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Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2012

Pacific Northwest Wine of the Week for Feb. 7, 2012

This week: Covey Run Sauvignon Blanc. William Church Winery. Fresh Press. Grape growers convention. Red Wine and Chocolate. Upcoming wine events. Wade Wolfe.

Feb. 7, 2012
Vol. 13, No. 6

Covey Run Winery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

Appellation: Columbia Valley

Winemaker Kate Michaud worked in New Zealand at famed Kim Crawford, and that may help explain the style and skill she has displayed with Sauvignon Blanc in each of the past three vintages. Aromas feature gooseberry pie, Meyer lemon, lime, peach, river rock and a whiff of tom cat. There's delicious acidity to the drink that brings Key lime, lychee, more wet stone and some grapefruit bitterness. Those who enjoy dry Riesling will also appreciate this. Rated "Outstanding" by Wine Press Northwest magazine. (3,420 cases, 13.5% alc.)

Price: $9

Food matches: Enjoy this with shellfish, halibut, baked chicken or roasted vegetables.

Covey Run Winery, 14030 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, WA 98072, 866-960-9259, www.coveyrun.com

Recent Wines of the Week

-- Wind Rose Cellars 2009 Red Heaven Barbera, Red Mountain

-- Gamache Vintners 2007 Estate Merlot, Columbia Valley

Best Buys

-- Columbia Crest 2009 Two Vines Merlot-Cab, Washington, $8

-- Willow Crest Winery 2010 Estate Pinot Gris, Yakima Valley, $10

More about Covey Run

Today, Covey Run is one of Washington's largest wineries and is known for producing quality wines at value prices. Kate Michaud is Covey Run's winemaker, and she spends most of her time east of the Cascade Mountains, where the grapes are grown and the wine is crafted.

Covey Run started in the early 1980s in the Yakima Valley as Quail Run Vintners, and the founders hired Stan Clarke as winemaker. A California winery with a similar name threatened a lawsuit in 1986, and the owners chose to change the name rather than fight.

In 1996, Associated Vintners (which also owned Columbia Winery) purchased Covey Run. In 1999, Constellation Brands purchased Covey Run, Columbia Winery and Ste. Chapelle in Idaho. And in 2008, Ascentia Wine Estates of Healdsburg, Calif., purchased the wineries from Constellation.

For a brief time, Covey Run had a separate tasting room in Woodinville, but it closed. Each summer, a charity run, called the Covey Run, takes place in Woodinville as part of the Auction of Washington Wines.

This week's Fresh Press

This week's issue of Fresh Press spotlights the wines of William Church, a small producer in Woodinville, Wash., making superb reds and whites.

Get the freshest reviews of recently released Northwest wines with Fresh Press.

Fresh Press publishes every Monday and is an easy-to-download PDF that is perfect for viewing digitally and is formatted to be easily printed.

Download this week's edition of Fresh Press.

Grape growers descend on Washington wine country

The annual convention of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers started this afternoon in Kennewick and will continue through Friday. More than 2,000 are expected to attend the 20 seminars and trade show.

Find out more about the WAWGG conference.

Red Wine & Chocolate

The first big wine weekend of the year is coming up in Washington's Yakima Valley. Red Wine & Chocolate is Feb. 18-19, and more than 50 wineries will open their doors to pair chocolate desserts with their wines.

Learn more.

Upcoming wine events

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

This Saturday, Argyle Winery gets into the spirit of love with its "Pre-Valentine's Day Event." Taste the 2004 Nuthouse Pinot Noir from Argyle's library alongside the 2009 vintage at the Dundee, Ore., tasting room. Cost is $6.

To see more events (or submit yours at no cost), go to our calendar. We currently have 130 upcoming events on our calendar.

Wade Wolfe on grape growers convention

Wade Wolfe, owner and winemaker for Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, talks about the annual Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers convention, which is taking place at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

You can watch the Northwest Winecast two ways (both free):

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http://www.youtube.com/WinePressNW

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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