“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”
Living in the shadow of Woodinville wineries can prove distracting, especially on a woolly winter’s weekend when all you want to do is…taste wine. Bellying up to the barrel at three such wineries yielded some noteworthy gems:
Robert Ramsay Cellars Syrah sings its siren song loud and clear at first pour. A hint of viognier gives this wine a special softness that allows it to ‘pair well with others,’ including ratatouille. Thanks to Team Erin for uncorking the especially supple 2009.
Sparkman Cellars 2008 Wilderness stands out among the array of ‘juice’ skillfully presented by Tasting Room host Bryan and staff. This well-crafted blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot unfolds artfully with each sip. Bonus: A portion of each sale goes to fund The Wilderness Society. Save a tree – buy some Sparkman!
Last, but certainly not least, thanks to the cast and crew at Flying Dreams Winery for showing the verve – and nerve - to serve their ‘Little Rojo’ Rosé in winter. Dry, with just a fillip of flirt at the end – a luminous end note to our tasting experience!
Image Credits: Robert Ramsay Cellars, Sparkman Cellars, Flying Dreams Winery