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Belinda Jensen says we are behind in our precipitation and I haven’t seen the sun for near a week so I am very much ready for some warmer spring weather!!! It’s time for asparagus and ramps and I found a handful of Morels. I just about have the garden set for summer veggies and the grill is getting regular use.

Springtime wines are flowing like beer at our house and I have a couple of favorites for you. Some are new; some are old and trusted bottles. I’m sure many of you also love the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/ Viognier blend. The wine is so easy to pair with food as it goes with salads, poultry etc. The Felines Jourdan has been a favorite for years now. The tasty little Picpoul is a steal from Claude Jourdan, one of the hardest working women in the wine world! Lastly, nothing is hotter as a wine category right as red blends and this one is a home run! Bordeaux varieties in the Yakama Valley of Washington make up this outstanding red. My new grilling buddy! Let the sun shine!

-Bill The Wine Guy

 


 

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier California 2014
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The wine has enticing aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, fuzzy peach, ripe honeydew melon and yellow plum, mingled with touches of citrus blossom and white tea. The clean, vibrant palate enters with juicy pomelo, sweet lychee and honeyed tangerine fruits, balanced by vibrant acidity and hints of yellow apple and key lime pie that last through the crisp and refreshing finish.

 


 

Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2014
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Classic minerals and citrus flavors that dance lightly on the palate. This is the perfect wine for seafood, salads or patio slamming! It so over delivers for the money it’s absurd. Buy by the case!

 


 

Lone Birch Red Blend Yakima Valley 2013
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41% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot, this red blend imparts a bouquet of dark cherry and spice leading to a smooth finish with soft lingering tannins. Approachable and food-friendly, this wine pairs well with a wide range of dishes, this wine also way over delivers for the price! Another case buy!!!

 


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