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Friday, June 25, 2010

Washington Wine Report: Live White Wine Blogging

WALLA WALLA -- We're blogging live from the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference. Tonight is white wine.This is like speed dating. Five minutes at each table. Luckily the winery representatives rotate and we can stay put. 27 tables.

1. First up is the aMaurice '08 Columbia Valley Viognier. Pale yellow, not as grassy as some Viognier. $25. This has a tropical fruit taste. Favorite food with Dungeness crab and avocado salad. Clean and crisp.

2. Cadaretta Winery. SVS - Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion 'o8. Stainless steel finished. Juicy, from Stone Creek Vineyard. A bit zingy and should work with spicy food.

3. Le Chateau Cardonnay White Bluffs Vineyard, Columbia Valley. 150 cases. French oak. Mellow oakiness which is restrained. Nice with flattened and stuffed chicken breast. $25.

4. Don Sebastiani, '09 Rose of Pinot Noir, "The Crusher." Light shade of ruby -- man, it is tough blogging with only 5 minutes per wine. Kiwi and cranberry. Has some Viognier and a dash of Malbec. This is a red wine drinkers rose. This is nice. Good with summer fare including food from the grill.

5. 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Single vineyard wine from Talcott Vineyard in St. Helena. A richer, more complex wine. 25 year old vines. This is aged sur-lie (aged on the skins) for a bit more richness. Good with crab and lobster. Complex with acidity. $25. 700 cases.

More to come...
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