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As you read this I am on a plane with eight of my colleagues returning from a trip to Washington. I’m very grateful to have spent the week in Washington rather than in Napa and Sonoma. My heart goes out to everyone in Northern California affected by the wildfires. We’ll be following up with a report about the effects on the California wine industry. There have been wildfire issues in Washington as well, but the amount of fuel for fire building is much less in Washington’s wine regions thanks to the vineyards growing in the desert-like rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain Range. Napa and Sonoma Counties have a lot more vegetation, which, when dry spells come, can be a combustible nightmare.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery has been a leader in developing vineyards in these warm and dry microclimates since the 1970s. They have not only been the leader in grape production, but they have also trained legions of fabulous winemakers. Some folks remain with CSM and some have moved on to start up their own ventures, thus adding to the overall Washington wine experience. Below are four wines we are featuring this week along with descriptions from the head of winemaking for CSM, Bob Bertheau. You may be familiar with these great wines but they are definitely worth another look and another glass.

Cheers!

-Bill the Wine Guy

 


 

CSM Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
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“The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine typifies the Wahluke Slope region with dark fruit aromas and flavors. Syrah added an enhanced richness and concentration to the wine.” Bob Bertheau, Winemaker
Regular Price $19.99
Reward Price $14.96 750ml
Prices good thru November 23rd, 2017

 


 

 

CSM Indian Wells Merlot
CSM-IW-Merlot_medium “The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors typical of Wahluke Slope reds. This is a full-bodied style of warm climate Merlot with a round, supple finish. We added Wahluke Slope Syrah to enhance the mouthfeel and rich fruit character. I call this my pasta wine!” Bob Bertheau, Winemaker
Regular Price $19.99
Reward Price $14.96 750ml
Prices good thru November 23rd, 2017

 


 

 

CSM Indian Wells Red Blend
CSM_btl_iw_red_store “The Indian Wells Red Blend is an easy to enjoy red from warmer climate vineyards. The wine reflects the rich, round powerful style of Washington fruit, highlighting seven varietals. It is a true example of the art of blending. The wine offers jammy boysenberry flavors from the Syrah with a luscious concentration from the Merlot. This would be a great match with barbecue ribs.” Bob Bertheau, Winemaker
Regular Price $19.99
Reward Price $14.96 750ml
Prices good thru November 23rd, 2017

 


 

 

CSM Indian Wells Chardonnay
CSM_btl_iw_ch_store “Our Indian Wells Chardonnay delivers an appealing tropical fruit character typical of warm sites like the Wahluke Slope. I like this Chardonnay’s ripe pineapple and butterscotch flavors and rich, creamy texture. Try it with scallops, scampi or pasta with rich sauces.”
Regular Price $19.99
Reward Price $14.96 750ml
Prices good thru November 23rd, 2017

 

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