It is not only California, but Washington and Oregon as well that has established the entire west coast as a world class wine producing region. California has had considerably more time to develop its industry, but Oregon and Washington are growing in wine production at a rapid rate. Still, California accounts for nearly 90 percent of American wine production and if California were a separate country, it would be the world's fourth largest wine producer. In Oregon, commercial production did not begin until the 1960’s. At this point there are some 725 wineries in the state encouraging a tourism industry has developed around wine tasting. Similarly in Washington, the number of wineries (over 800) has increased 400% in the last decade, attracting millions of visitors to Washington wine country every year and creating a multi-million dollar wine-tourism industry, not unlike California. Our golden state now boasts over 1200 wineries, from boutique to massive internationals.
2015 A to Z Pinot Gris, Dundee, Oregon
List price 15.00; Our price 12.99
This Pinot Grigio offers exuberant aromas of peach, honeysuckle, lime blossom and kiwi, with spicier notes of orange zest, cinnamon, ginger, basil, plum and kumquat emerging in the glass. The palate is ripe and concentrated with lush fruit flavors underpinned by mineral notes and juicy acidity. Wine Enthusiast rates this wine at 90 points: “The price of this all-occasion white wine keeps creeping up, but the quality stays high, even as production levels push toward six figures. It's lightly spritzy, pale lemon in color, and tastes remarkably like grapefruit, with a gentle dusting of sugar. As fresh as can be, it should be paired with something like chicken breasts in a citrus sauce. BEST BUY rating
14 Hands Winery Brut, Columbia Valley, Washington
List price 15.00; Our price 9.99
This tasty sparkler has delicate flavors of apples and citrus with lively acidity, which makes it a perfect match for a variety of appetizers and entrees. Wine Enthusiast awarded it 89 Points along with a BEST BUY rating.
14 Hands Winery Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley, Washington
List price 15.00; Our price 9.99
The wine opens with aromas of citrus rind, tart cherries, rhubarb, strawberries and spice. The flavors are dry, with a lively mousse that makes the wine all the more fun. This bright coral colored sparkling rosé has notes of green papaya and young red fruit mesh with soft tannins and creamy texture leading to a bright refreshing finish of mixed berries. 89 Points from Wine Spectator
2013 Yamhill Valley Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
List price 25.00; Our price 19.99
This elegant and floral Pinot Noir expresses Yamhill terroir in a cooler vintage, blending multiple clones planted in different soil types over a range of elevations. Diversity and complexity are a combination of vineyard management, cellar treatment and using an array of different oak and winemaking techniques. Enjoy with a variety of different foods, which highlight the fruit and earth driven flavors.
2012 Opolo Cabernet Sauvignon, Summit Ck, Paso Robles, CA
List price 24.00; Our price 19.99
Aromas and flavors of sesame candy, walnut nougat, and mulberries merge with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, crisp finish revealing shades of raisin, sweet spice, mocha, and cedar with tannins. This is a nice fruity steak wine given the firm tannins.
2011 Opaque Petite Verdot, Paso Robles, CA
List price 30.00; Our price 19.99
The word opaque means "impenetrable to light” and refers to the dark, inky, impenetrable color of this wine. Originally from Bordeaux, Petit Verdot is normally used for blending with other grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Occasionally, it is produced on its own when it merits scrutiny.
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