We recently had the opportunity to taste wine described as "hidden gems" from Walla Walla: Mackey Vineyards 2009 Syrah ($32), 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($32) and 2009 Concordia ($38). We give a thumbs up to all three.
Mackey Vineyards was launched in 2010 by Philip and Roger Mackey, who collaborated with winemaker Billo Naravane of Rasa Vineyards. Although gaining some local acclaim, the portfolio is not very well known across the state. As a result, Write …
…Idaho wines are often a bargain given their quality and tend to sell for much less than the Walla Walla wines that some makers compare them to. This helps sell the wines, but it also limits vineyard growth. Low wine prices dictate low grape prices, which means low vineyard land valuation.
An economic impact statement prepared in 2008 projected that the number of Idaho wineries would continue to grow from 11 in 2002 to 38 in 2008 to 78 in 2015. The current number is around 50, much less than …
…tough competition ( Douro, Rías Baixas, Stellenbosch, Walla Walla), and those were the finalists: in our actual meeting last summer to develop that list, even more famous wine regions were put forth by various editors. Paso emerged triumphant over all of them. Congratulations to everyone down there in this Central Coast appellation!
In 1996, inspired by his discovery of a few acres of poor, stony soil in Walla Walla that reminded him of the famous galets of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, he abandoned plans to grow Pinot Noir in Oregon and instead bought the land and planted a Syrah vineyard. "I almost fell on my derrière when I saw that field of stones! They changed the path of my life."
"People said I was crazy, that I'd break my equipment and waste my time and money," he recalls. "But …
…and about the unique geography and climate of Walla Walla, and why it produces such compelling wines.
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Walla Walla. Ekuk. Berlin.
Sun-warm tomatoes. Skating on glaciers. Candles. Steam baths. Kettle bells and earrings.
Food with friends. Silence. Writing in coffee shops. Meeting strangers in airports.
Letting the guy in line behind you at the grocery store buying K-Y Jelly at 11pm go first.
Seeding pomegranates. Eating pomegranates.
Cloud watching. Sketching architectural lines.
Calling home. Getting on a plane. To anywhere.
Trimming the unnecessary.
Procuring what …
…anything, I would like to think that in some small way this blog contributed to getting the word out about Walla Walla wines and it contributed to the wineries of Walla Walla learning about wine bloggers, as well. In the mean time, I will be in search of that wine that outmatches us. Perhaps someday I will be back to tell you all about it.
As Margot Channing said in the movie, All About Eve, "Slow curtain, the end."
Contrary to what is usual and almost traditional here in the Walla Walla Valley, it's welcoming to see a line-up of wines where four of the five wines are white varietals and only one red - - and an unusual red blend, at that. Paul refers to the line-up of white wines as "The Aromatics" and has chosen not to write his own wine tasting notes. Instead we are to "fill in the blanks." Here's my filler list.
Waitsburg Cellars " Cheninières" Old Vine…
And special thanks to the winemakers who attended, always great to talk to Bitner Vineyards ; …and Mary Bitner from
…sponsored receptions, Wine bloggers are known to roam the host city in search of wine. In Walla Walla, named for its wall-to-wall tasting rooms, attendees formed a downtown wine crawl. In Charlottesville, no restaurant on West Main was left unexplored by Rioja seekers. I hope Penticton is ready for us.
Then, hotel room parties carry on after the post-dinner events. It may be a private gathering or a sponsored soiree, but you can always count on tasting something interesting, if not …