August is Washington Wine Month and you know I’m going to celebrate!
We started off our Washington Wine Month with a bottle of the 2011 Sundance red blend from Soos Creek Wine Cellars (Columbia Valley). Here’s the blend: 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 15% Syrah, and and 13% Cabernet Franc. Delicious. And only $20 per bottle.
To continue the celebrations, Brandon and I are headed to Woodinville to taste some fine Washington wines and this next weekend. (I love Woodinville! Read more here, here, here and more!)
Here are some of our favorite Woodinville wineries, in alphabetical order so no feelings get hurt. Maybe I’ll see you over in Woodinville this weekend?!
We love all of their wines — both reds, whites and roses! Go! Taste! And tell Jeff & Sheila hello for us!
Ditto with Davenport. Their wines are great and the tasting room is a work of art. Enjoy!
These Spanish-style wines are spicy and wonderful. We like the Shya Red and the riesling.
Robert Ramsay Cellars
We discovered this winery through a Living Social deal and we have gone back every time since! Their spicy Rhone-style wines are right up my alley and definitely don’t disappoint!
Silver Lake Winery
The Roza Red blend is one of my favorites! It’s only $12/bottle.
The same wine makers as Covington Cellars, Two Vintners makes great wines, especially their Zin, my favorite!
Cheers to Washington wines! (Yes, that’s a working wood-fired oven in the background!!)
Think you’ve seen this post before? Think again. After I wrote the first part of this post last Tuesday, I promptly dozed off and hit “publish” instead of “save draft” and if you get emails from the blog, you probably saw a bit of an ‘in process’ post. I encourage you to keep reading. I promise this version will be better.
Now, down to business… This Wine Wednesday I’m offering a review of the documentary Somm and the 2011 Two Vintners Zinfandel. (Highly potent, hence my premature post last week…)
Somm, the movie
We’ll start with the movie.
Somm is the story of four sommeliers as they attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.
Brandon and I rented the movie from the library (love the library) and were pretty impressed by it. I have a couple of friends who are going through the beginning steps of the sommelier process and this provided some insight into what they’re doing, but it really goes above and beyond their experiences.
You get to really know the four Master Sommelier candidates over the course of the film and its as though you’re right there with them, drinking and soaking in all of the wine information they know. It absolutely made me want to learn more about wine, and I think I’ll start reading the “Wine (All in one) for Dummies” book I’ve got on the shelf. I think that will be a wonderful summer beach read… it’s just 671 pages. I’m sure I’ll make it through that in a weekend. I’ll give you the review once I finish it.
As for the Zin, it was good, but not as good as I remember the 2010 Zin to be. The 2011 Two Vintners Zinfandel is potent too, with a 16.7% alcohol content. Unfortunately, I don’t remember much more about the wine and I don’t even have the bottle anymore. I’ll head back to Two Vintners soon to redeem myself and my wine reviewing skillz.
Until then, crack open a bottle for yourself and truly enjoy Wine Wednesday!