Posted by: David Stewart | March 4, 2011

Silly name for wine country: Walla Walla, Washington

Walla Walla wine tasting event in Portland, February 28, 2011

Deb and I had a good time on Monday night sampling some wines from Walla Walla, Washington.

Wait a second. Walla Walla? What a silly sounding name! Almost as bad as Yamhill (Oregon) or even Napa.

The wines were uniformly warm weather varietals – no fragile pinot noir here. Robust cabernets and syrah’s were the order of the day. Like the Rogue River Valley AVA in southern Oregon, you can find some very nice blends, such as clarets, which mix cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot.

No wines were for sale – this was purely a tasting and a chance to get together with friends.

And, well, people watching was fun too. I ran into three ladies from my work who were having a great time tasting and laughing.

Here were a few of my personal favorites from the evening:

Walla Walla wine tasting event in Portland, February 28, 2011

Otis Kenyon: had a 2007 cabernet sauvignon which to my taste buds was best of show: bright and big with a nice acid and alcohol level.

Walla Walla wine tasting event in Portland, February 28, 2011

 

Tranche Cellars: These guys had a really nice barbera, which is an Italian varietal, and it was a nice friendly wine which would pair well with tomato-based foods.

 Walla Walla wine tasting event in Portland, February 28, 2011

Basel Cellars: very nice drinking wines, I particularly liked their claret and cabernet.

Walla Walla wine tasting event in Portland, February 28, 2011

Woodward Canyon:  were fine and quite approachable

 

I would agree that Walla Walla is probably a good target for a future long weekend for wine tasting.

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Responses

  1. Sometime you need to head out to Gaston and check out Kramer’s Barbara. It’s got a nice body and has aged really well the last year or so. Looking forward to it even more next year. Do you know if Otis Kenyon’s wines are available down here in Portland? I love cabs.

    Got a Korbel I’m waiting to open this summer when I have a nice med. well steak.

    Peace,
    Alan


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