With celiac, beer is out of the picture. But, I’m definitely able to enjoy a fantastic glass (or two!) of wine. When our good friends Eric and Nicole suggested we join them and some friends for their annual trip to Walla Walla for the Spring Release weekend, we were all in.
With seven of us coming from Seattle, we decided to get a house off of VRBO. It was a great choice! We were walking distance from downtown, and I was able to get in some great runs in the mornings.
We started the trip with Abeja. Abeja’s grounds were beautiful, but unfortunately, we weren’t overly impressed with the wines.
Next up, was Reynvaan. Reynvaan is a relatively new winery started in 2004, and they recently closed their winery (after this spring) to list members only. Luckily, with our 2010 Futures order that we made, we’re now on the list . We got to meet Matt, Mike, and Gale, and had an absolutely fabulous time tasting some of the best wines that I’ve ever had. Every Syrah was unique and yet also spectacular. We purchased 2 bottles of the 2009 The Unnamed Syrah, and 2 bottles each of 2010 The Contender Syrah, In the Rocks Syrah, and the Unnamed Syrah.
Then we headed to Waters. We met Jamie and Dreux, and tasted through their series. My definite favorites (and our purchases) were the 2010 Tremolo and the 2009 Loess Syrah (Syrah became a definite trend of the weekend!).
Then Sleight of Hand. We didn’t love anything, but were also in a hurry to make it back to the house. We did make time for some lunch at the Andrae’s Kitchen food truck. The food was awesome. I had their fish tacos, Nick enjoyed his burger, and other folks also had burgers, fries, and poutine.
Finally, we finished day one with the Corliss Spring Release party. We got to enjoy some barrel samples, some fabulous wine, and of course had to make a Syrah purchase. We picked up half a case of the 2007 Syrah (which we ended up sharing with Andrea and Justin), and a bottle each of the 2005 Cabernet Franc and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. Of course, we’re now on the Corliss list as well…..
We started Saturday morning with the Figgins release party. The Figgins family started Leonetti Cellar, one of the big names in Walla Walla wine (and one of the infamous lists to get on the list). They make one red blend, and also had a fabulous 2010 Riesling. We picked up two bottles of the blend, and got on the list for the June release.
We then made our way downtown for the rest of the afternoon. First, we started with Charles Smith. Unfortunately Charles wasn’t there, but we did taste some great affordable wines, picked up two bottles of white (Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay) and pre-purchased (of course!) the 2009 “Royal City” Stoneridge Vineyard Syrah.
Otis Kenyon is another great affordable winery, and we were all big fans of their 2009 Carmenere. We also picked up a bottle of the 2008 Cab Sauv.
Then Spring Valley. Nicole is friends of the family, and their wines were quite good, although I must say that my favorite were the chocolate truffles made by Bright’s candies with the Nina Lee Syrah.
Finally, finished with Rotie Cellars before dinner. Nick was a fan of the 2010 Southern Blend, so we picked up two bottles.
Our last day, we went to L’Ecole No 41. It was a great finish, as we found a fantastic summer white with their Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend (good enough that we all shared a case!).
Downside of a fabulous trip? We had to make a wine budget category for Mint!