Wine Tasting - New Releases of Columbia Valley Syrah|
October 18th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Columbia Valley Syrah, for inclusion on our list. Think about the greatest floods ever documented on Earth-about a wave 500 feet high bursting through the ruptured ice dam of Glacial Lake Missoula, sweeping south across Eastern Washington at 50 miles an hour. Think about the brunt of 2,500 cubic kilometers of water rushing with a flow 10 times greater than the combined flow of all the rivers in the world, scouring the land to its bedrock bones-not just once, but as many as 90 times, as the ice dam repeatedly formed and failed, over intervals of 35 to 55 years, beginning some 15,300 years ago-creating an enormously complex geological riddle and hundreds of publication topics for scores of geologists since J Harlen Bretz first realized how the tortured landscape of the Channeled Scablands was formed. The prevailing southwesterly winds, which still prevail and still continue the geologic process, lifted the glacial sediments, the loess deposited by the floods, carrying it back north, distributing it approximately along the floods' path, relinquishing finally what remained as the thick loess dunes of the Palouse. This windblown silt deposited over the underlying volcanic basalt, layered with the ash of intermittent eruptions of Northwest volcanoes from Mazama to St. Helens-this is the literal grounding of Eastern Washington's terroir. Washington's wine regions mostly lie in the flat, rural, southeastern part of the state (the miniscule Puget Sound appellation, with a mere 80 acres of vineyards, is the lone exception). The largest by far is the Columbia Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), which covers almost 11 million acres, nearly a third of the state. The largest by far is the Columbia Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), which covers almost 11 million acres, nearly a third of the state. Other AVAs are much smaller-for instance, Red Mountain, an up- and-coming source for some of the state's best Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots, covers just 4,040 acres. Syrah forms intense wines, with deep violet, nearly black color, chewy texture and richness, and often alcoholic strength, with aromas that tend to be more spicy than fruity. Washington's Syrahs often have a peppery gaminess that recalls France's northern Rhone instead of the sweet, dense fruit that warmer climates give. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Columbia Crest, "Grand Estates", Columbia Valley 2011
Genesis, Columbia Valley 2009
Charles Smith Wines, "Boom Boom", Washington State 2013
Reininger, "Helix", Columbia Valley 2009
K Vintners, "Milbrandt", Wahluke Slope, Walla Walla 2012
Reservations required; please call the front desk at (802) 253-5742 or (800) 826-7000.
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