Sep 28, 2010 · 6:00 PM
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Boiler Plate up front: You have to pre-pay to RSVP yes. The place and the wineries need a count of people to give us the best experience possible. So, yeah, this is like a really cheap theater ticket... ;-)) That's right everyone, we've got Walla Walla, Washington wines at this meetup!! Actual people from the winery will represent their winery tonight! Tonight we'll be tasting from two of the 65+ wineries located in the Walla Walla AVA (American Viticultural Area) . You won't find these on grocery store shelves; these are boutique wines made with care and attention to detail. Here's the juicy tidbits: We'll be tasting a total of 6 wines. If you'd like a full glass of your favorite during or after the tasting, they'll be available to purchase. In addition, for this night only there will be discounts!! You know I love a deal!!! ;-)) There will be a cheese & salami platter prepared especially for us, with bread & olive oil as well. Andy will have additional snacks for sale, if people want to fill up after our nibbles. But best of all, the people pouring the wines know these wines. These aren't some grocery clerks reading off the back label. We get to meet the people who know these wines!! As such, we're going to be a little more formal about order of wines and hear a little bit about each one as we're sampling it. So, while you can catch up if you're late, you'll want to try to get there as close to 6PM as you can to get the full experience.
Dumas Station Wines Founded in 2003 to focus on Bordeaux style red wines made from estate grown Walla Walla grapes. Dumas Station Winery produces limited amounts of wine using the combined 60+ years of wine making experience. Nearly all of their grapes come from Minnick Hills Vineyard, located 3 miles north of Walla Walla along the Middle Waitsburg road. The vineyard lies on a southwest facing slope ranging from 1050 feet to 1200 feet in elevation. They'll be pouring their 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon that just received 93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, and 2007 Cow Catcher Red, that received 91 points from Seattle Met Magazine, and was rated #53 on their list of "Top 100 Washington Wines."
Reininger Winery Reininger Winery, located in the heart of the Walla Walla Valley, specializes in crafting elegant and finely structured red wines from hand-harvested, ultra premium grapes. From our first release in 1997, Reininger wines have possessed a unique quality derived from the winemaker’s awareness of and passion for the natural elements that make great wines. They will be pouring from their Helix line of handcrafted wines.
Discounts for us, on bottles to go: 5% off single bottle 10% off a six pack--one of each wine 20% off mixed cases of the wines that we're pouring
Background on the Walla Walla area: The Walla Walla AVA (American Viticultural Area) is located mostly in Southeastern Washington. The soils of the Walla Walla Valley consist largely of wind-deposited silt known as loess, that provides good drainage for the vines. Well East of the Cascade Mountain Range, this area sits at the foot of the Blue Mountains, with vineyard elevations typically ranging from 650 feet to 1,500 feet. The area receives only 12.3 inches of rainfall a year, allowing vintners to perfectly manage the plants through irrigation. The 200-day long growing season is characterized by hot days and cool nights. With a 200 day growing season, it's perfect for growing some quite wonderful Cabernet (can you tell I love the cabs from here?). In fact, 41% of the grapes planted are Cabernet grapes. That's not to say it's -only- cab. 26% of the planted grape in the area is Merlot, 16% Syrah as well as Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, and even some Chardonnay, Viognier, Malbec, Tempranillo, etc. So bring your taste buds!!!! See you on the 28th!!