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If Water is Life, Wine is Living

The first time I visited Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Cold Creek Vineyard, I thought the Sonora Dessert looked more hospitable. The view for 180 degrees was brown dirt and scrub brush, but turn around and beautiful, green vines climbed up the south facing slope as far as I could see. Water is the difference; access to water that is. As the CSM winemaking team puts it, “Our sun-drenched, 40+ year-old vines at Cold Creek estate vineyard are grown in weak loamy sand and gravel soils with low water holding capacity. This “silty loam” produces moderate crops and concentrated grapes, resulting in intense flavors in all varietals and deep color in the red fruit. Along with its unique terroir, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s commitment to research and innovation at the vineyard has earned Cold Creek wines critical acclaim, with more than sixty scores of 90 and above.”

With a little irrigation that is closely monitored, they are raising great fruit and making some nice wines, all sold at very affordable prices. The Twin Cities had more rain last week than the Cold Creek winery will receive this year. The vines don’t need very much to flourish, just a drop here and there and the result makes life a little richer.

Cheers! -Bill “The Wine Guy”

Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

The Indian Wells Cabernet is a warm climate ripe, jammy “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine offers dark fruit aromas and flavors. Syrah added an enhanced richness and concentration to the wine.

Regular Price $19.99

REWARDS PRICE $12.96 

Prices good thru September 25, 2019

Indian Wells Chardonnay Columbia Valley

The 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 sauce.

Regular Price $19.99

REWARDS PRICE $12.96 

Prices good thru September 25, 2019

Indian Wells Merlot Columbia Valley

The Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors. 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.

Regular Price $19.99

REWARDS PRICE $12.96 

Prices good thru September 25, 2019

Indian Wells Red Wine Blend Columbia Valley

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 nine 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.

Regular Price $19.99

REWARDS PRICE $12.96 

Prices good thru September 25, 2019

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