Columbia Crest winery has found a home in the Horse Heaven Hills of Washington for more than two decades. This region and winery combine to make some of Washington’s and maybe the world’s most affordable and best “every day” drinking wines. The soil deposits from the Missoula Floods during the Ice Age and the current climate help create a terroir there ideal for wine grapes like Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay & Riesling just to name a few. Continue reading “March Food and Wine Pairings”
For me, a big allure of the wine industry has always been the stories behind each winery. Today my fascination is with Fred Cline and Cline Cellars. As a child Fred would visit his grandfather Valeriano Jacuzzi in Contra Costa County, California. And yes this is the same Jacuzzi family from invention and marketing of spa’s and pumps. Although I’m sure Fred enjoyed the use of Jacuzzi Spa from time to time his real interest in visiting his grandparents were the acres and acres of vines on the property. With age Fred grew to love agriculture and how it played into winemaking. After studying at famed wine school UC Davis and with the support of his grandparents, Fred opened Cline Cellars in nearby Oakley, California in 1982.
Of course, a good story will only get me to open a bottle of wine once. Only with quality IN the bottle will I or anyone else come back again. With Cline Cellars great tasting wine most definitely resides in their bottles. Two wines that deserve a specific highlight are their Cashmere Red Blend and their Ancient Vines Zinfandel. The Cashmere is a blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah. The best way to describe is to call it silky. Tasting it will demonstrate that term. The success of their Cashmere has allowed the Cline Family to contribute over $200,000 annually to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Their Ancient Vines Zinfandel is generously supplied by the family’s 80-100 year old vines in Oakley. It is highlighted by dark berry fruit and coffee but I like to point to this wine as an example of what vanilla character can do for a wine. Try this Zin with grilled meats or light tomato sauces.
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