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The sweet taste of divorce, and other South Sound wine tales

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 19, 2007 at 9:07 am | No Comments »
September 19, 2007 9:07 am

An acquaintance sent me a glass of wine. Seeing as how she’s not in the food or wine business, I accepted. This wasn’t any glass of wine. It was a 1995 Opus One, a Napa red blend that retails for about 500 bucks.

Mother of Bacchus! Whatta wine. Smooth and polished. Legs lasted forever. Full of sexy sediment. Cherries, plums and florals floated from the crystal. I float just thinking of the sips I was sent.

But an off flavor permeated the pleasure: The woman poured the wine in celebration of her wedding anniversary, smack in the middle of her divorce. She’d plucked the bottle from her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s cellar.

Anyway, I’m up to my grape leaves in deadlines this morning. I’m writing about South Sound winemakers. While I’m doing whatever it is I do that constitutes my craft, I invite you to belly up to the comments bar here at Ed’s Diner to discuss South Sound wines:

The Rhone-style wines of McCrae Cellars in Rainier. The reds of Donedi in Tenino. Bob Andrake’s bruiser reds from Olympia, and his son’s more finessed reds called Hurricane Ridge.

Have you tried Walter Dacon’s full-force syrahs? They’re made in Shelton. What about the sangiovese at Stina’s Cellars in University Place?

Have you visited Trillium Creek in Lakebay? Its tasting room is something to behold: a fairy-tale Alsatian castle. Its cellar is a cave. That’s something, too. But this is better: The winemakers are friends with Kelly Estrella and they sell her extraordinary (and hard-to-get at retail) cheeses. They grow their own pinot grapes, too, plus a few experimental varieties.

Wine country, South Sound style. At least I think that’s my story. My deadline’s at 3. Join in. Check back.

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