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To Each His Own

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I often think in terms of songs...mostly old ones, and often with wine. A favorite in terms of my belief is "To Each His Own." Or, to be more PC today, "To Each His/Her Own" or "To Each Their Own," except that "each" and "their" in that construction grates on my nerves. Anyway....

We all have our personal preferences when it comes to wine, food, and most other things. Personal preferences. That's one reason most of us like having a variety of wines and wine styles: we can find what suits our individual tastes. Red, white, tannic, soft, acidic, sweet, dry, bold, delicate, subtle....on and on. I doubt that anyone has one single favorite; certainly I don't. But I keep looking for - and finding - what to me are special wines.

As another old song says, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," but our own area has so much to offer that I need not travel far to find something new to take my fancy. Recently I actually went to downtown Leavenworth, walked the tourist-crowded streets, and found some new and very local wines which made my taste buds happy.

At Baroness Cellars on Front St. I tried Danielle's 2009 Grenache, which was as wonderful as the 2008 had been. I must say that I am a big fan of Grenache, or Garnacha, as the Spanish say. We have purchased Spanish Garnacha for years. Yes, the import is a lot less expensive, but right now, Baroness' is my fav. Soon I'll be able to try the new Ryan Patrick Grenache which is now resting in bottles, awaiting release.

On down the street, I stopped at Tamara Newsom's shop, Inside and Out, which also houses Rob Newsom's new Boudreaux Cellars tasting room, where I had my first taste of his Riesling. Wow! I went back a few days later to see if it really was as good as I thought. It was. I hope they don't get tired of seeing me.

The next week, while bottling* 37 Cellars new Chardonnay, I wanted to re-taste the exciting new Trio blend of Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot...and couldn't! Chuck and Frank said it had all been sold to the Icicle Brewing Company, along with some of their Chardonnay. Beer is not my beverage, but IBC is also a fun place to go and have wine, if wine's your choice. First and third Thursdays you'll hear Blue Grass, too. As Chandler would say, "Could it be any better? "

*bottling: Joanne's-ipedia. Standing around sipping the new stuff while supervising those doing the actual physical labor.

Gary Seidler of Silvara Vineyards called to say his new Chard was just released, so of course we had to try it. Lightly oaked and perky - yes, "perky", its fruity and floral aromas and flavors invited me to have seconds. It would have been rude to have refused, right?

Final destination before returning home: Wedge Mountain Winery in Peshastin, as I had promised Charlie and Maryann a couple of my home-made truffles to go with their delightful Roses and Rubies. I also knew they were pouring their 2007 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon which I had tasted once, upon release September 11, and it was nice. Is that called "damning with faint praise?"

But what a month can do to a bottle of wine! I hadn't even lifted the glass when the heady aromas floated up and kissed me. I inhaled, sipped, and was in love...again, and remembered never to be too hasty to judge a wine...or anything else.

I think I'd better whip up some more truffles and head out to visit Wedge Mountain Winery again - and soon!