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2005 Zerba Cellars Reds

2005 Zerba Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

The 2005 Zerba Cellars Walla Walla Valley Cabernet is a smooth and supple full-bodied wine with aromas of cherry and oak; soft entry gives way to black currant and burnt cherry flavors with subtle undertones of licorice and chocolate. Nice mid-palate; great acidity; medium-long finish. 988 cases produced. Vineyard(s}: Dad’s, Kelly, Lafore and Winesap Road Vineyards Milton-Freewater, OR

Rating: 89 | $30 | 14.1% ABV | Find this wine to buy: Vinquire | WineZap.com

2005 Zerba Cellars Syrah, Columbia Valley

Beautiful burnt garnet in color, the 2005 Zerba Cellars Columbia Valley Syrah is full-bodied with flavors of blackberries, mocha and spice. It’s a well-rounded wine with chewy texture and richness; long finish with integrated black pepper, spice and a hint of chocolate. 887 cases produced. Vineyard: Winesap Road and Dad’s Vineyard, Milton-Freewater, OR. Willard and Minnick Vineyards, Prosser, WA

Rating: 92 | $22 | 14.0% ABV | Find this wine to buy: Vinquire | WineZap.com Read the full story

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Tough Pairings and Easy Sharings

We started our 2011 celebration a little early choosing to invite a few new social media friends we recently connected with to our home for a wine dinner. I really do not approve of anyone I am fond of driving on New Year’s Eve, so Friday night was spent in an intimate setting with just the company of Pamalicious to enjoy my culinary creations and myself to enjoy her wine pairings. Although we did not reach the milestone referred to in the novel Heat by Bill Buford when he described a scene where Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich; sat down to create new menu items for Babbo while visiting Italy. It was reported that they consumed a full case of wine just between the two of them. Three and a half maybe four bottles is my limit who knows I might get there someday. We can all dream.

The dinner was set for 12-27-2010 and when our guests arrived for our pre-NYE early celebration, we were excited so we opened an NV J Rose Brut, a luscious wine that is masterful at complementing a wide range of culinary creations. I think 2011 should be the year everyone pledges to open a bottle of wine every time they get excited. Read the full story

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Indefinite Hiatus for Nicholas Cole Cellars

After nearly a decade in business, Nicholas Cole Cellars has decided to call it quits—for now. The winery’s future is uncertain, as evident with a recent statement made by founder and winemaker Mr. Neuffer.

On August 9th, 2010, after a seven year battle with cancer, my children’s mother Susan Neuffer, quietly lost the fight and passed away. Nicholas and Michele’s lives were changed forever and I began the inevitable reevaluation of my priorities and responsibilities to my children, my future and the future of Nicholas Cole Cellars. I immediately moved to the Seattle area to take care of my kids. After much reflection and soul-searching, I decided to Read the full story

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A Few Highlights from the Wine Bloggers Conference ‘10

We interrupt this program to bring you a few highlights from the Walla Walla Wine Blogger Conference ’10.

Speed tasting – I was ousted by some dude named Steve Paulo. #twitterfail #twitterfail #twitterfail #twitterfail I demand a rematch!

Controversy over the ’09 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz – Time to throw a red flag here. At $180 a bottle, I expected more. Did price influence bloggers?

Private barrel tasting at Basel Cellars: Winemaker Justin Basel of Basel Cellars rocked it with a private barrel tasting of the ’08 Malbec which happens to be some pretty tasty juice.

…and listening to Chad Johnson from Dusted Valley – talking about evacuating Basel Cellars Cellar… Hilarious! Read the full story

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