April 2019 Cellar Club
For many years oenophiles and the casual wine drinker alike would head straight to Napa for their wine tasting travels. Over the years the wines of the West Coast have moved far from the well known Napa and expanded to the entire West Coast. While Napa Valley continues to reign as a wine lovers' paradise, we are now able to enjoy delicious varieties hailing from the coolest climates of Northern Washington all the way down to the hot deserts of Baja.
For the April Cellar Club we selected two of our favorite wines from Oregon and Washington and we hope you enjoy these West Coast wonders!
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Wine Pick #1:
2016 Kiona Columbia Valley Estates Cuvee
Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Washington
Kiona Vineyards is a three generation family winery that rightfully claims the honor of being the first vineyard on what many consider to be THE best site in all of Washington, the legendary Red Mountain AVA. Indeed, Kiona grown fruit is among the most coveted and is found in over 60 of the best wineries in the state including Betz, Gorman, Col Solare, and Charles Smith among others. The Williams family realize the value of the land and respect their role as caretakers of its unique attributes. Their wines reflect this origin; powerful, opulent, balanced wines of distinction.
Wine Pick #2:
2017 Day Vin de Days BlancWillamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker Brianne Day fell in love with wine almost by accident. A family move to Oregon's Willamette Valley awakened a passion that led to her selling everything and travelling the world's wine regions seeking the knowledge and experience that brought her back home to craft her own wines. Her first efforts caught fire with critics and restaurateurs alike. Day's use of natural yeasts, low sulphur, minimal puchdowns and pumpovers, little new oak are benchmarks of her desire to let the fruit shine through. At only 5,000 cases total production of all wines, this is a wonderful, handmade blend.
CHEESE PAIRING OF THE MONTH:
Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper
Aged Sheep Milk Cheese Made Exclusively For Cypress Grove in Holland
Lamb Chopper is Cypress Grove's only sheep milk cheese, but that's not its only claim to fame. Lamb Chopper has a buttery color, smooth texture, and is mild on the palate, but don't equate "mild" with "lack of complexity"! This is a nutty, subtly sweet cheese that's soft and smearable, thanks to the higher fat in sheep milk. Aged three months, Lamb Chopper is a real crowd pleaser and a favorite with kids.Cypress Grove is the leading producer of delicious American goat cheese that makes you want to do the happy dance, including Humboldt Fog, the Original American Original. Founded in 1983 by goat cheese pioneer Mary Keehn.
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Recipe of the Month:
Miniature Napoleons with Eggplant Creme
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