Victor Palencia, a wunderkind of the Washington wine industry, paced the fifth annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition with five gold medals, led by his Palencia Winery 2014 Grenache as best of show.
Cabernet Franc is often thought of as sort of a little brother to king Cabernet Sauvignon. Where one is planted, you’ll typically find the other. It’s this way in its native Bordeaux, and it’s this way in Washington.
With the arrival of sunny skies across the Pacific Northwest, it’s that time of year when we want to always have a couple of white wines in the fridge, ready to open to enjoy at the end of a warm day with a plate of fresh seafood, pasta or grilled vegetables.
After our long, cold, wet winter, it is nice to see sunshine, higher temperatures and flowers showing up. And this puts us in the mood to fire up the grill and toss some beautiful bottles of Pacific Northwest rosés in the fridge.
That miserable winter has transitioned into a slow start to spring in the Pacific Northwest, but the wines in our region never have been better, according to judges at the fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition.
Thanks to a string of warm vintages, investments in technology, advancements in research and the influx of educated vineyard managers and winemakers, there is an increasing amount of delicious wines made in the Northwest. Critics beyond our region seem to agree.
Red Mountain is the bench at the eastern end of the Yakima Valley and is one of the warmest regions of the vast and arid Columbia Valley. It has developed into one of the premium grape growing regions in the Northwest.
In the past decade, the Walla Walla Valley has developed into a winemaking and wine-touring destination, thanks to the large number of wineries starting up in the region and the high quality of winemaking that has been taking place since Leonetti Cellar began in 1977.