“Last Friday of the Month” Neighborhood Wine Tasting – July 30

 

TASTE Restaurant’s “Last Friday of the Month” Neighborhood Wine Tasting takes place on July 30th.  From 5-6:30pm guests are invited to swing by and experience some Washington (and a touch of OR) terroir driven wines that celebrate summer (pairing with food and back-yard sipin’) from some of our favorite producers – Mountain Dome, Cadaretta, Seven Hills and Foris.

For a $10 tasting fee, our guests will receive about 2 glasses of wine, detailed information about the wines, a small savory bite from TASTE Restaurant after each flight of wine, and a sweet bite to finish.

Guests will be able to buy some of our finest small-production wine at a one-time-only price. For those who decide to stay for dinner, TASTE will waive the corkage fee for any of the featured wines. For this Tasting, Chris Backe of Unique and TASTE’s Beverage Director Kris Rezac will be on hand to guide you through our summer wine tasting experience.

What:  TASTE’s “Last Friday of the Month” Neighborhood Wine Tasting  

When: July 30th    |   5:00-6:30pm

Where: TASTE Restaurant   |   1300 1st Avenue

 

July’s Wine Focus & Notes:

This month we are excited to introduce you to four unique summer focused wines. Easy drinking, fun to celebrate with, no frills – just well made, beautiful wines that should be a standard in the wine lovers household.

Mountain Dome  |     Brut Rosé     NV     |    Columbia Valley

$36 / $22 (special retail price) 

Washington state’s first Brut Rose made in the traditional French saignée method.  The grapes are crushed and then the Pinot Noir fruit is allowed to sit on their skins for 13 hours giving this Rose its distinctive hue. The Columbia Valley grapes go through the second fermentation in the bottle in the traditional French methoe champenoise process. Since 198, wine maker Michael Mantz and his family have grown the winery into the second largest producer of sparkling wines in the state.  With a 0.9% R.S. and aged in neutral oak barrels this is a great sparkler to pair with food.  

Grape Varietal:  85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay

Tasting Note:  Bright nose of strawberry and yeast flows effortlessly in to a rich soft finish with a slight citrus note.  The firm body leads to beautiful acid cleaning the pallet. Slight granite layered late in the finish.     

Winemaker’s Note:  Small production of 450 cases
 
 
Cadaretta   |   “SBS” Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon   |    2008  |   Columbia Valley

$36 / $22 (special retail price)

This is a traditional Bordeaux White in the true sense of the word.  A beautifully crafted,  rich, complex and refreshing wine. The grapes are source from the Arete Vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley producing both Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for Cadaretta. The Spring Creek Vineyard in the Yakima Valley with its 900 feet of elevation produces Sauvignon Blanc fruit with great acid and balance from this cooler site.  Fermented in 100% stainless steel this wine pairs wonderfully with any shellfish.

Grape Varietal:  80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Yakima Valley Orange Muscat

Tasting Note: The Sauvignon Blanc comes through the nose with gooseberry, metal and lemon lime. The Semillon brings some weight in the mouth feel but still crisp, with crab apple, citrus and gravel. Great structure.      

Winemaker’s Note: Cadaretta planted Estate vines in the Walla Walla Valley in 2008

Seven Hills    |   Viognier “Talcott Vineyard”  |   2008   |   Columbia Valley           

$33 / $20 (special retail price) 

 

A true Washington styled Viognier.  Big, floral, and rich.  Seven Hills Winery is one of the founding wineries in the Walla Walla Valley, producing wine since 1988.  Wine maker Casey McClellan sources fruit throughout Washington and Oregon in addition to the Estate grapes of the winery.  The Talcott Vineyard is a warm site located on the east side of the Columbia River, near Mattawa.  The wine doesn’t go through malolactic fermentation so it keeps its crispness even though it is aged in oak.  Great with goat cheese, honey, and creamy foods. 

Grape Varietal:  100% Talcott Vineyard Viognier

Tasting Note: Sweet flowers, jasmine, lilac, and sweet peas fill the olfactory.  The round mouth is layered in orange, peach, cream, vanilla and honey.  Finishes with a light spice and easy acid.  

Foris  |   “Fly Over Red” Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc |   2008   |    Washington-Oregon

$22 / $14 (special retail price) 

Foris Vineyards have been producing wine since 1974.  This Bordeaux red blend sources 60% of it’s grapes from Washington and 40% from Oregon.  With most of the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot coming from a warm site in the Yakima Valley.  The Oregon fruit is the from the Rouge Valley AVA.  Big and bold, deep and dark, is this wine’s calling card.  Tannins are chewy and earthy. Complex concentrated flavors in a rounded package.  Wimpy it is not. Drink today or age a few years to soften.  A great value.      .

Grape Varietal:  55% Merlot 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Cabernet Franc 

Tasting Note:  Dark fruit, black cherry, violets, and mocha aromas.  Fried Blackberry Pie, black fruit, earth, mushroom, black tea, milk chocolate fills the pallet.  Slight green tea from the Cabernet Franc.  Acid is late but lingering.   

Winemaker’s Note:  Winery is located in the Rogue Valley AVA, Oregon’s smallest AVA 

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