“Last Friday of the Month” Neighborhood Wine Tasting – Oct 29th

Our Neighborhood “Last Friday of the Month” Wine Tasting is taking place on Friday, October 29th in TASTE Restaurant. Kick off the Halloween weekend with a fun and interactive wine tasting experience! We invite you to drop in anytime between 5-6:30pm to experience one  of our most favorite Washington wineries, DiStefano Winery.

For a $10 tasting fee, our guests will receive 2  glasses of wine, detailed information and discussions on the wines tasted, a small savory bite form TASTE Restaurant after each flight as well as a  sweet bite upon leaving the tasting.

In addition to the tasting, guests will also have the opportunity to purchase some of our finest small production wine at a special retail price. Should guests be interested in joining us for dinner, we would honor the purchase any of the featured wines at the reduced retail purchase price and waive any corkage fee.

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

When: October 29th     |   5:00-6:30pm

Where: TASTE Restaurant   |   1300 1st Avenue


October’s Wine Tasting Notes:

DiStefano   |    Sauvignon Blanc   |  2009  |  Columbia Valley     $19 reg / $16 (special retail price)

This Bordeaux varietal is has the traditional crispness of Sauvignon Blanc but the addition of 8% Semillon gives the wine a rich mouth feel.  Winemaker Hillary Sjolund stays true to this wine’s French origin delivering a tight expressive balanced wine.  Not quite enough Semillon to call it a “Bordeaux White” nor does it drink like one.  The nose is expressive but the body is lean and tight.  The Columbia Valley sourced fruit is taken from a cooler site giving beautiful acid to complement the finish.  

Grape Varietal:  92 % Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Semillon 

Tasting Note:   The aromas of lemon, golden delicious apples and orange cream fill the nose.  Vanilla, lime, citrus and pine linger on the palate with hints of limestone, slate and a bit of mango and sea-spray. This round and tight wine gives way to bright crisp acid that finishes beautifully.  

Winemaker’s Note:   DiStefano Winery was 2008 Washington Winery of the year.

DiStefano  |    Meritage   |  2005  |  Columbia Valley

$28 reg / $21 (special retail price)

This ‘Right Bank’ Bordeaux blend is a big, bold and full of flavor. In the Meritage,the Merlot blended in isn’t overwhelming the Cabernet Sauvignon or the Cabernet Franc, giving it an elegant proportion that shows in the wine’s depth. Balance is what this Meritage is all about.  The glass is full of robust stewed fruit, rich spice; dark molasses is picked up immediately in both the nose and palette.  The mature tannic structure comes alive as the acid comes up to for a very long toasty finish.  The style is true ‘Right Bank’ Bordeaux.  A drinker and a food wine great with rich fall gamey meats.

Grape Varietal:  38 % Merlot, 32 % Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30 % Cabernet Franc  

Tasting Note:   The balance of layers of flavors in this wine can’t be understated.  Opening with the stewed fruit, mince meat, licorices, black strap molasses and ‘Five Spice’ in the aromas of this.  The mouth is filled with blueberries, caramel, mint, black tea, earth and dust.  The toast of the French Oak is clear in the finish as the acid picks up giving in to round graceful conclusion. 

Winemaker’s Note:   Only 1,000 cases produced.

Donna Maria   |   Syrah-Grenache   |  2005  |  Columbia Valley $28 reg / $20 (special retail price)

A Rhone blend has the depth and richness of a Syrah but the use of a small amount of Grenache brings the wine a vegetable and spice note in the nose and palette. One of three blends produced by DiStefano, this wine is named after the Donna Distefano, our ‘Donna Marie’ .  A family with a history going back decades of producing wine for their family in their basement in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan.   From a winery known for their Bordeaux varietals and blends this wine is a pleasant surprise.  Subtle but full notes of cinnamon, basil, cedar, and sweet red cherry in the nose.  This carries one through the mouth with more fruit and spices coming alive as the wine opens.  A great match with bacon and creamy cheeses.  

Grape Varietal:  Syrah and Grenache 

Tasting Note:   Our first impression was “rich, layered, smooth (easy), and exotic”. A full nose of black fruit, cocoa and some fall spices of nutmeg and cinnamon with the traditional smoke of Syrah.  On the palette the lushness of vanilla, cigar, and wet coffee grounds come together creating a sense of warmth and comfort with a beautiful finish and soft acidity.

Winemaker’s Note:   This blend has been produced in different forms since 2004.

DiStefano   |   Syrah Reserve   |  2005  |  Columbia Valley                  $32 reg /$20 (special retail price)

A wine using 100% Syrah is a new addition to the DiStefano family of wines.  This Northern Rhone effort is a Syrah for Syrah drinker.  Rich and velvety fruit with a soft integrated tannic structure.  A Washington State Styled Syrah yet retains it’s French Old World roots in it’s refined fruit forward approach.   Not as big as many Syrah efforts out of the Columbia Valley, with a more restrained nose and lighter smoke profile.  Deep purple in color, the wine flows effortlessly over the palette.  Great mouth feel with soft easy acid.  Great with grilled meats and red sauce dishes or pizza.   

Grape Varietal:  100% syrah  

Tasting Note:   Very smooth and velvety with lots of black cherries, strawberry jam, and blueberry. Delicate overtones of violet mingle with vanilla and hints of old leather that add beautiful layers to this pleasant aromatic bouquet. The palate is really juicy with refined tannin, and spice. Finishes smooth, and lingers for a long time on the finish.

Winemaker’s Note:   Released March 2009 / 433 cases produced.

See you on Friday!

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