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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012

Pacific Northwest Wine of the Week for Jan. 31, 2012

This week: Wind Rose Cellars Barbera. Cloudlift Cellars. Grape growers convention. E-edition. Upcoming wine events. Gourmet spice blends.

Feb. 1, 2012
Vol. 13, No. 5

Wind Rose Cellars 2009 Red Heaven Barbera

Appellation: Red Mountain

Owner/winemaker David Volmut graduated from Yakima Valley Community College's winemaking program and trained at now-defunct Olsen Estates in Prosser before opening his own winery last year in the town of Sequim on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. The aromatics show off dark black fruit, Guatemalan cardamom, graphite, tar, smoky vanilla bean. Flavors bring Van cherries, blackberry, bittersweet chocolate hints of leather, black tea and enjoyable acidity. Rated "Outstanding" by Wine Press Northwest magazine. (85 cases, 14.5% alc.)

Price: $25

Food matches: Slice up some lasagna or pizza.

Wind Rose Cellars, 155 B W. Cedar St., Sequim, WA 98383, 360-358-5469, www.windrosecellars.com

Recent Wines of the Week

-- Gamache Vintners 2007 Estate Merlot, Columbia Valley

-- Smasne Cellars 2008 Phinny Hill Vineyard Carmenere, Horse Heaven Hills

Best Buys

-- Pine & Post 2009 Merlot, Washington, $6

-- Columbia Crest 2009 Two Vines Chardonnay, Washington, $8

More about Wind Rose Cellars

David and Jennifer Volmut own and operate this young producer in the Olympic Peninsula town of Sequim. Their focus is on Italian varieties, including Barbera, Nebbiolo, a rose and a red blend called Bravo Rosso.

David graduated from Yakima Valley Community College's winemaking program and launched the winery in 2009, and his first releases have been dynamite.

This week's Fresh Press

This week's issue of Fresh Press spotlights the wines of Cloudlift Cellars, a small producer in Seattle that is crafting superb wines. Owner Tom Stangeland also is an accomplished woodworker and chef.

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Grape growers head to Washington wine country

The annual convention and trade show for the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers is coming to the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick next week. Nearly 2,000 people are expected to attend from throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Dozens of workshops will intermingle with a lively trade show the will spotlight the latest technology in the world of grape growing and winemaking.

Find out more about the WAWGG conference.

Wine Press Northwest Winter issue e-edition

We have posted the latest issue of Wine Press Northwest. The e-edition, an electronic facsimile of the magazine, is freely available for your perusal and enjoyment.

Read the e-edition.

Upcoming wine events

Each week, we highlight an upcoming wine event in the Pacific Northwest.

Col Solare on Washington's Red Mountain plays host to "Wine, Wit & Wisdom" this Saturday. The event starts and noon and features wine, appetizers and a featured speaker who will read from selected poems, passages, sonnets and songs. Food and wine are available for purchase.

To see more events (or submit yours at no cost), go to our calendar. We currently have 113 upcoming events on our calendar.

Wine country chef creates spice blends

Jason LaBarge grew up in Kennewick, Wash., attended the Western Culinary Institute in Portland and returned to the Tri-Cities as a chef. His passion for creating spice blends and rubs as executive chef for Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, Wash., has developed into the launch of LaBarge Gourmet Spices. His wine-friendly product line is available at Badger Mountain/Powers Winery, Barnard Griffin Winery, Yoke's Fresh Market in Kennewick, The Northwest Regional Food Hub in Richland, Wash., ShopTheNorthwest.com and through Facebook at LaBarge Gourmet Spices.

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Find Northwest wine events

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Wine Press Northwest e-edition

We have loaded up the past 15 issues of Wine Press Northwest in a freely available e-edition format, with a goal of eventually posting a complete archive of the magazine, going back to 1998.

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