Blind wine tasting and a visit to a local winery

In two very cold clear days the Ginkgo tree lost all of its gold leaves.
In two very cold clear days the Ginkgo tree lost all of its gold leaves.

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.

Bind tasting of nine wines!
Bind tasting of nine wines!

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.

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