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Vortex Cellars 2012 viognier

Tasted at 55-62 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: buttery gold. Nose/flavors: orange blossoms, lemon flowers, apricot floret. Mouthfeel: medium-bodied and thick. Tail trail: 9 seconds. Paired well with my neighbor’s Vietnamese buffet. Alcohol: 13.5%. Winemaker: Ed Wicklein. Rattlesnake … Continue reading

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Facelli Winery 2008 Sugarloaf Vineyard sangiovese

Sugarloaf Vineyard is a relatively new vineyard located just east of exit 44 on Interstate 82 in balmy Wapato (Parker Heights area) and just south of “The Palm Springs of Washington”, coming online only in the last five years. The … Continue reading

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Vortex Cellars 2010 tempranillo

Vortex Cellars quietly began life in July, 2010 by Redmond (Ames Lake) owners Edward Andrew (37) and Nichole Christine Wicklein (34). Ed, a deeply proud WSU grad (who isn’t???) in civil engineering and beer brewing (btw, still not an official major … Continue reading

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Cedar River Cellars 2009 Ava’s Crush cabernet sauvignon

A Woodinville pet shelter recently offered free parvovirus vaccinations, regularly $25, after an outbreak in King County led to the deaths of puppies. I drove by the shelter to take my canine but the line was out the door. No, … Continue reading

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Black Barrel Wine Works 2008 syrah

This is the price Utah pays for being one of the 17 “control” states… a 24 year-old Utah woman hit the trifecta of accusations after being arrested and charged with kidnapping, robbery, and… wait for it… sexual abuse. She apparently … Continue reading

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Portteus Winery 2006 Rattlesnake Red wine

Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on January 31, 2008: So a little background before I begin this review…I’m an uber-premium kinda dude. In my recent travels to The Metropolitan Grill, I ordered Delille Cellars D2 by the glass($21). When … Continue reading

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Tefft Cellars 2006 Rosey Outlook blush wine

Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on May 7, 2008: Okay, I find this disturbing…getting killed by a train while talking on a cellphone and walking on train tracks. Wtf? Happened twice in the last month in the Kent-Auburn area. … Continue reading

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