It was our last day of class before the Thanksgiving break. Peter Frampton on the local radio station, aubergine and black cherry smears below the butter yellow of the still-sun lit sky, I can see the first faint glimmers starlight in the deepening blanket. If we reached temps over freezing during the day it was only a few degrees.
Our last major tasting in Enology was Wahluke Slope AVA, Ancient Lakes AVA and Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Cold Creek Vineyard, just outside the Wahluke Slope AVA: nine wines! But we tasted them blind, which was great since it meant we didn’t have preconceived notions about what each wine should be. (At Brix & Stone we did lots of blind beer tastings and had fun examining flavor profiles with our customers.) Two whites, a rose, and five reds across AVA’s and vintages made for a very interesting tasting. Nice way to finish the AVA tastings in this class.
Two of our wines were locally made: Monarch from Palencia Wine Company. The best part is that the wine maker, Victor Palencia, is a graduate of WWCC’s E&V program. Fellow student Maria and I went to the winery where we visited and tasted the flight of offerings; perfect way to finish this Friday afternoon. So taken with the conversation that I didn’t think to snap a picture, sorry.