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by. L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Lake Chelan Wine Valley | Top 3 Takeaways

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“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” –Wallace Stevens

Washington State Wine Commission makes it look so easy…

Recently Washington State Wine Commission teed up Lake Chelan Wine Valley trade event portside at World Trade Center Seattle.

binNotes offers top three (3) takeaways from her ‘walk around the lake’:

1. Attitude

Lake Chelan Wine Valley boasts a ‘naturally intoxicating‘ effect – and for good reason! The area attracts those drawn to a destination resort lifestyle offering outdoor adventure, first-class farm-to-table fare, and year-round cultural events such as the upcoming Red Wine and Chocolate Festival. It’s easy to fall in love with Lake Chelan Wine Valley, while falling in love with its wine!

2. Altitude

Lake Chelan Wine Valley rims its namesake, a 50.5 mile, 1, 486 foot deep, pristine glacier-formed lake punctuated by sky-high Cascade Mountains. Subsequently, Lake Chelan Wine Valley enjoys ‘the lake effect,’ a moderating influence translating into a longer grape-growing season and less danger of frost. Moreover, Lake Chelan AVA’s unique combination of sandy sediment and crystalline quartz, granite and mica soils add to the wine region’s viticulture complexity.

3. Assortment

Taste through the wines of Lake Chelan Wine Valley, and you’ll find nuanced flavor profiles running the gamut from the bracing Alsatian intricacy of Vin du Lac 2011 Lehm Gewurtraminer, to the crisp Alto Adige clarity of Lake Chelan Winery 2013 Pinot Grigio, to the precise Austrian minerality of Chelan Estate Winery 2008 Pinot Noir.

Varietals also span the spectrum, including Syrah, Viognier, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Malbec, Barbera and Nebbiolo.

binNotes fave(s):

Super affordable dark-horse Atam Winery 2013 Malbec. A surprisingly silky smooth sipper.

Cairdeas Winery 2013 Southern White Blend. A succulent deck, dock or bonfire-ready blend of Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Picpoul, and Viognier.

Chelan Estates Winery 2008 Estate Grown Pinot Noir. Chiseled, stealthy stunner.

So what are you waiting for? Find your own truth in a ‘walk around the lake’ of Lake Chelan Wine Valley.


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Thank you:

Washington State Wine Commission

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