Midwest-made, Purdue University-educated, winemaker Morgan Lee wasn’t exactly on the likely path to enology. After taking a wine appreciation course in college, however, Lee took off to Washington state, worked a harvest under the tutelage of Juan Muñoz-Oca at Columbia Crest and then was hired as assistant winemaker at Covington Cellars in Woodinville, Wash. There, he met Donavon Claflin, another young winemaker with like-minded aspirations.
Wine barrels are inherently aesthetically pleasing to the eye, so imagine what can happen when you combine a wine barrel’s charming good looks with some creative ingenuity. Making home decor out of used pallets has been trending for some time now, but those lowly pallets may need to step aside and make room for elegant furnishings crafted from used wine barrels.
2014 marks the 20th vintage for Tinhorn Creek, a rare milestone in BC’s wine history. Winemaker/CEO Sandra Oldfield is leading a full schedule of 20 events this year to commemorate and celebrate the anniversary—from wine dinners to outdoor concerts at the Southern Okanagan’s stunning winery.
From Oliver’s famed Golden Mile, the 2012 Gewürztraminer is mostly 16-year-old vines (that’s old for the Okanagan) and full of soft rose perfume, fragrant lemon blossom and ripe gooseberry.
Wine-fueled creativity goes into the re-creation of empty bottles.
Do you have a stash of wine bottles waiting to go out with the recycling? Instead, upcycle them yourself and watch as the remnants from evening’s past are transformed into elegant accents for your home. You won’t need much to turn your empty bottles into candle holders, vases, a chandelier and more.
Where to wine with your beloved this coming weekend.
Grab your honey and head to wine country this winter because February offers an abundance of romantic events involving fantastic wine and dreamy chocolates from Wenatchee to North Vancouver.
· Lake Chelan Wine Valley hosts “Red Wine and Chocolate” on the weekends of Feb. 8-9 and 15-16, Lake Chelan Valley tasting rooms will serve up red wine and chocolate pairings at each of the 20 local wineries.
Do you toss your wine corks after the bottle’s empty? Or stash them in a drawer for half-empty bottle stopping emergencies? Whether you already have a surplus or are just starting your collection, there are lots of creative and functional uses for used wine corks. Of course, not every cork craft is a keeper. To save you some time, we’ve combed through countless projects, compiling a collection of only the best for you to test out in your own home.
My husband roasts a mean chicken. A lot of the times it has to do with the moisture-locking salt and lemon brine he has mastered (thank you, Thomas Keller), a lot of the times it has to do with what wine we have accompanying it. Last night, it was a little bit of both—a savory bird, enhanced by the delicate intricacies of the Lauren Ashton 2011 Roussanne.
With fruit from the Dineen Vineyards just north of Zillah, Wash.
Le Vieux Pin was named for the majestic aged pine tree that stands in the winery’s Black Sage Bench vineyard, and harkens the winery’s commitment to create wines that pay homage to the dedication and traditions of France, while honoring what nature has given them here, in the beautiful south Okanagan. The complexities in this aromatic wine come both from the blend (78 percent Viognier, 11 percent Roussanne, 11 percent Marsanne) and the concentration of the full, perfumed, sun-primed fruit.