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Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012

Pacific Northwest Wine of the Week for Feb. 21, 2012

This week: Nodland Bebop Riesling. Barnard Griffin in Fresh Press. Winemaker leaving Mercer Estates. Woodward Canyon ownership changes. Savor Cannon Beach. Upcoming wine events. Walter Dacon Wines.

Feb. 21, 2012
Vol. 13, No. 8

Nodland Cellars 2010 Bebop Riesling

Appellation: Columbia Valley

This young Spokane, Wash., winery released some stunning reds earlier this year, and Tim and Tracy Nodland's diversity shows with this deliciously jazzy Riesling. There's inviting fresh fruit cocktail aromas with peach, green apple, lychee, grapefruit and facial powder. The flavor profile open with kiwki fruit , peaches and mango as the sweetness (2.2% residual sugar) sits on the palate before pink grapefruit arrives for balance. Rated "Outstanding" by Wine Press Northwest magazine. (112 cases, 11% alc.)

Price: $16

Food matches: Enjoy with Tex-Mex, Thai or other spicy foods.

Nodland Cellars, 11616 E. Montgomery Drive, Ste 70, Spokane, WA 99206, 509-927-7770, www.nodlandcellars.com

Recent Wines of the Week

-- Stoller Vineyards 2008 SV Estate, Dundee Hills

-- Covey Run Winery 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley

Best Buys

-- Hyatt Vineyards 2009 Syrah, Rattlesnake Hills, $10 -- Columbia Crest 2010 Two Vines Gewurztraminer, Washington, $8

More about Nodland Cellars

Tim Nodland caught the wine bug and began making Cabernet Sauvignon in 1999. After much critical success as an amateur winemaker, he launched his eponymous winery in 2005.

Nodland also loves music, which is reflected on his wine labels, and he plays in a band called "Timmy Swift and the Swingin' Vinos."

This week's Fresh Press

This week's issue of Fresh Press spotlights the wines of Barnard Griffin in Richland, Wash. Rob Griffin, above right, has been making wine in Washington for 35 years. Mickey French, left, associate winemaker, has been with the winery since 1997.

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Forsyth leaving Mercer Estates

David Forsyth announced Tuesday that he is leaving Mercer Estates. He has been winemaker for the 20,000-case winery since 2007. Prior to that, he was at Hogue Cellars since the mid-1980s.

Forsyth, who will leave the Yakima Valley winery in May, plans to focus more of his effort on his own small winery, which has a yet-to-be-named label but focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon. He also plans to do a bit of consulting winemaking.

Read more.

Woodward Canyon ownership changes

Woodward Canyon, one of the Walla Walla Valley's oldest and most respected wineries, has announced that winemaker Kevin Mott and sales director Thomas Woodley have become shareholders.

They join founders Rick Small and Darcey Fugman-Small and their children, Jordan Dunn-Small and Sager Small, in ownership of the winery. Mott and Woodley have worked at Woodward Canyon since 2003.

Read more.

Savor Cannon Beach

Mark your calendar for March 8-11 and head to the Oregon Coast for the annual Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival. The event will feature about 30 wineries, a professional wine judging, wine dinners, seminars and fun events.

Yours truly will put on a seminar on pairing Northwest wines and artisan cheeses, which is shaping up to be a fun event.

Learn more.

Upcoming wine events

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

Michael Florentino Cellars will celebrate the grand opening of its Woodinville tasting room with food and wine.

To see more events (or submit yours at no cost), go to our calendar. We currently have 108 upcoming events on our calendar.

Walter Dacon Wines

Lloyd Anderson is the owner/winemaker of Walter Dacon, a small, high-end producer near the Olympic Peninsula town of Shelton. Anderson focuses most of his effort on Syrah, making four different versions of the wine. He also makes a Sangiovese, a fortified dessert wine and a fun red blend called Skookum Red.

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Wine Press Northwest e-edition

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