dinner menu.

This wine was awarded a Lieutenant Governor Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines last month, recognized as one of the top 12 wines in the competition. Howling Bluff Estate Winery is the culmination of a 20 year dream to make exceptional wines. A no-compromise attitude from owner Luke Smith results in their use of only their own estate-grown grapes, and they produce a small portfolio in limited quantities.

Wine has long been revered as the drink of the gods, the liquid in the glasses of the aristocrats, the cure to a broken heart and the perfect match to almost every dinner. Unfortunately, the problem of that latter statement resides in the word “almost.

People around the United States are getting prepared to gather their friends and families, light their barbies and set off fireworks in celebration of America’s national Independence Day. Although the delicacies most commonly created on the grill and served to the masses on paper plates are undeniable palate-pleasers, pairing them with fine wines and craft beers may seem a daunting task, so we’re here to help.

Born and raised on their family’s five-generation-old Yakima Valley farm, brothers Patrick and Matthew Rawn wore every hat around the property from forklift operators to takeout order-retreivers as they grew up—now their hats are worn as vignerons.

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