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Winery Highlight and Tasting Opportunity: Walla Walla Vintners

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Locally owned, Belle & Bottle began their Signature Wine Club in 2017, partnering with highly acclaimed Washington wineries to offer opportunities to access premium wines, without having to join multiple wine clubs. Owner Laura Huston created Belle & Bottle as a fresh approach carefully curating the best offerings from boutique wineries, focusing on small lot releases of award-winning wines.  Laura has offered to present a wine recommendation and/or tasting opportunity to the subscribers of Eat Stay Love Sno Co each week! Cheers, Laura!!

Winery Highlight and Tasting Opportunity: Walla Walla Vintners

One of the first wineries to offer their support of Belle & Bottle was Walla Walla Vintners. Their cabernet franc is the wine that began my love affair with this varietal. When I tasted through the wines to select the food pairings for a dinner I coordinated, it was my favorite wine, even though I said, “but I don’t like cab franc.” The night of the dinner, I watched it sell by the case to the guests. The team at WWV is top-notch both in personality and in skill. It is a favorite stop each time I visit Walla Walla, as I look forward to seeing the big red barn, knowing there are friendly faces waiting inside. Each year they continue to be awarded hardware for many of their wines. 

A bit of background: Walla Walla Vintners was started in 1995 by Gordy Venneri and Myles Anderson.  WWV was one of the pioneers of the Walla Walla Valley and In 2016, was honored to be named “Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest.  This past year was a year of change at the winery, seeing the retirement of Myles and Gordy and welcoming the Haladay family as owners. Winemaker William vonMetzger, stays at the helm, to continue to produce their elegant and age-worthy wines.

Belle & Bottle’s winter club shipment was lucky to include one of their club only releases:

2011 Sagemoor Vineyard Cuvée

Wine Specs: 152 cases produced.49% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc. Aged 22 months in 33% new French oak, 33% once-filled French and 34% neutral oak barrels.

Tasting Notes: “Old vine and other-worldly, firm yet surprisingly supple tannins wrap around a core of dark fruit, blackberry, and currant, generously sprinkled with white pepper and crushed stone, slowly receding through layer after layer of leather, espresso, and spice in an unending finish.”

This red blend is elegant, with enough structure to pair well with a nice dinner you prepare for your friends. Choose your favorite protein (think sous vide filet or braised lamb) and accompany with nice winter sides, it won’t disappoint.

We still have limited availability for club members.  To join:

Save the date:

Taste their new lineup along with wines from many other stellar wineries from Walla Walla.

FEBRUARY 12, 2018

Walla Walla Wine @ McCaw Hall

“Under one roof, you can sample a selection of wines from 40 of the Walla Walla Valley’s finest wineries. Mingle with principals and winemakers who will pour for you and answer your questions, while sharing their insights on the vintage and their current releases. Experience the commitment and passion that gives the renowned wine region of the Walla Walla Valley its energy and personality. This opportunity will enhance your understanding of the wines produced in this inviting corner of Washington State. It is an experience that will leave you wanting to visit our town and see the inner workings of a very special wine community. Our wineries are excited to bring the Walla Walla Valley tasting experience to Seattle.” – Walla Walla Wine.

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